Ratings: Phillies-Braves, NHL, Racing, and more

Thanks to a rain delay that pushed the game into prime time, Phillies-Braves hit a four-year high watchership on FOX on Wednesday night. Plus: The NHL opened its season with consecutive nights of dips; NASCAR’s streak of declines continued this past weekend. and more.

Phillies Braves delayed to prime time, the best LDS 2 game in four years

Phillies Braves’ MLB National League Division Series 2 Wednesday, which was pushed back from late afternoon to prime time due to rain, averaged 2.4 and 4.20 million viewer ratings on FOX – representing the 2nd most watched LDS game in four years (2018 Yankees – Red Sox: 5.06m). Viewership more than doubled for last year’s Braves-Brewers Game 2 on TBS, which aired on Saturday afternoon (~2.2 million).

The previous afternoon’s first game averaged 1.6 and 2.83 million on FOX (2.86 million including Fox Deportes and live streams), 34% more than the Braves-Brewers opener last Friday afternoon on TBS (2.12 million).

Phillies-Braves has been the first Division game on the FOX broadcast network since 2006.

Back in Wednesday night, Padres-Dodgers 2 averaged 3.11 million viewers on FS1 — down from last Saturday night’s Dodgers-Giants Game 2 on TBS (about 3.8 million). The game overlapped with the aforementioned Phillies-Braves Game 2 on FOX.

The first two nights of the NHL season are back from last year

Tuesday’s Lightning-Rangers NHL Opening Night averaged 0.43 and 744,000 viewers on ESPN, down more than 20% from last year’s Penguins-Lightning, which saw the NHL return to ESPN after 18 years of absence (0.56, ~983K). ). The rating of 0.43 is the lowest for the first game of the season in three years, since Capitals-Blues notched 0.42 on NBCSN in 2019. (The January 2021 season opener, Flyers-Penguins on NBCSN, was 0.48.)

Viewership for the Golden Knight Peak Night also fell sharply, which averaged 556,000.

The downtrend continued until Wednesday night, when TNT averaged 0.36 and 629,000 for Capitals-Bruins — down double digits from last year’s Rangers-Capitals game (0.44, ~817K). The Blackhawks-Avalanche nightcap (526K) is technically up 1%, but that’s based on fewer audiences last year for the same match (~522K).

NASCAR’s Newest ‘Ruffal’ Charlotte Reaches a Low Level

Charlotte “Ruval” NASCAR Cup Series last Sunday had an average rating of 1.5 and 2.39 million viewers on NBC, representing the lowest ratings and viewership for Charlotte’s fall race in at least two decades (make-up races included) . All six of the Cup Series qualifying races have fallen off this season, with each of the past five races reaching multi-year lows.

In another move, the rain-branded Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix averaged 0.28 and 549,000 on ESPN2 in the nightly hours of Sunday morning – down 29% from the last time the race was held in 2019 (772K). Viewership peaked at 767,000 in the first quarter hour of the race at 1 a.m. ET, before the race was halted after two laps due to rain. The crowd was 676,000 when the race resumed at 3:15 a.m. ET.

Plus: MLS, USWNT, NBA pre-season

ESPN averaged 343,000 networks to cover Major League Soccer during the recently completed regular season, up 16% from last year (295K) and the largest networked regular season audience since 2007. … an international football friendly match Between the US and England last Friday averaged 726,000 viewers on FOX, the most watched woman-friendly network in five years. … ESPN averaged 744,000 viewers for Timberwolves-Lakers and 724,000 for Nets-Bucks on Wednesday’s pre-NBA double-header, surpassing all pre-season games last year. Each game outperformed the competing NHL windows on TNT.

(Nielsen estimates from Programming Insider 10.13ShowBuzz Daily 10.11And the 10.12And the 10.13public relations network)

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