Michigan State's dramatic NCAA Tournament victory over Duke drew a 10.5 television rating, the highest for a late Sunday regional final in 14 years.
CBS Sports and Turner Sports say television ratings for the NCAA Tournament across four networks that broadcast the first week of games were up 8 percent over last year.
Correction: Trump-TV Ratings story
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Jan. 9 about television ratings for President Donald Trump's prime-time speech Tuesday, The Associated Press erroneously reported the estimated number of viewers. The Nielsen company's public report about the number of viewers did not include people who watched on CBS, because the network's contract with Nielsen expired at the end of last year and hasn't been renewed.
New Year’s Eve television viewership takes a dip
NEW YORK (AP) — Television ratings for New Year's Eve celebrations took a tumble this year — and you can probably partly blame the weather.
Contrary to what the soggy celebrants in New York's Times Square might think, it is because of good weather. Last year's ABC's "New Year's Rockin' Eve" had its biggest audience since at least 1991 with much of the country locked in a deep freeze and potential partygoers wanting to stay home and keep warm.
Lopsided games, schedule drag down CFP television ratings
Television viewership for the College Football Playoff on ESPN dropped from last season, dragged down by lopsided games and not being played on New Year's Day.
SEC championship game thriller draw huge TV rating for CBS
The SEC championship thriller between Alabama and Georgia on CBS drew the highest television rating for regular-season college football game in seven years.
CBS announced Sunday the game drew a 10.52 rating, an increase of 25 percent over last year's SEC title game between Auburn and Georgia and the best rating for any non-bowl game since LSU and Alabama played a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in November 2011. That Game of the Century got an 11.9 rating on CBS.
NBC, CBS fighting for television ratings dominance
NEW YORK (AP) — Score one week for NBC in what's becoming an intriguing battle with CBS for dominance in the television ratings this season.
NBC's victory in the most recent measurements provided by the Nielsen company means it has won bragging rights for three weeks so far this fall, with CBS also winning three weeks. Fox won the week during the World Series.
NFL television ratings see increase for most packages
After years of declines, NFL television ratings are showing modest gains.
Three of the league's television partners have shown increases after the first nine weeks of the season while one remains flat. That is welcome news after ratings decreased 9.7 percent last season and 8 percent in 2016.
Alabama-LSU on CBS draws best TV rating of college season
CBS says Alabama-LSU in prime time Saturday drew the best overnight television rating for any college football game this season.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide's 29-0 victory against the Tigers, who came into the game ranked No. 4 in the AP Top 25, earned a 6.7 rating. That was up 81 percent from last season's 3.7 rating in prime time.
CBS says the game peaked with an 8.0 rating between 9-9:30 p.m. Eastern.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA Finals led ABC to victory in the television ratings last week, but it must have been hard for network executives not to wonder what could have been.
The third and fourth games of the Warriors-Cavaliers series were the two most-watched shows on television last week, the Nielsen company said. It was the fourth straight year those two teams have met for the NBA crown.
“Sunday Night Football” sets TV ratings record
NEW YORK (AP) — America has spoken: NFL over "American Idol."
For the seventh consecutive year, NBC's "Sunday Night Football" has topped the season's television ratings, as measured by Nielsen. That edges the six straight years for Fox's "American Idol" (2005-06 through 2010-11).
The football games averaged 18.2 million TV viewers in 2017, a 29 percent margin over the runner-up, "Thursday Night Football" on CBS.
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS is finishing another television season atop the television ratings, but the network had to sweat a little this time.
The traditional TV season that started in September ends on Wednesday, and CBS will win bragging rights for the 10th year in a row, the Nielsen company said. CBS has won for 15 of the last 16 years, the only exception being Fox during the height of "American Idol."
NEW YORK - Villanova's comfortable victory over Michigan in the NCAA men's basketball final may have been good for the blood pressure of the team's fans. But it didn't help television ratings.
The Nielsen company said the game was seen by a total of 16 million people on TBS, TNT and Tru TV last week. That's down sharply from the 23 million people who watched North Carolina beat Gonzaga in the 2017 finals, which was telecast on the more high-profile CBS.
Television ratings down for NCAA finals on cable TV
NEW YORK (AP) — Villanova's comfortable victory over Michigan in the NCAA men's basketball final may have been good for the blood pressure of the team's fans, but it wasn't good for television ratings.
Oscars hit all-time low in early ratings amid liberal political posturing
The Academy Awards registered Sunday what may be an all-time television ratings low for a politically charged broadcast that featured a slate of nominated movies few viewers had ever seen.
Initial Nielsen figures gave the 90th annual Academy Awards an 18.9 percent live same-day household rating, which would be the lowest in Oscars history, below the 20.9 percent rating for the 2008 telecast, according to Deadline Hollywood.
Little change in TV ratings for new-look NBA All-Star Game
NEW YORK (AP) — A new format for the NBA All-Star Game had a negligible impact on television ratings.
Total viewership for the game was down slightly compared to last year, although it improved over 2014, the previous time the league's midseason showcase faced competition from the Winter Olympics.
Bill Parcells won two Super Bowls as a head coach. Now, hes like many NFL fans watching on television each week, still transfixed by the games, often perplexed by them, too.
