Latest Television ratings News

NBC estimates 17 million in US saw opening of Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 25, 2021 20:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated 17 million people in the United States watched the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics held in a largely empty stadium, down 36% from the kickoff to the Rio de Janeiro Games five years ago. The 17 million includes people who watched the...

NBA Finals up over last year, but post 4th-lowest average

Jul. 21, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Television ratings for the NBA Finals and playoffs posted sizable increases over last year. But that was the only good news for the NBA as far as viewer numbers. According to Nielsen, the NBA and ABC, the six-game series between the Milwaukee Bucks and...

Shark bites new viewers for Discovery in 33rd year

Jul. 20, 2021 21:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Shark Week just finished its 33rd edition on Discovery, a television event so old that one advertising executive joked it could have its own children. But some recent research illustrated its potency in bringing new viewers to the network, something...

IndyCar inks new NBC Sports deal, 2 races to run on Peacock

Jul. 20, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

IndyCar announced an extension with NBC Sports on Tuesday that guarantees a majority of its races will be on the main network broadcast rather than cable, including a series-high 13 events on the flagship channel next season. Still, the migration toward streaming will...

WWE leaves virtual reality behind in 1st tour since 2020

Jul. 16, 2021 02:04 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Triple H walked with his arms crossed like an X -- his signature Degeneration X symbol -- with his 7-foot tag-team partner Joel Embiid to ring a ceremonial bell last month before a Philadelphia 76ers playoff game. His theme music blared through the...

All-Star TV rating hits record low, viewers up slightly

Jul. 14, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The television rating for baseball’s All-Star Game sank to a record low but viewers increased by 1%. The American League’s 5-2 win over the National at Denver on Tuesday night featuring Shohei Ohtani as the first two-way All-Star got a 4.5 rating and...

NBA Finals ratings up from 2020 pandemic, down from 2019

Jul. 13, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA Finals has gained some, but not all, of its audience back after last year's trip to the pandemic bubble. The first three games of the championship match between the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks averaged just about 9 million viewers, the...

Coach's dad wants Bucks to press, Giannis likes the idea

Jul. 08, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — If Vince Budenholzer had his way, the Milwaukee Bucks would start guarding Chris Paul the minute he walked into the arena. Mike Budenholzer grew up in Holbrook, Arizona, where his father was a state championship-winning high school coach. The Bucks coach...

Can't watch fireworks at home? Millions choose NBC

Jul. 07, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 8 million people took in Fourth of July fireworks on television this year, watching NBC's coverage of the Macy's New York City celebration in one of two helpings. The two-hour fireworks presentation drew 4.9 million viewers to NBC at 8 p.m....

'America's Got Talent' tops TV's Nielsen ratings

Jun. 30, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Competition at athletic venues dominated the agenda for television viewers last week, but none was as popular as a competition on stage. “America's Got Talent,” which is well-established as TV's favorite live show of the summer, reached seven million...