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Baseball tops Atlanta TV ratings, Atlanta radio hits feature Drake, Kings of Leon

Baseball, known forever as America’s past time, may no longer get the buzz of, say, football, but at least for a week, the sport got the spotlight.

For the week of July 13, the All Star Game on Fox was the top draw nationwide and in Atlanta. Nationally, the game drew 14.6 million viewers. Locally, it was tops at 371,000 viewers.

The Braves-Mets series also was a popular draw, with both night games landing in the top 10.

The “SpongeBob Squarepants” 10th anniversary special also made the top 20. The Disney crossover special July 17 also made the cut, bringing in the casts of “Wizards of Waverly Place” and “Hannah Montana” and “The Suite Life.” (It was the top cable show of the week nationally, drawing 9.3 million viewers.)

The penultimate episode of “Next Food Network Star” July 19 in which Atlantan Jamike Pessoa got cut brought in a solid 3.7 million fans.

Top 20 primetime shows in Atlanta, week of July 13, 2009

1. MLB All Star game, Fox, 7/14, 371,000
2. MLB All Star pregame, Fox 7/14 368,000
3. “America’s Got Talent,” NBC, 7/14 294,000
4. “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 7/13 293,000
5. “Primetime: Family Secrets,” ABC, 7/14, 275,000
6. “America’s Got Talent, NBC, 7/15 268,000
7. “Wipeout,” ABC, 7/15, 255,000
8. Braves-Mets, ESPN, 7/19, 213,000
9. Braves-Mets, Peachtree TV, 7/17, 202,000
10. “The Closer,” TNT, 7/13, 198,000
11. “Wizards on Deck,” Disney, 7/17 194,000
12. “Bones” (repeat), Fox, 7/16, 189,000
13. “America’s Got Talent,” (repeat) 7/14, 182,000
14. All Star MLB Home Run Derby, ESPN, 7/14 174,000
15. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (repeat), ABC, 7/19, 173,000
16. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (repeat), ABC, 7/19 167,000
17. “Here Comes the Newlyweds,” ABC, 7/13 167,000
18. “Spongebob Squarepants,” Nickelodeon, 7/18, 165,000
19. “So You Think You Can Dance” (results), Fox, 7/16, 164,000
20. “Primetime: Crime,” ABC, 7/15 164,000
SOURCE: Nielsen Media

Top 5 songs among urban and rock stations this past week in Atlanta, courtesy of yes.com. Toronto singer Drake continues to dominate the urban charts while Kings of Leon now has a major crossover hit with “Use Somebody.”

Project 9-6-1
1. The Offspring, You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid
2. Theory of a Deadman – Hate My Life
3. Shinedown – Sound of Madness
4. Nickelback – Something in Your Mouth
5. Linkin Park – New Divide

Rock 100.5
1. Kings of Leon – Use Somebody
2. Cage the Elephant – Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked
3. Green Day – Know Your Enemy
4. Wilco – You Never Know
5. Green Day – 21 Guns

Dave FM
1. Kings of Leon – Use Somebody
2. Dave Matthews Band – Funny The Way It Is
3. Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam – Tear Down the Walls.
4. Green Day -21 Guns
5. Coldplay – Life in Technicolor

97.1/The River
1. Van Halen – Dance the Night Away
2. The Steve Miller Band – Jet Airliner
3. The Steve Miller Band – Threshold
4. Styx – Renegade
5. Heart – Barracuda

V-103
1. Beyonce – Ego
2. Drake – Successful
3. Twista – Wetter
4. Mario – Break Up
5. Drake – Every Girl in the World

Hot 107.9
1. Drake – Best I Ever Had
2. Mario – Break Up
3. Drake – Successful
4. Jeremih – Birthday Sex
5. Twista – Wetter
(6 is another Drake song–Every Girl in the World)

95.5/The Beat
1. Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom pow
2. Nicola Fasano vs. Pat Rich – 75 Brazil Street
3. Lady Gaga – Poker Face
4. Drake – Best I Ever Had
5. Kid Cudi – Day ‘N’ Nite

Majic 107.5
1. Charlie Wilson – There Goes My Baby
2. K’Jon – On the Ocean
3. Musiq Soulchild – SoBeautiful
4. Anthony Hamilton – The Point of It All
5. Maxwell – Pretty Wings

8 comments Add your comment

Absurd Hero

July 24th, 2009
5:58 pm

Huh. Rock 100.5’s Top 5 looks an awful lot like I would expect 99X’s to look like.

