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OSC Weekly Ratings Wrapup

by David Carlson
October 16, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS)

WNBA Playoff Ratings Review

While last year's WNBA Finals only went three games, it was able to top over 500k viewers twice. The top number of viewers for this year's finals came in at just short of that with 499k. Both season's Finals games were aired during the NFL season. According to, this was the lowest-rated WNBA finals since 2013. The league's lone broadcast network airing of the Finals occurred on Sunday, placing it in direct competition with NFL football, drew fewer viewers than Tuesday's ESPN appearance.

2018 vs. 2019

Game #20182019
1Fri 9/7 9pESPN.08/290k*Sun 9/29 3pESPN.07/234k
2Sun 9/9 3pABC.13/546kTue 10/1 8pESPN.14/499k
3Wed 9/12 8pESPN.14/519kSun 10/6 3pABC.07/425k
4n/aTue 10/8 8pESPN2.08/312k
5n/aThu 10/10 8pESPN2.12/440k

*- First hour on ESPNews (.05/226k)

MLS Ratings on FOX Sports under the microscope

An article on went into the woes that MLS is having on FS1. Neither game on September 29 at the time was in the top 150 cable originals for the day, but this article provided the numbers: 79k and 84k in total viewers. The author misses the likely point, though, which is FS1 is just less of a network focal point for viewers than ESPN, or even ESPN2. That fact alone provides most of the reasoning when viewing ratings differences between FS1 and ESPN.

Last Week's OSC Leagues Ratings Summary:

10/88pmESPN2WNBA Finals Gm 4.08/312k
10/108pmESPN2WNBA Finals Gm 5.12/440k
10/117pmESPNewsCFLNot in Top 150

Coming up this week with OSC league programming on TV:

10/18 7pmESPNewsCFL
10/19 10pmESPNewsMLS

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NOTE: Don't know what the "demo" is? Unsure of why the different ratings numbers don't match up? Read our explanation of TV ratings in our first article here.

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