Rocky IV Was NBCSN’s Most Viewed Program, But More People Watched The News In Spanish: TV Ratings, In ContextS

A weekly feature wherein we contextualize TV ratings for national sports broadcasts. Data via Nielsen and Sports Business Journal's John Ourand. Viewership numbers represent approximate number of persons tuned to a given program; ratings share refers to the percentage of all households using a television who are turned into that program.

Monday, Sept. 3:
Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta (VH1): 4.4 million viewers
College football; Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech (ESPN): 4.3 million viewers
The Big Bang Theory, rerun (CBS): 5.8 million viewers

Tuesday, Sept. 4:
No highly rated sporting events

Wednesday, Sept. 5:
NFL football; Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (NBC): 23.9 million viewers
Democratic National Convention (MSNBC): 4.4 million viewers
Democratic National Convention (CNN): 4.1 million viewers
Democratic National Convention (ABC): 4.6 million viewers
Democratic National Convention (CBS): 4.4 million viewers
[Note: More people watched Bill Clinton's DNC speech than Cowboys-Giants.]
Rocky IV (NBCSN): 179,000 viewers [Note: This was NBCSN's most viewed program of the week.]
Noticiero con Enrique Gratas (Estrella TV): 276,000 viewers

Thursday, Sept. 6:
No highly rated sporting events

Friday, Sept. 7:
World Cup qualifying; Mexico at Costa Rica (Telemundo): 2.6 million viewers
CSI: NY, rerun (CBS): 3.9 million viewers

Saturday, Sept. 8:
College football; Florida at Texas A&M (ESPN): 4.5 million viewers
College football; Georgia at Missouri (ESPN2): 4.1 million viewers
College football; Nebraska at UCLA (FOX): 4.5 million viewers
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Richmond (ABC): 5.1 million viewers
Law & Order: SVU, rerun (NBC): 3.9 million viewers

Sunday, Sept. 9:
Sunday Night Football; Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos (NBC): 27.6 million viewers
Long Island Medium (Lifetime): 3.5 million viewers