Personally I’m not a fan of Kings of Leon. Sounds like Michael Bolton with an indie-rock-wannabe backup band.

Neil

July 24th, 2009
10:06 pm

This week I did some real reporting and here are the top 5 topics on Talk Radio:

1) Obama was born in Kenya and not the territory of Hawaii.
2) ObamaCare will cripple the country and not provide real healthcare.
3) Obama is a socialist who is ruining the country by baling out banks.
4) We had to torture to get valuable information to stop terrorism.
5) Why was Louis Gates breaking into his own house?

BTW, thanks for putting up the NEW 97.1 The River’s top songs. 1978 LIVES!

Christopher Cook

July 25th, 2009
2:10 pm

Which is why I don’t listen to talk radio. Instead of doing a little research, those motormouths blather on about what they think we should know based on their opinion and their own hatred and distrust of anybody on the other side of the fence. (For the record, Obama was born in 1961 in Hawaii. Two years AFTER it became a state. Honolulu newspapers from the time have him listed under their birth announcements. Oh, that’s right, neo-cons. That announcement is retroactive liberal bias.)

Beyonce’s “Ego.” There’s truth in advertising for you.

Rufus

July 25th, 2009
4:16 pm

Writers, compare Baseball to Football and who the most popular including who has the best attendants.
The comparison is not only stupid, but incomparable.
One is played in the summer, the other in the winter time.
One is played 6 days in a row, the other once a week.
One is played for about 4 to 5 hours a days, six days equal = from 24 to 30+ hours a week, the other once a week. for maybe between half time and time out, about 3 hours a week.
Baseball, competes with all type of outings and other spots during the summer. Football, has nothing to compete with.
Basketball is a silly tiresome game to watch where you see a bunch of clowns running up and down a court, acting like a bunch of morons.
Football and Basketball, doesn’t take to much brain to play it, an ape will do a better job, than some of the clowns playing it.
In Baseball you have to be thinking.
There are a lot more on the plus side of Baseball.
Yes, Baseball is the Great American pass time. Football and Basketball are the Great American down time.

Johnson

July 26th, 2009
4:51 pm

Baseball is the Great American pass time? Are you still living in the 80’s?

Anti-Neil

July 27th, 2009
12:01 pm

1.) Yes Obama was born in Hawaii, look it up
2.) ObamaCare will not cripple the country and will provide real healthcare
3.) Obama is not a socialist who is ruining the country by baling out banks. More like save us that old fart that messed everything up to began with.
4.) Waterboarding is torture, just ask shoot ‘em up Chaney
5.) It’s not breaking into your own house if you own the freaknig house.
6.) Go back to rants & raves on craig’s list. That’s where the racist
like you hang out.
7.) When I last checked you guys (reFublicans)lost. Now go find a real candidate that doesn’t speak hate and you might find yourself relevate
again

BTW: Anything played on 107.5 is good listening

Scott

July 29th, 2009
3:14 am

Johnson,

Baseball has never been more popular. Look at attendance even in a crappy economy. Plus take in account minor league baseball’s attendance which is huge. If you are a rich person buy a minor league baseball team they make a ton of money. Baseball is very popular among whites and Hispanics which are the two largest groups of people in the United States. Football has obviously replaced it as the most popular sport overall but to say baseball is still not a sport with a huge following is just flat out wrong.

Football is more popular among casual sports fans that’s why the Super bowl has huge ratings. It’s a big event. Most people that are baseball fans support one team and when that one team is out they stop watching. I’m a huge Braves fan but if they are not in the playoffs I could care less and usually I’m in a bad mood towards baseball because the Braves did not make the playoffs or where eliminated. And judging by comments from other team’s fans that’s how they are as well. So most move onto rooting for their college’s football team or the NFL. Then whenever the NFL season is over with people turn their attention to basketball in March and then it’s baseball season again. The way the baseball and football seasons match up and March madness in between it works out perfect for the American sports fan.

susan

July 30th, 2009
2:11 am

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