Month: October 2016

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Indians vs. Cubs Sunday Night is Most-Watched World Series Game 5 Since 1997

Chicago – Facing elimination, the Chicago Cubs pulled out all the stops Sunday night and lived to fight another day, beating the Cleveland Indians in front of a boisterous crowd at Wrigley Field. Last night’s World Series Game 5 posted a 13.1/21 household rating/share with 23.6 million on the FOX broadcast network to rank as the most-watched World Series Game 5 since 1997’s 24.2 million for the Miami Marlins and the Indians matchup, according to fast national figures released by Nielsen Media Research. FOX projects to easily win Sunday night in prime time. Combined with FOX Deportes (342,000 viewers) and FOX Sports GO (135,587 average minute audience), World Series Game 5 registered 24.1 million total viewers.

Sunday night’s World Series Game 5 is the highest-rated Game 5 since 2003’s 13.2/21 for the New York Yankees and Marlins and is the most-watched baseball telecast of any kind since the 2011 World Series Game 7 between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals (25.4 million viewers). Last night easily ranks as FOX’s highest-rated and most-watched primetime telecast of the broadcast season.

Compared to last year’s World Series Game 5 clincher between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals, last night’s contest is up +37% on average audience (vs. 17.2 million) and +31% in household rating (vs. 10.0/17). Sunday night is +79% better than 2014’s Royals vs. San Francisco Giants Game 5 (vs. 7.3/12).

Through five games, the 2016 World Series is averaging an 11.0/19 household rating/share with 19.3 million viewers to rank as the most-watched World Series through the first five games since 2004’s historic matchup between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals (25.4 million viewers for a four game sweep).

In the male demos, FOX saw significant increases for Sunday night’s game over last year in M12-17 (+52%; 3.5 vs. 2.3), M18-34 (+39%; 6.4 vs. 4.6), M18-49 (+29%; 8.1 vs. 6.3), and M25-54 (+27%; 9.4 vs. 7.4). In A18-49, last night’s Game 5 is up +31% (6.7 vs. 5.1).

FOX Deportes averaged 342,000 total viewers, which ranks as the most-watched World Series game on Spanish-language television since Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. Sunday night’s World Series Game 5 is up +16% over last year (vs. 216,000 viewers). FOX Sports GO’s average minute audience of 135,587 is a new record for an authenticated event.

FOX and FOX Deportes televise World Series Game 6 between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night from Progressive Field in Cleveland with a live pregame show beginning at 7:00 PM ET on FS1.
 

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World Series Game 5 Delivers Massive 15.3 Overnight Rating

Chicago – It’s not over yet. Continuing a journey that has captivated the nation, the Chicago Cubs held off elimination with a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians in last night’s Game 5 of the 2016 World Series on FOX. The nail-biting contest produced a massive 15.3/24 overnight metered market rating/share, the best for a World Series Game 5 since 2003 (15.4/23, New York Yankees-Florida Marlins) and the highest metered-market rating for a Major League Baseball game of any kind since Game 7 of the 2011 World Series (16.3/26, Texas Rangers-St. Louis Cardinals), according to Nielsen Media Research.

World Series Game 5 was the top-rated event of the weekend and is expected to deliver FOX another victory in prime time among the broadcast networks.

Game 5 showed a +31% increase over Game 5 of the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets (vs. 11.7/19), and a +87% lift over Game 5 of the 2014 World Series between the Royals and the San Francisco Giants (vs. 8.2/13).

The local markets demonstrated dominant ratings strength once again as Cleveland led all markets with a 48.6/66 for the potential clinch, the best MLB rating of any kind in the market since Game 7 of the 1997 World Series (Indians-Marlins), while Chicago posted a 42.8/60, its best rating of any kind for a baseball telecast since Game 7 of the 2003 National League Championship Series.

Fast Nationals have been ordered for last night’s Game 5 and will be made available later today.
 

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Alabama, Michigan, Clemson & Washington Remain in This Week’s FOX FOUR

With the third year of the College Football Playoff era in full swing, FOX Sports assembles a panel of broadcasters, writers and production staff to vote on the FOX FOUR, a collective ranking of the top four teams in the country presented on FOXSports.com each week until the official College Football Playoff field is announced.

