Top 10 most watched of the week (sports): NCAA Tournament is huge, but so is soccer

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Your 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched live sports:

1. La Liga soccer
2. CBB: Northeastern vs. Notre Dame
3. Liga MX soccer
4. CBB: Cincinnati vs. Kentucky
5. UEFA Champions League soccer
6. CBB: Ohio State vs. Arizona
7. CBB: Texas vs. Butler
8. Cricket World Cup: India vs. Bangladesh
9. Nascar: Auto Club 400
10. CBB: Hampton vs. Kentucky

As predicted last week, the NCAA Mens’ Basketball Tournament was huge on Slingbox this week. (Again, don’t forget to sign up for our Madness Cubed sweepstakes for a chance to win a Slingbox 500, a cubicle makeover and a party for your office!) The most popular March Madness game was the first (second?) round matchup between 3-seed Notre Dame and 14-seed Northeastern, which saw the Fighting Irish escape a close upset bid from the Huskies. Kentucky, the team everyone (except my failed bracket) expects to win, saw both its games show up on the list.

Still, soccer reigned supreme, as Spain’s professional league managed to trump all individual March Madness games. Mexico’s Liga MX and the UEFA Champions League also had very strong showings. Nascar also kept its spot with the Auto Club 400 in Southern California, and the Cricket World Cup quarterfinal that saw India defeat Bangladesh also made an appearance.

We’ll be back next week with another set of top 10s.

Top 10 most watched of the week (entertainment): Empire’s reign extends to Slingbox

Your 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, non-sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched home entertainment:

1. Today
2. Good Morning America
3. The Big Bang Theory
4. SpongeBob SquarePants
5. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
6. Family Guy
7. Family Feud
8. The Voice
9. Empire
10. 60 Minutes

Fox’s Empire has been a phenomenon since it debuted in January. This week we saw for the first time that people’s appetite to watch Empire online is being satisfied by Slingbox, enough for the hip hop drama to show up on our top 10. It’s only appropriate that people watching Empire on their phones, watching Empire on their tablets and watching Empire on their laptops should place the show on our list, since it’s been showing up on pretty much every other list. That includes the Billboard Hot 100, where its soundtrack recently reached No. 1, thanks in large part to “Drip Drop”:

It was mostly business as usual other than that on the list this week — more morning shows, more SVU, more SpongeBob, etc. I do always enjoy it when Family Guy and Family Feud end up back-to-back — how have these two shows not had a crossover yet? Oh wait, they have:

We’ll be back tomorrow with our sports top 10.

Top 10 most watched of the week (sports): College basketball gets big as tournament looms

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Your 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched live sports:

1. Liga MX soccer
2. Nascar: Campingworld.com 500
3. UEFA Champions League
4. La Liga soccer
5. CBB: Florida vs. Kentucky
6. Cricket World Cup: India vs. Zimbabwe
7. CBB: Michigan State vs. Wisconsin
8. NBA: Cavaliers vs. Spurs
9. NCAA Selection Show
10. PGA Tour: Valspar Championship

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament kicks off this week, which will surely make a huge impact on our sports top 10 next week. (And don’t forget to sign up for our Madness Cubed sweepstakes for a chance to win a Slingbox 500, a cubicle makeover and a party for your office!) But it was already making an impact this week as lots of Slingbox users watched Wisconsin beat Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament final, and Kentucky beat Florida in the SEC Tournament semifinal. The NCAA Selection Show on Sunday even made it on at No. 9.

Other than that the entries this week were pretty consistent from last — we once again saw a lot of international soccer, the weekly Nascar race and PGA Tour event, and the Cavaliers once again showed themselves to be the NBA’s number one draw on Slingbox.

We’ll be back next week with another set of top 10s.

 

Top 10 most watched of the week (entertainment): American Dad! continues the animation domination

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Your 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, non-sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched home entertainment:

1. Today
2. Good Morning America
3. The Big Bang Theory
4. The Voice
5. Family Guy
6. SpongeBob SquarePants
7. The Walking Dead
8. Family Feud
9. NBC Nightly News
10. American Dad!

