Top 10 most watched of the week (sports): Champions League and Nascar remain in the winner’s circle

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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. UEFA Champions League
2. Nascar: Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500
3. Liga MX soccer
4. La Liga soccer
5. NBA: Warriors vs. Cavaliers
6. NBA: Cavaliers vs. Rockets
7. PGA Tour: Honda Classic
8. Cricket World Cup: New Zealand vs. Australia
9. NBA: Thunder vs. Suns
10. CONCACAF Champions League

Nascar’s trip to the our winner’s circle last week wasn’t unexpected — the season-opening Daytona 500 is always the biggest race of the year — but this week’s list shows that the stock car circuit isn’t going away. The Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 (the sponsor name is a combination of a charity that provides scholarships for the families of killed or disabled soldiers, and a convenience store chain) in Atlanta was the second-most watched sporting event on Slingbox this week. The only thing that eclipsed it was the UEFA Champions League, which featured some big matchups this week including Barcelona beating Man City and Monaco beating Arsenal.

Soccer was big overall, as it has been for a while now. The pro leagues in Mexico and Spain remained in the top half of our list, while the CONCACAF Champions League — in which D.C. United and Montreal Impact are both vying to be the first MLS team to win since 2000 — made it on as well. And plenty of NBA games are creeping on as of late. Again the Cavaliers proved to be the biggest draw on Slingbox, while a Cleveland-free matchup — the thrilling overtime game that saw Phoenix outlast Oklahoma City — also appeared.

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

Top 10 most watched of the week (entertainment): Morning shows, animation & Family Feud stay strong

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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. SpongeBob SquarePants
6. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
7. Family Guy
8. Teen Titans Go!
9. The Walking Dead
10. Family Feud

All in all, this is one of the least surprising top 10s we’ve seen in a while — every show represented here has been on the list quite recently. The triumvirate of animation that we saw last week – SpongeBob SquarePants, Family Guy and Teen Titans Go! – remained intact. As did the morning shows atop the list and The Big Bang Theory coming right behind.

Really the only show we haven’t seen very recently on this top 10 is Family Feud. Jeopardy! might be the most erudite game show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire the most potentially lucrative one, The Price is Right the one that has featured Slingbox the most – but the Feud just keeps chugging along, and Slingbox users keep watching it.

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

 

Top 10 most watched of the week (sports): Daytona 500 and NFL Combine charge onto the list

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. Nascar: Daytona 500
2. UEFA Champions League soccer
3. Liga MX soccer
4. La Liga soccer
5. NFL Scouting Combine
6. Cricket World Cup: Pakistan vs. West Indies
7. Cricket World Cup: India vs. South Africa
8. PGA Tour: Northern Trust Open
9. CBB: North Carolina vs. Duke
10. NBA: Mavericks vs. Thunder

The stock car racing season started off in fine fashion this week, as enough Slingbox users were watching Nascar on their phones, Nascar on their tablets or Nascar on their laptops to vault the Daytona 500, which was won by Joey Logano, to the top of our list. Nascar is unique in that it places its premier event — the “Great American Race,” as they call it — at their season’s beginning. It’ll be interesting to see if this is auto racing’s peak on our top 10 or if it will remain strong.

And while the NFL season is rapidly receding in the rear-view mirror, pro football still managed to make its mark on our list with its annual scouting combine. You need no further evidence of the NFL’s dominance than the fact that so many people tune in to see nothing more than draft prospects run, jump and maybe, if you’re lucky, throw. The story of the ’15 combine was Connecticut’s Byron Jones, who set a new world record in the broad jump:

Other than that, we also saw more appearances from the Cricket World Cup, more soccer and a smattering of basketball at the bottom. We’ll be back next week with another set of top 10s.

Top 10 most watched of the week (entertainment): Oscars rule all

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

We always tell people that one of the best times for a Slingbox is awards season — they’re the kind of program that you absolutely must watch live if you’re going to watch at all. This week the Academy Awards showed that Slingbox users are taking that to heart, as not only was the show itself at the top of our top 10, but the opening red carpet show made the list as well.

Other than that, there were basically no surprises — every other program listed is one we’ve seen multiple times in recent weeks. There was a solid chunk of animation from the 7-9 spots with SpongeBob, Teen Titans Go! and Family Guy, and the standard crop of morning shows, long-running police procedurals and The Big Bang Theory otherwise.

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

Top 10 most watched of the week (sports): NBA All-Star and Cricket World Cup hit the list

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. NBA All-Star Saturday
2. SportsCenter
3. Liga MX soccer
4. 2015 NBA All-Star Game
5. La Liga soccer
6. Copa del Rey soccer
7. NASCAR: Sprint Unlimited
8. PGA Tour: Pebble Beach Pro-Am
9. NBA: Cavaliers vs. Bulls
10. Cricket World Cup: India vs. Pakistan

We’re now squarely in what some consider the quietest period of the American sports calendar — when football is over and baseball is yet to get started. There’s an opportunity for some more rarely-seen sports to show up on our list now, as well as for basketball to shine. That was what happened this week, as the NBA’s All-Star events were big among Slingbox users — but intriguingly, the Saturday events were watched by more on Slingbox than was the game itself. It’s good that Slingbox made sure people didn’t miss Zach LaVine’s incredible performance in the dunk contest:

We also saw appearances from auto racing, golf, and cricket. Enough Slingbox users were watching cricket online to elevate it into our top 10. It didn’t hurt that the match in question was a World Cup game in Australia between India and Pakistan, one of the fiercest sports rivalries in the world. Ultimately India prevailed, besting Pakistan by 76 runs.

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

Top 10 most watched of the week (entertainment): Live, from New York, it’s 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. SNL 40
3. Good Morning America
4. The Big Bang Theory
5. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
6. Family Guy
7. Criminal Minds
8. SpongeBob SquarePants
9. Family Feud
10. NBC Nightly News

Saturday Night Live doesn’t often light it up on our top 10. But SNL 40, which celebrated the sketch show’s 40th anniversary, crushed it on Slingbox just as it did in the Nielsen ratings — it was NBC’s most-watched non-Super Bowl program in more than 10 years. The special assembled a wide array of SNL luminaries, who brought back classics like the Will Ferrell-as-Alex Trebek-hosted Celebrity Jeopardy:

Most of the other shows on the list this week were familiar — SpongeBob is always a good reminder that Slingbox is great for watching kids’ shows on phone, tablet or laptop. The only one we don’t see often was NBC Nightly News, which, considering the Brian Williams scandal, might lend support to the idea that all publicity is good publicity.

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

Slingbox Infographic: How We Watched the NFL Postseason

When it came to watching the NFL playoffs, did Slingbox customers use their tablets or phones more? How much viewing was live vs. DVR? And what percentage of Slingbox users watched postseason games anyway? Those questions and more are answered in this infographic! (Click to view at full size.)

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