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Baseball’s All-Star Game had a record low television rating. The American League’s 4-3 win over the National League had a 5.0 rating on Fox, according to Nielsen Media Research. The game was seen by an average of 5.93 million households and 8.14 million viewers. That is down from a 5.2 rating and 8.69 million viewers for the AL’s 8-6, 10-inning victory last year. The Home Run Derby on ESPN and ESPN2 on Monday drew a combined 4.54 rating in metered markets, up 3% from last year’s 4.39.
The United States’ win over Japan in the Women’s World Cup final was the most viewed soccer game in the history of American television. The 5-2 victory Sunday was seen by 26.7 million viewers. Fox said Monday its English-language coverage drew a 12.9 rating and was seen by an average of 25.4 million, and NBC’s Telemundo said its telecast averaged 1.27 million. The audience peaked at 30.9 million from 8:30-8:45 p.m. as the game neared its end, and 43.2 million tuned into some portion of the match. Average viewership topped the previous mark of 26.5 million set when Germany beat Argentina in last year’s men’s World Cup final. – AP
The television rating for Game 4 between San Francisco and Kansas City dropped to a 6.3, a low for this year’s World Series, then rebounded to a 7.3 in Game 5 as the Giants took a 3-2 lead. San Francisco’s 11-4 win in the fourth game drew 10.7 million viewers on Saturday night, according to fast national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. Saturday traditionally is a night when fewer people watch TV. The Giants’ 5-0 victory Sunday was seen by an average of 12.6 million viewers, the second-highest of the Series behind 12.6 million for Game 2. The opener had a 7.3 rating, a record low for a Game 1. Game 2 drew a 7.9 rating and Game 3 at 7.3. – AP
Sports fans bet a record $119.4 million at Nevada casinos on the Super Bowl. Unaudited tallies showed sportsbooks made an unprecedented profit of $19.7 million on the action, the Gaming Control Board said. That’s more than the past three Super Bowl wins combined.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Larry Hagman, whose predatory oil baron J.R. Ewing on television's long-running nighttime soap opera "Dallas" became a symbol for 1980s greed and coaxed forth a Texas-sized gusher of TV ratings, has died. He was 81. Hagman, who returned as J.R. in a new edition of "Dallas" this year, passed away Friday afternoon due to complications from his battle with cancer, according to a statement from the family provided to The Associated Press by Warner Bros., producer of "Dallas."