It’s been a long, long time since we’ve seen a top 10 without some animation on it. SpongeBob SquarePants is a perennial stalwart, displaying how good Slingbox is for watching kids’ shows online. People who want to watch kids’ shows on phones, tablets or computers often put Teen Titans Go! on the list as well, and Family Guy has been on the list many times too. It has however been a long time since we saw a different animated show from those three though, but that changed this week as American Dad! creeped onto the list.

The Seth MacFarlane-created show, which has migrated from Fox to TBS and is currently in its 11th season, was popular enough with Slingbox users this week to reach No. 10. Other than that it was mostly business as usual — every other show on it has been seen frequently recently, though it is interesting to note that the Brian Williams-less NBC Nightly News continues to perform strongly.

We’ll be back tomorrow with our sports top 10.

Embrace the Madness and Enter our Sweepstakes!

Every year, March rolls around, and with it comes the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Most of the games, especially in the frenetic early rounds that embody the “March Madness” moniker, take place in the middle of the typical American workday. How are you supposed to keep track of all the craziness when you’re stuck in your office, removed from a TV and hunched over a computer (supposedly) working?

The answer, of course, is Slingbox. It lets you watch 100 percent of your home TV anywhere on any device, whether it’s on a workstation at your office or in a hotel room on the other side of the world. March Madness — the time of obsessive bracket-checking and morning-til-night must-watch programming — is a perfect example of when Slingbox is absolutely indispensable. To illustrate that point, we’re announcing our “Madness Cubed” sweepstakes to coincide with the tourney. One grand prize winner will get not only a Slingbox 500, but the “ultimate cubicle makeover” — we’ll deck out your workspace with a luxuriously comfortable chair and tons of gear and decorations for the team of your choice so you can watch March Madness in style. We’ll also deliver an epic party meal for you and your coworkers. It should look something like this video we produced:

68 runners-up will also win Slingbox M1s. Head over to this page to sign up, and let the madness begin!

Top 10 most watched of the week (sports): Cricket World Cup bowls its way onto the list

 

icc-cricket-world-cup-2015-logo-high-resolution-wallpaperYour 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched live sports:

1. Liga MX soccer
2. Nascar: Kobalt 400
3. La Liga soccer
4. PGA Tour: WGC-Cadillac Championship
5. Copa del Rey soccer
6. Cricket World Cup: India vs. West Indies
7. Cricket World Cup: India vs. Ireland
8. Cricket World Cup: Pakistan vs. South Africa
9. NBA: Thunder vs. Bulls
10. NBA: Mavericks vs. Trail Blazers

The 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand is charging toward the conclusion of its group stage, and it’s making its presence felt majorly on our top 10. The most popular matches this week were the ones that saw India beat West Indies in Perth, India beat Ireland in Hamilton, and Pakistan beat South Africa in Auckland.

Like last week, soccer topped the list, but instead of UEFA Champions League we saw Mexico’s top league take the No. 1 spot. And also like last week, Nascar remained at No. 2 — this time it was the Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas, which was won by Kevin Harvick. And for the first time in a long time, we saw multiple NBA games with none of them including the Cavaliers. Lots of Slingbox users watching the NBA online saw four other quality teams instead in Chicago, Dallas, Oklahoma City and Portland.

We’ll be back next week with another set of top 10s.

Top 10 Most Watched of the Week (entertainment): Happening Now enters the list, appropriately

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Your 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, non-sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched home entertainment:

1. Today
2. The Big Bang Theory
3. The Voice
4. Good Morning America
5. Happening Now
6. SpongeBob SquarePants
7. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
8. Family Guy
9. Teen Titans Go!
10. Criminal Minds

Happening Now is a Fox News show that airs twice every weekday, hosted by Jenna Lee and Jon Scott. I can’t say exactly why it reached our top 10 list this week when it hasn’t appeared previously, but I do know that “Happening Now” is a ridiculously appropriate way to describe the way our customers use their Slingboxes!

Other than Happening Now, the other shows that Slingbox users watched as they were happening were very familiar to anyone who follows this list — every other show on the top 10 has appeared many times recently. The only other mild surprise was that The Big Bang Theory and The Voice managed to break up the morning show duopoly at the top, knocking GMA to No. 4, while Today still reigned supreme.

We’ll be back tomorrow with our sports top 10.