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YES Network Rides Nets to Ratings Bonanza

Just how popular are the Brooklyn Nets?

The Nets, who began their rebirth this season within the five boroughs, gave the YES Network its best Nets ratings for a regular season game.

The game in question was Saturday night versus the Heat, making the most-watched and highest-rated non-playoff Nets game on YES.

A look inside the numbers, the game pulled in an average 158,000 households and an average 2.15 average household rating. The Nets lost to the Heat, 102-89.

Delving deeper, the matchup with Miami was the highest-rated and most-watched regular season Nets game, not featuring the Knicks, on a New York regional sports network in 15 years. To find a better showing, you’d have to go back to a Nets/Bulls tilt in January 1998 on Fox Sports New York that averaged 186,000 households and a 2.80 household rating.

Nielsen numbers also show YES with a huge “Brooklyn boost.”

Comparing the first month last year to this year is staggering. Nets’ telecasts are up a whopping 235 percent among all people 25 to 54 and 200 percent with men 25 to 54.

Nets vs. Lakers Most Watched Nets Telecast in Six Years

For some reason, people in this city enjoy the Brooklyn Nets. We’ve never heard of them, but apparently they’re in the NBA just like the New York Knicks, a team with the best record in the league. FishbowlNY’s ignorance aside, the Nets must be doing something right, because last night’s game versus the Lakers was the most-watched and highest-rated regular season Nets broadcast on YES since 2006.

The 10 pm tip-off garnered 125,000 average TV HHs and a 1.69 average TV HH rating, which was also made it YES’ third-most-watched and third-highest-rated Nets telecast ever.

We must find out more about these “Nets.” We’re going to start by Googling, “inferior basketball team in New York” and go from there.

News Corp. Confirms Purchase of YES Network Stake

News Corporation just made the rumor that it was purchasing a stake in YES Network a fact. According to a press release from the company, the deal for News Corp. to acquire a 49 percent stake in YES will close by the end of the year.

As part of the deal (numbers were not disclosed) Yankee Global Enterprises, YES’s parent, Goldman Sachs, and others reduce their stake. After three years, News Corp. has the green light to purchase up to 80 percent of the network.  Also, buried in the same release, YES Network now owns the broadcast rights to Yankees games through 2042.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to enhance News Corporation’s industry-leading portfolio of sports properties, while also strategically re-entering the New York market,” said James Murdoch, News Corp.’s deputy COO, in a statement. “The YES Network represents the gold standard for regional sports networks and is a pioneer in sports media.”

“FOX wrote the book on regional sports networks, and we are excited to partner with FOX and take advantage of this opportunity to build upon our leadership position,” added Tracy Dolgin, YES Network’s president and CEO.

News Corp. to Purchase Stake in YES Network

News Corporation and the Yankees. Strange bedfellows? Perhaps, but according to The New York Times, they’re both about to snuggle up. News Corp. is said to be close to purchasing a stake in YES Network, which broadcasts the Bronx Bombers and Brooklyn Nets games.

Negotiations are still underway, but according to the Times, News Corp. would buy a stake in YES from the Yankees’ equity partners, and Yankees Global Enterprises — YES’ parent — would retain its 34 percent stake. No word on what the price tag will be, but YES has been valued at about $3 billion.

We were going to offer a funny remark about this deal, but we cannot top this comment on the Times’ report, from Tom S:

“No! This is terrible news, now we have to listen to A-Rod’s voicemail???”

Perfection.

Yankees, Ibanez Heroics Catapult YES Network to Record Setting Night

Moments after Raul Ibanez crushed his second home run of the night, YES Network was on the air with complete coverage of the dramatic ALCS win.

Michael Kay was in place at the Stadium with David Cone, while Bob Lorenz, John Flaherty, and Jack Curry supplemented from the studio.

As expected, fans couldn’t get enough Yankee talk, switching to YES Network following the playoff game on TBS. It became the highest-rated first-round post-game on the YES in eight years (October 9, 2004).

Last night’s wrap-up to the dramatic outcome averaged 128,000 households or a 1.73 HH rating. It peaked from 11:30 to 11:45 p.m. with a 2.47 household rating or an estimated 182,000 households.

The Yankees can advance to the ALCS with a victory tonight against Baltimore. Win or lose, the YES Network will have the special edition post-game show.

Yankees-Red Sox Lifts YES Network to Best Night in More Than a Year

One of the last regular season matchups for the Yankees on the YES Network scored big numbers last night.

The game against the Red Sox, which put the Yanks in position to secure the AL East, was the most-viewed YES broadcast since September 1, 2011 (also a Red Sox/Yankees game).

