This thread is not meant to discuss race at all, just more of an FYI. Not sure if anyone else is interested in ratings, but I am.
Most of this is to be expected I assume, but the difference between the NBA draw to minorities and college basketball's draw is somewhat striking to me.
I think it is interesting to know who is watching what sports.
certainly the NFL gets more total viewers, but the NBA gets a greater % of its audience. NBA got 31% of its audience from blacks while the NCAA basketball chamopionship game only got 13%. I find that interesting
In order to read the chart at the bottom you'll need to click on the link
Monday, August 30, 2010
Demo Reel: How Major Events Did In Several Demographics
Ratings for several recent marquee sporting events -- the 2009 World Series, 2010 NBA Finals, 2010 Bowl Championship Series, 2010 NCAA Final Four, 2010 Winter Olympics, and the NFL postseason -- in the key adults 18-49 demographic as well as the Hispanic and African American demographics.
Data is based on weekly primetime television ratings released by Nielsen, meaning that events that began during the afternoon -- including the Rose Bowl, the Michigan St./Butler National Semifinal, several NFL playoff games and the World Cup -- are not included.
Why these three demographics? Weekly ratings for the Hispanic and African American demographics are consistently made available by Nielsen, as are weekly ratings in the adults 18-49 demographic. Ratings for individual telecasts in other demographics are not as easily accessible.
Not surprisingly, the Super Bowl topped the charts among adults 18-49, drawing a 38.6 rating and 50.820 million viewers. The demographic made up 48% of the audience for the game, on par with the three other primetime NFL playoff games this year (47% to 48%). The NFL games topped all other events measured -- except for the NBA Finals.
The NBA Finals had the largest proportion of adults 18-49, with the demographic accounting for 51% to 55% of the audience for each game. The series as a whole averaged a 7.3 rating and approximately 9.6 million viewers in the demo, topping the World Series (6.2, appx. 8.2 mil) and Winter Olympics (6.5, appx. 8.5 mil).
The NBA Finals also drew the single largest non-NFL audience in the demographic, as Game 7 scored an 11.4 rating and 15.036 million viewers (53% of the game's total audience). The second most-viewed non-NFL telecast was the BCS National Championship Game, which drew a 10.5 and 13.380 million in the demo (43% of the audience).
The Winter Olympics had the smallest proportion of adults 18-49, as the demographic made up approximately 35% of the audience for NBC's primetime telecasts. The Orange Bowl had the smallest single audience, with a 3.6 and 4.796 million (still 44% of the total audience).
Again, the Super Bowl topped the list, drawing a 43.8 and 11.242 million viewers in the demographic. However, African Americans made up only 11% of the audience for the Super Bowl -- the smallest of the four primetime playoff games (the other games ranged from 12% to 15%) and comparable to the BCS (11% for the four primetime games) and Final Four (12% for the two primetime games).
None of those events could compare to the NBA Finals. African Americans made up approximately 31% of the audience for the series, averaging just over 5.6 million viewers for the seven games. Game 7 drew a whopping 35.3 rating and 7.758 million viewers in the demo, and the series accounted for the seven largest non-NFL audiences in the demographic. By comparison, the NCAA Basketball National Championship Game averaged a 15.4 rating and 3.004 million in the demographic, just 13% of the audience.
On the flip side, African Americans made up a much smaller segment of the audience for the World Series and Winter Olympics. The demographic made up just 9% of the audience for the World Series, averaging less than 1.8 million viewers per game. Meanwhile, only three primetime Winter Olympics telecasts even made the weekly Top 25 in the African American demographic (one each week of the event) -- and for those telecasts, the demographic made up just 4% to 5% of the audience.
The Super Bowl also topped the charts among Hispanics, averaging a 28.4 rating and 8.277 million viewers -- or 8% of the game's total audience. Hispanics made up 6% to 8% of the audience for the other three primetime NFL playoff games.
As in the Adults 18-49 and African American demographics, the NBA Finals had the largest proportion of Hispanic viewers. Hispanics made up 13% of the audience for the NBA Finals, averaging approximately 2.3 million viewers -- topping the World Series (appx. 2.1 million, 11% of the audience). Of the events examined, the NBA Finals, NFL postseason and World Series were the only ones where Hispanics made up at least 10% of the audience.
Hispanics made up just 6% of the audience for the BCS National Championship Game and just 4% of the audience for the NCAA Basketball National Championship Game. The latter drew just a 5.7 rating and 1.036 million in the demographic, well below any game of the NBA Finals or World Series -- and the Duke/West Virginia National Semifinal two nights earlier drew a remarkably low 2.7 and 493,000 in the demo (just 3% of the game's total audience).
Though Hispanics only made up 4% of the audience for the Winter Olympics, the primetime telecasts consistently finished among the ten highest rated English-language programs of the week in the demographic.
Excluding the NFL, the NBA Finals averaged more young and minority viewers than any other event examined -- and a larger percent of those viewers as well. Based on the ratings, there would appear to be some cultural differences between the NBA and college basketball, as the two primetime NCAA Final Four games had fewer young/minority viewers and substantially smaller proportions of both.
The World Series outdrew the NBA Finals as a whole, but lagged behind in all three demographics examined -- even among Hispanics, who represent a larger percent of Major League Baseball players than NBA players.
The Winter Olympics was the only event measured in which adults 18-49 made up less than 40% of the average audience, and the only event in which both African Americans and Hispanics made up less than 10% of the audience. That said, the event still put up strong numbers overall.
Ratings/Viewership For Recent Marquee Sporting Events Among Adults 18-49, African Americans and Hispanics