The officiating is almost an impossible job now; there are so many variables, Parcells said. And the replay situation is out of control. Youve got people looking at the replay, and they cant even get it right. So it must be too complicated.
College Football Playoff TV ratings rise on return to Jan. 1
With the semifinals back New Year's Day, viewership for the College Football Playoff on ESPN was the highest it has been since the first season of the postseason system in 2015.
The double overtime Rose Bowl thriller between Georgia and Oklahoma drew a 14.8 overnight Nielsen rating and average viewership of 27 million, up 39 percent over last season's early semifinal. Georgia beat Oklahoma 54-48 and ESPN said the television rating reached a high of 17.3 in overtime.
NBA TV ratings, including local broadcasts of Spurs, on rise
Pro basketball isn’t just Rudy Gay’s livelihood. It’s his life’s passion.
“This league has always been exciting to me — I’m obsessed with it,” the Spurs forward said.
Judging from the substantial jump in the NBA’s television ratings for nationally televised games, many other Americans have caught the same hoops fever Gay has had since his childhood days in Baltimore.
Television ratings another casualty of Hurricane Irma
NEW YORK (AP) — The ability of television networks to know how many people are watching their programs is one temporary casualty of Hurricane Irma.
The Nielsen company said Tuesday that its ratings information from this past weekend is delayed because the company's processing center in Tampa, Florida, was shut down because of Irma. The company's weekly list of top television programs is usually released Tuesdays, and it's unclear when it will be ready.
It's the television industry's biggest week of the year. Thousands of advertisers are descending on New York City's most prestigious venues — Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall — to get their first glimpse of the major networks' new fall schedules before agreeing to shell out billions of dollars for TV time.
But the gathering comes at a troubling time for the industry: TV's advertising model is under siege.
NEW YORK (AP) — The captain drew higher television ratings than his former Boss.
The Yankees' ceremony to retire Derek Jeter's No. 2 jersey and dedicate his plaque in Monument Park was the most-viewed program in the New York area during its time period on Sunday night and was the most-watched non-game in the history of the YES Network, which launched in 2002.
Rough week for Fox broadcast in television ratings
NEW YORK (AP) — It felt like a summer week on the Fox broadcasting network — and that's not a good thing.
Bereft of hits and in the traditional April lull before the last big month of the traditional TV season, Fox averaged a paltry 2.2 million viewers last week. Its most popular show, "Empire," aired a rerun that had barely over 3 million viewers.
Its most popular show last week, an episode of "Masterchef Junior," ranked No. 49 for the week, the Nielsen company said.
Since officially assuming office Friday afternoon and taking over the @POTUS account, President Trump has been uncharacteristically quiet on Twitter.
That ended Sunday morning, as Trump took to his personal Twitter account Sunday morning to criticize Saturday’s women’s marches and boast about the television ratings of his inauguration.
Sapakoff: Drop in Clemson-Alabama ratings should inspire CFP move off Monday night
It was at least an Instant Classic and perhaps the best college football championship game since the defunct Bowl Championship Series began matching No. 1 vs. No. 2 in 1998. But Clemson’s thrilling 35-31 upset of Alabama on Monday night in Tampa didn’t translate into the kind of television ratings bonanza you might expect.
Parton, Christmas tree lighting, Cowboys give NBC big week
NEW YORK (AP) — With the help of Dolly Parton, an iconic Christmas tree lighting, "The Voice" and the Dallas Cowboys, NBC enjoyed one of its best weeks in television ratings in years.
Aside from times when NBC had the Olympics or Super Bowl, the week ending Sunday was the network's most-watched in 19 years, said Bob Greenblatt, NBC chairman.
‘America’s Got Talent’ gives season-ending win to NBC
NEW YORK (AP) — The 12-year-old singing sensation Grace VanderWaal's $1 million prize capped a successful season for summer's favorite television show, "America's Got Talent," and helped NBC to victory last week in the television ratings.
Return of football leads NBC to dominating win
NEW YORK (AP) — The return of football and back-to-back prime-time interviews with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump led NBC to a decisive victory in the television ratings.
Both the season-opening Super Bowl rematch between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos and a Sunday night game involving a Tom Brady-less New England team and Arizona both reached more than 20 million viewers, the Nielsen company said.
Return of college football boosts ABC in ratings
NEW YORK (AP) — The return of college football boosted ABC to a win in the weekly television ratings.
The network scored with Sunday night's overtime thriller between Notre Dame and Texas, which was behind only "America's Got Talent" among television's most popular shows last week, and Saturday's less thrilling game between USC and Alabama.
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump pulled off the upset — at least in television popularity.
Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention was seen by 29.8 million people on the commercial networks, the Nielsen company said Friday. That fell short of the 32.2 million people who watched Trump speak to the Republicans a week before.
Trump, who used to carefully watch television ratings during his days as star of "The Apprentice," immediately...
The College Football Playoff is considering moving future semifinals off New Year's Eve after television ratings for last season's games plunged.
Executive director Bill Hancock told reporters at Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover, Alabama, that the conference commissioners who make up the playoff management committee are open to changing future schedules, starting in 2019 when the semifinals are scheduled for New Year's Eve, and are exploring...