The dramatic 12-inning Yankee triumph averaged 698,000 total viewers, with a 6.87 Household rating. The telecast peaked during the 10:00-10:15 p.m. quarter-hour, when  more than 1.1 million total viewers tuned in.

New York Jets Lose to the Steelers, But Win the Ratings Week

Despite losing to the Steelers Sunday night, 27-10, at Heinz Field, enough Jets (and Steeler) fans tuned in to catapult to the top spot in the weekly prime time ratings. The game, broadcast by CBS, reeled in a 1.8 million fans on Channel 2 with a 9.1 rating, according to Nielsen.

Thanks to those strong numbers, 60 Minutes placed second with a shade less than 1.1 million viewers and a 5.6 rating.

In addition, as NBC’s Sunday Night Football, even without the local feel, piled up huge ratings. The Lions and Niners landed in third place with 1 million WNBC viewers and a 5.1 rating.

In the battle of singing competitions, the new season of NBC’s The Voice and Fox’s X Factor are going head-to-head. X Factor has become part “fascination Factor” as Britney Spears debuted as a judge. X Factor grew first blood as the fourth and fifth (tied) most popular shows for the week, combining for 809.5 million WNYW viewers and a 4.1 rating.

As for The Voice, making its fourth cycle, it tied for fifth with X Factor (779,000/4.0) and had a ninth-place result (696,000/3.6).

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WEPN Signs Michael Kay to a Three-Year Extension

Michael Kay will remain on double duty for several years to come. Kay inked a three-year deal as one of the main voices on ESPN New York 98.7 FM/WEPN. Kay hosts the afternoon slot from 3 to 7 p.m. with Don LaGreca, in a pivotal sports talk battle with the venerable Mike Francesa on WFAN.

“We’re delighted that Michael Kay will remain with ESPN New York 98.7,” WEPN VP/general manager Dave Roberts tells FishbowlNY. “Michael’s work ethic and his overall knowledge of sports in New York are key ingredients for nothing but success. He is a true professional and a winner.”

A Fordham University graduate, Kay has been the Yankees TV voice since the YES Network debuted in 2002. That same year, Kay launched his drive time show on ESPN Radio in New York.

(Video) Mike Francesa On-Air Nap Becomes Viral Sensation

Fear not if you haven’t seen Mike Francesa dozing off during his WFAN afternoon show this week, we have it after the jump. It was unbeknownst to his radio followers as the veteran host nodded while Yankee beat reporter Sweeny Murti had a live segment on the phone.

But for those who tuned into Francesa’s YES Network simulcast, they witnessed the nap in its entirety–less than 50 seconds.

During that time, Francesa (shown on the larger split screen with a still shot of Murti) appears to be reading something. Then his head drifts lower. Ultimately, he catches himself and awakes with a look for the ages. It’s not certain if Francesa bounced back on his own, if the producer was screaming in his ear, or if Murti startled Francesa. To his credit, Francesa didn’t miss a step. Not sounding groggy, he promptly resumed his professional give and take with Murti.

Along with a You Tube clip generating more than 200,000 views, All Access says the story was been reported as far away as Australia and Britain.

In July, as part of WFAN’s 25th anniversary, Francesa, 58, admitted that he was 50-50 on retiring after his contract expires in 2014.

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Giants’ Season Opener Wins in Ratings, But Not On the Field

It was a rare Wednesday night in the NFL. The season opener was switched to accommodate a national audience for President Obama’s Democratic National Convention acceptance speech.

The Giants began defense of their latest Super Bowl triumph, hosting the Cowboys. Although the G-Men fell short, 24-17, the NBC kickoff special was the week’s winner. The matchup had an estimated 2.1 million fans and a 10.6 rating, according to Nielsen. Gearing up for the game, the pre-game also registered big second place numbers with 1.9 million people tuned in and a 9.6 rating. The 30-minutes prior to kickoff landed in seventh place (922,000/4.7).

NBC also had a strong Sunday night start, as announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, went from Metlife Stadium to Invesco Field for Peyton Manning’s Denver debut. It came in third (1.4 million/7.5). The final portion of Sunday’s pre-game show was eighth for the week (887,000/4.5).

Fox also did well for Week One for its NFL coverage. The late-game spill over pulled in a number four (1.4 million/7.1), while the entire second half of the Fox double-header was sixth (1.1 million/5.7). More game cut-ins on Fox managed a number nine (682,000/3.5).

The week was not about football. The rain-delayed women’s final at the U.S. Open Sunday was tenth (649,000/3.3).

60 Minutes rounded out the Top 10 at number 5 (1.1 million/5.9).

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