This week, the committee once again voted No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Washington its top four teams.

Click HERE for more on this week’s FOX FOUR.
 

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UFC Champion Dominick Cruz and Yves Edwards Join Studio Desk for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: DOS ANJOS VS. FERGUSON

LOS ANGELES – UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) and retired lightweight veteran Yves Edwards (@thugjitsumaster) work as FOX Sports desk analysts with host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: DOS ANJOS VS. FERGUSON live on FS1 Saturday, Nov. 5 (10:00 PM ET). Retired middleweight contender Brian Stann (@BrianStann) serves as the color analyst, calling the fights Octagon-side with blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) from Mexico City. Victor Davila (@mastervic10) and Mario Delgado (@mariodelgadorzm) have the call in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: DOS ANJOS VS. FERGUSON is headlined by a battle of lightweight contenders as former champion and current No. 2-ranked Rafael Dos Anjos (25-8) faces No. 3 Tony Ferguson (22-3) in a five-round main event. Brazil’s Dos Anjos won five straight against standouts including Nate Diaz, Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis and Benson Henderson before an upset loss to Eddie Alvarez in July cost him his title. Dos Anjos can make a statement with a win against THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER Season 13 winner Ferguson. California’s “El Cucuy” is on an eight-fight winning streak that includes victories over Edson Barboza, Josh Thomson and Abel Trujillo, as well as six post-fight bonuses. FOX Sports UFC analysts Daniel Cormier and Cruz provide an overview of the main event here.

The main card also features veteran lightweight Diego Sanchez (28-9) facing Marcin Held (22-4). No. 4-ranked featherweight Ricardo Lamas fights No. 8 Charles Oliveira (21-6, 1NC), while lightweights Martin Bravo (10-0) and Claudio Puelles (7-1) battle in the THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER LATIN AMERICA Season 3 final. No. 9 lightweight Beneil Dariush (13-2) battles No. 15 Rashid Magomedov (19-1). Rounding out the main card, strawweights Alexa Grasso (8-0) and Heather Jo Clark (7-5) square off.

The FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS begin at 8:00 PM ET and feature Erik Perez (16-6) and Felipe Arantes (18-7-1, 2NC) in a bantamweight bout. Erick Montano (8-4) and Max Griffin (12-3) clash in a welterweight fight. Henry Briones (19-5-1) and Douglas Silva de Andrade (23-1, 1NC) open the PRELIMS with a bantamweight bout.

The action kicks off Saturday night at 7:00 PM ET with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW hosted by Bryant with analysts Cruz and Edwards. Reporter Heidi Androl (@HeidiAndrol) interviews fighters on site. The same team wraps up the evening with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW immediately following the main event.

The FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW airs live on FS1 Friday, Nov. 4 (7:00 PM ET) with Bryant, Cruz and Edwards providing insights about the fighters as they tip the scales.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian and guest host Michael Bisping preview UFC FIGHT NIGHT: DOS ANJOS VS. FERGUSON and interview headliners Dos Anjos and Ferguson.

Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter for live updates throughout the fights on Saturday. Plus, the popular FOXSports.com podcast Fight Society features host Damon Martin previewing the fights and interviews headliner Ferguson, available on iTunes and Soundcloud.

For notes, coverage, bios, photography and more, visit the FOX UFC page on FOX Sports Press Pass.

 

FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

DATE

TIME (ET)

EVENT

NET*

Wednesday,

Nov. 2

8:00 PM

UFC TONIGHT

FS1

Wednesday,

Nov. 2

10:00 PM

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER

FS1

Wednesday,

Nov. 2

11:00 PM

TUF TALK

FS1

Friday,

Nov. 4

7:00 PM

FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW

FS1

Saturday, Nov. 5

7:00 PM

FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW

FS1

Saturday, Nov. 5

8:00 PM

FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS

FS1 / FOX Deportes

Saturday, Nov. 5

10:00 PM

FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: DOS ANJOS VS. FERGUSON

FS1 / FOX Deportes

Saturday, Nov. 5

1:00 AM

FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW

FS1

Sunday, Nov. 6

6:00 PM

UFC 205: ALVAREZ VS. MCGREGOR:

FIGHTING FOR HISTORY

FS1

*All programs also available on FOX Sports GO

 

Rob Stone and Alexi Lalas MLS Desk

FOX Sports Takes MLS Studio Show to Seattle for MLS Conference Semifinals Doubleheader Sunday

FOX Sports, home of the 2016 MLS Cup, continues coverage of the 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs with an action-packed doubleheader on Sunday, Oct. 30, beginning at 7:00 PM ET on FS1.

