Sunday (7/4) sports ratings: Women's title game, NASCAR, PGA, EPL, UFL and more


The NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship dominated the rest of television Sunday with one of the best non-football sports audiences of the last half decade.

Sunday's South Carolina-Iowa NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship averaged a 9.3 rating and 18.89 million viewers on ABC (8.6, 17.48M), ESPN (0.8, 1, 39 million) and ESPN Deportes (0.01, 15,000), which represents the largest basketball viewership in five years and second largest sports audience of any type – excluding soccer and the Olympics – in the same period. For more details on the women's national championship standings, see the previous link.

The Gamecocks' victory also ranks as the most-watched professional or college basketball game broadcast outside of prime time (7:00 p.m. Sundays, 8:00 p.m. all other nights) since 1992, with the caveat that the broadcast was outside of the Prime time was not included in Nielsen estimates prior to 2020.

ABC coverage ran from 3:00 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. (ET), consistent with the network's general practice of protecting its Sunday primetime broadcasts from sports overload. In primetime Sunday, ABC averaged 2.7 and 5.14 million for “America's Funniest Home Videos,” 2.4 and 4.36 million for “American Idol” and 1.2 and 2.03 million for “What Would.” “You do?” In the key adult demographic, “AFHV” was the network's best show with a 0.58 in ages 18-49, 0.31 in ages 18-34 and 0.84 in ages 25-54, while the ABC Part of the title game scored ratings of 3.6 and 2.6, respectively, and 4.6 in those demos.

In other Sunday action, the Martinsville, Virginia-based NASCAR Cup Series averaged a 1.2 and 2.19 million on FS1 – down a touch in ratings and down 1% in viewership compared to last year, when the race had no competition the women's title fight (1.3, 2.22 million). Not counting the Daytona 500, which was postponed due to the rain, William Byron'His victory was the first race of the season to suffer a setback.

Coverage of the final round of the PGA Tour Texas Open reached 1.3 and 2.18 million viewers on NBC, up 9% in ratings and 21% in viewership compared to last year (1.2, 1, 81 million). LIV Golf on the CW had a 0.13 and 221,000.

ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball (Astros-Rangers) scored 0.7 and 1.50 million – more than the Padres-Braves last year (0.7, 1.43 million) – and led in Stars with 0.23 and 430,000 -Avalanche NHL regular season game. In other NHL games, TNT scored 0.23 and 448,000 for the Sabres-Red Wings.

A morning Premier League game between Liverpool and Manchester United drew a total of 0.86 and 1.50 million viewers on NBC (0.7, 1.18M) and Telemundo (0.16, 317,000), followed by Chelsea -Sheffield with 0.6 and 1.21 million on the same two channels (NBC). : 0.47, 885K; Telemundo: 0.16, 326K).

A Birmingham-Michigan UFL game had a 0.50 and 902,000 points on ESPN, while FOX scored a 0.44 and 849,000 points for Houston-DC. Including the two games on Saturday, the average number of UFL players in the second week was 841,000 – 19% less than the first week (1.04 million).

Further down, the Pro Bull Riders Tour broke the seven-figure mark for the second year in a row with a 0.6 and 1.02 million on CBS. That led to a high school slam dunk and three-point shooting contest with a score of 0.54 and 860,000 points, followed by an HBCU All-Star Game with a score of 0.27 and 427,000 points.

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