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4.795 Million Tune In For NASCAR Chicago Street Race on NBC

“The average of 4.8 million was the highest for an NBC race since 2017 Brickyard 400.”

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NASCAR held its first ever street races in Chicago over the weekend. Despite rain putting a damper on much of the festivities, the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series event in Grant Park delivered its most-watched race in six years.

An average of 4.795 million tuned in on NBC and across Peacock. Viewership peaked at 5.383 million from 9:15p-9:30p ET, when Shane van Gisbergen became the first driver to win his Cup Series debut in 60 years.

As mentioned, it was NBC’s most-watched Cup race since the 2017 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. The event was also the second most-watched this year behind the season-opening Daytona 500.

Viewership for NBC was also up 144% compared to the second race in its broadcast window last year, when only 1.962 million tuned in for the Cup race at Road America. That race also aired on USA Network.

Streaming wise, the Chicago event was the network’s most-streamed NASCAR race ever, with 163,500 tuning in across Peacock and NBC Sports digital platforms.

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UFC 300 Projected to Surpass 1 Million Pay-Per-View Buys

“For 300, we’re building the greatest card ever assembled.”

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As Dana White and the rest of the UFC community get set for Saturday night’s UFC 300, they are already announcing some major milestones. White said the event is now projected to eclipse the 1 million pay-per-view number, which according to Sports Business Journal’s Adam Stern would be the first time that has happened since before the pandemic.

White also said the expected gate for the event is $16.5 million, which would make it the third highest in UFC history and the highest for any card that does not include Connor McGregor.

UFC 300 will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. ESPN+ or Disney bundle subscribers are eligible to purchase the event which is $69.99 up until the event starts and then moves to $79.99

“For 300, we’re building the greatest card ever assembled,” UFC CEO Dana White told Jim Rome. “Every one of th fights on this card could be a main event on a Fight Night or a pay-per-view.”

The featured match on the card has UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Alex Pereira fighting former champion Jamahal Hill.

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MLB Network Records 626,000 Viewers for Jackson Holliday Debut

The matchup was the second most-watched regular season game in MLB Network history.

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MLB Network served as the national television home for the debut of Baltimore Orioles infielder Jackson Holliday, the top-ranked prospect in the minor leagues, as he took the field to face the Boston Red Sox. Although Holliday did not end up recording a hit in the game, there was considerable interest surrounding the game that translated into viewership. The matchup was the second most-watched regular season game in MLB Network history with an average of 626,000 viewers. The 20-year-old infielder recorded his first career RBI on a groundout en route to a 7-5 Orioles victory. John Ourand of Puck News was first to report the viewership figure, which was representative of an out-of-market measurement.

The presentation of the Orioles vs. Red Sox game came a day before the MLB Network Showcase broadcast from Fenway Park featuring the regular-season debut of play-by-play announcer Matt Vasgersian. Holliday did not collect a hit in this contest, but the game extended into extra innings where the Orioles scored six runs in the top of the 10th inning to secure a 9-4 victory. 

MLB Network will present a rematch of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) on Friday night when the Texas Rangers visit the Houston Astros from Minute Maid Park at 8 p.m. EST. Preceding that game broadcast will be the season premiere of Off Base at 4 p.m. EST, followed by Intentional Talk from 5 to 6 p.m. and MLB Tonight until the start of the game broadcast at 8 p.m. MLB Network will also premiere MLB Tonight: Clubhouse Edition, a non-traditional game telecast series entering its fourth season, on Jackie Robinson Day, Monday, April 15, when the Atlanta Braves face the Houston Astros at 8 p.m. EST.

For the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), the regional sports network that serves as the television home of both the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals, Holliday’s debut drew an average of 114,000 viewers in the Baltimore designated market area. The metric is 27% higher than the average audience for MASN season-to-date. The team is returning home to Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Friday night to begin a six-game homestand with matchups against the Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins.

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Connor Onion to Make MLB Broadcasting Debut Saturday

“Just wanted to take some time to say thank you to some of you on here that have watched, listened and supported. Can’t wait to have some fun on Saturday. Hope you can come hang with me, AJ and Ken.”

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Congratulations go out to Big Ten Network and ESPN broadcaster Connor Onion who will be making his MLB broadcasting debut on Saturday when he calls the Rangers-Astros game which will be carried by FS1 at 4 p.m. Onion posted a video announcing the assignment on his X account as he was walking through the airport to head to Houston.

“Good morning, I am off to Houston today,” he said. “Got an exciting opportunity to make my Major League Baseball broadcasting debut calling Rangers-Astros Saturday afternoon for FOX with AJ Pierzynski and Ken Rosenthal. This is obviously something I have been thinking about for a long, long time but wouldn’t have happened without so many people from my first job in Quad Cities to school at Ball State and Southern Illinois after that. So much help and so much support along the way. Just wanted to take some time to say thank you to some of you on here that have watched, listened and supported. Can’t wait to have some fun on Saturday. Hope you can come hang with me, AJ and Ken.”

Onion debuted for the Big 10 Network in 2021 and has called college football, basketball, baseball and volleyball for the network. He has also done college football, basketball and baseball for ESPN.

Many may recall the women’s volleyball match between Nebraska and Omaha which took place in front of over 92,000 at Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium last August. Onion was on the call for that match and was profiled by The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch.

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