Play begins with the first leg of the two-game Eastern Conference semifinals as No. 3 seed Toronto FC squares off against No. 2 seed New York City FC. Immediately following, top-seeded FC Dallas visits the No. 4 seed Seattle Sounders in the first leg of the two-game Western Conference semifinals.

Rob Stone anchors studio coverage for both matches from a field-level set at CenturyLink Field in Seattle alongside MLS legend Alexi Lalas. JP Dellacamera and Stu Holden call the early match from Toronto’s BMO Field with sideline reporter Danielle Slaton. John Strong and Brad Friedel are on the call for the second match live from CenturyLink Field with Julie Stewart-Binks reporting from the sideline.

Nelson Valdez’s 88th-minute header gave the Seattle Sounders a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City in the knockout round of the Western Conference playoffs Thursday night in Seattle. One night earlier, Toronto FC defeated the Philadelphia Union 3-1 to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the first time in the club’s history. By virtue of finishing in the top two seeds in their respective conferences, New York City FC and FC Dallas had already clinched their spot in the two-legged conference semifinals, earning byes during the knockout round.

The 2016 MLS Cup is FOX Sports’ first presentation of the championship event, set to air on the FOX broadcast network in prime time on Saturday, Dec. 10, beginning at 7:30 PM ET. This marks the first time since 2008 that the MLS Cup will air live on English-language network television.

Both matches can be streamed live via the FOX Sports GO or FOX Soccer 2Go mobile apps, and on desktop via FOXSportsGO.com. FOX Sports GO is also now available on Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, and Chromecast. FS1 also offers the matches in Spanish via Secondary Audio Programming (SAP).
 

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World Series Game 2 Draws 17.8 Million Viewers for FOX Sports

Cleveland – Last night’s Game 2 of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field produced an 11.3/19 rating/share and yielded a combined average of 17.8 million viewers across FOX, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO, according to fast national figures released by Nielsen Media Research and streaming figures from Adobe Analytics, making it the highest-rated and most-watched Game 2 of the Fall Classic since 2009 (Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Yankees, 19.2 million viewers).

The Cubs’ 5-1 victory over the Indians tied the series at 1-1 and drew an average television audience of 17.4 million viewers on the FOX broadcast network, a +27% increase over last year’s 13.7 million viewers for Game 2 between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. That is also a +35% gain over 2014’s Game 2 between the Royals and the San Francisco Giants (12.9 million viewers).

Last night’s game also showed significant double-digit ratings increases over 2015 in a number of key demographics, including a +23% increase in both the A18-49 (4.8 vs. 3.9) and M12-17 (2.7 vs. 2.2) categories, in addition to a +18% lift in the M18-49 demo (5.8 vs. 4.9).

The game averaged 278,000 viewers on FOX Deportes, a +52% increase over last year’s World Series Game 2 (141,000 viewers). An additional 115,004 viewers comprised the average minute audience on FOX Sports GO, contributing to the combined total of 17.8 million viewers.

Viewership on the FOX broadcast network peaked at 20.4 million viewers between 9:00 PM – 9:15 PM ET.

Through two games, the World Series is averaging a 10.7/19 rating/share and 18.3 million viewers, a +23% increase over the same point in 2015 (vs. 8.7/16 and 14.4 million viewers) and the best two-game average since the start of the 2009 World Series (vs. 11.8/19 and 19.2 million viewers).

FOX Sports and FOX Deportes provide exclusive television coverage of World Series Game 3 on Friday night from Wrigley Field in Chicago. Live pregame coverage begins from the FOX Sports set just beyond Wrigley’s centerfield bleachers at 7:00 PM ET on FS1, before moving to FOX at 7:30 PM ET.