Midday update: Louisville tops NBA Draft television markets
Russ Smith responded in a forceful and determined way after watching the teams he worked out for take passes on him during the NBA Draft. In fact, he said he had resigned himself to going undrafted when the Philadelphia 76ers took him with the 47th pick, then traded him to New Orleans. Now, he says, he’s determined more than ever before. Read my column about it here.
— Rick Bozich did the heavy lifting on the NBA Draft for WDRB Thursday night — read his wrap-up of Julius Randle, James Young and Noah Vonleh. Click to read
— The NBA Draft earned a 7.2 rating for ESPN in the Louisville market, a 12 share, according to The Nielsen Co., which not only was the best sports rating of the day in the city, but the highest rating for any of the metered markets nationally. The rating represents nearly 50,000 households in the Louisville market. Oklahoma City was the No. 2 market nationally, followed by Memphis, Raleigh-Durham and Cleveland. The Draft’s 3.1 overnight was its highest ever for ESPN, up 19 percent from a year ago. More from this ESPN release.
Willie Cauley-Stein Tweets that he’s returning to Kentucky
I’m proud to say I’m coming back for my junior year. I still have an empty spot to fulfill and in no rush to leave the best fans in the USA!— Willie Cauley-Stein (@THEwillieCS15)April 14, 2014
Willie Cauley-Stein announces via Twitter this evening that he’s returning to the University of Kentucky for his junior season. It’s a big deal for Kentucky’s title hopes next season. Cauley-Stein, who wasn’t around for the stretch run after injuring his ankle in UK’s Sweet 16 win over Louisville, is the biggest defensive game-changer in the college game, and should be even more effective in his third college season. Story to come.
Letter from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, asking a Federal judge for mercy in sentencing former University of Kentucky star and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer. It was one of 29 letters unsealed by the court this week. Farmer is serving 27 months in prison for abuses during his time in office. READ MORE at WDRB.com
March Madness hits multi-year ratings low with move to cable
Sports Media Watch breaks down the boon that the Final Four move has been to cable television, but notes that it has not brought more viewers to the event as a whole. Viewership for Saturday’s late game is down by 800,000 viewers from last year, despite ratings for three cable networks being combined. The championship will be carried by CBS this year, but moves to TBS next season.
(For a breakdown of overnight ratings from the Louisville market, click here.)
Nielsen ratings in Louisville for Kentucky’s win over Wisconsin
It was a Final Four broadcast unlike any other. Last night’s national semifinal games weren’t seen on CBS — much to the chagrin of all local CBS affiliates. But the numbers in Louisville were still large.
In overnights provided by The Nielsen Co., on the main telecast, on TBS, the game in the Louisville market drew a 24.6 rating, 37 share (approximately 167,280 households). The “teamcast” on TNT with Rob Bromley and Rex Chapman on the call turned in an also-robust 11.3 rating, 17 share. The Wisconsin-centered broadcast on Tru drew a 1.5, 2 share. Overall, the game drew a 37.4 rating, 56 share (approximately 254,320 households).
It wasn’t what the game probably would’ve done on CBS. UK’s regional final win over Michigan on CBS drew a 55.6/64. Its win over U of L on CBS did a 50.6 rating, 73 share in the Louisville market.
Last night’s other semifinal, between UConn and Florida, drew a 13.3 rating, 24 share on TBS, and 19.4 rating, 35 share overall.
Local CBS affiliates get one more payday with this season’s championship game — before that game moves to TBS next season.
He’s got that clutch gene.
WDRB | James Young an unsung hero in UK’s Final Four win
He had a game-high 17 points, but his performance may have been overshadowed by Aaron Harrison’s end-game heroics. Still, James Young was a major factor in the University of Kentucky advancing to Monday’s NCAA title game, and Wildcats’ coach John Calipari expects more of him against Connecticut.