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CoveritLive Blogs and LiveScores are a hole-in-one for Masters coverage

By Spencer Kitley

The 2014 golf season is in full swing and beginning this weekend the first of the four majors kicks off at Augusta National. The Masters tourney is the first big opportunity of the season to engage with golf fans and viewers through CoveritLive real-time engagement experiences. CoveritLive live blogs, chats and socials streams coupled with LiveScores automated scoreboards allow broadcasters, publishers and golf bloggers around the world to interact with golf fans with ease as each tournament unfolds.

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Case Study: Sports Illustrated’s Golf.com

As you cover the 2013 British Open Championship, check out the success that Sports Illustrated's Golf.com has enjoyed with its live blog/second screen coverage of PGA tournaments around the globe. CoveritLive provides Golf with the means to deliver real-time updates and scores to golf fans, live from all of the sport's tourneys and major championships.

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CoveritLive Weekly: Top five Social TV events (March 25-31)

The last week of March wrapped up with a host of marquee international events, including three Australian events that landed in the weekly CoveritLive Social TV top five. The Australian Football League claimed two spots, while Australian soccer, the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tourney and a live chat accompanying a Greek newscast filled out the remaining spots.

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CoveritLive Weekly: Top five social TV events (Sept. 24-30)

By Spencer Kitley

With the NFL completing its fourth week of action and the Ryder Cup taking center stage there was room for little else on this week’s edition of the CoveritLive Social TV rankings. The NFL’s Thursday Night Football once again captured the top spot, marking its third-straight week atop the rankings, while the most controversial NFL game of the year also landed on the list that included three Ryder Cup live events.

NFL.com’s live coverage of Thursday Night Football has proved quite popular in its first three weeks, attracting almost 350,000 viewers during that span. The latest chart topper drew an audience of almost 83,000 for the Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens divisional showdown.

The second event on the weekly chart was ESPN’s Social TV event for the highly-controversial Monday Night Football matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. Controversy is always sure to spark conversations and this game was no exception as more than 75,000 viewers clicked into the event for expert commentary and to share their own opinions.

The Worldwide Leader in Sports claimed the third and fourth positions as well for its live chats of the second and third rounds of the Ryder Cup. An audience of almost 73,000 joined ESPN’s live chat on the tourney’s third day, while more than 53,000 got social on day two.

The fifth and final spot in the weekly CiL rankings was nabbed by Sports Illustrated’s Golf.com, which entertained almost 53,000 viewers with its Social TV coverage of the opening round of Ryder Cup action.

*The CoveritLive blog releases its weekly social TV rankings every Monday. The data for the ranking system is exclusive to events that are tied to a television broadcast and the viewer metric is defined as a reader that actively clicks into a CiL event.

 

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Event

CoveritLive User

Viewers

1

NFL Thursday Night Football: Browns vs. Ravens

NFL

82,934

2

ESPN Monday Night Football: Packers vs. Seahawks

ESPN

75,905

3

ESPN Ryder Cup – Day 3

ESPN

72,956

4

ESPN Ryder Cup – Day 2

ESPN

53,111

5

Live Coverage of the Ryder Cup: Round 1

SI.com/Golf.com

52,960

 

CoveritLive Weekly: Top five social TV events (Sept. 24-30)

By Spencer Kitley

With the NFL completing its fourth week of action and the Ryder Cup taking center stage there was room for little else on this week’s edition of the CoveritLive Social TV rankings. The NFL’s Thursday Night Football once again captured the top spot, marking its third-straight week atop the rankings, while the most controversial NFL game of the year also landed on the list that included three Ryder Cup live events.

NFL.com’s live coverage of Thursday Night Football has proved quite popular in its first three weeks, attracting almost 350,000 viewers during that span. The latest chart topper drew an audience of almost 83,000 for the Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens divisional showdown.

The second event on the weekly chart was ESPN’s Social TV event for the highly-controversial Monday Night Football matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. Controversy is always sure to spark conversations and this game was no exception as more than 75,000 viewers clicked into the event for expert commentary and to share their own opinions.

The Worldwide Leader in Sports claimed the third and fourth positions as well for its live chats of the second and third rounds of the Ryder Cup. An audience of almost 73,000 joined ESPN’s live chat on the tourney’s third day, while more than 53,000 got social on day two.

The fifth and final spot in the weekly CiL rankings was nabbed by Sports Illustrated’s Golf.com, which entertained almost 53,000 viewers with its Social TV coverage of the opening round of Ryder Cup action.

*The CoveritLive blog releases its weekly social TV rankings every Monday. The data for the ranking system is exclusive to events that are tied to a television broadcast and the viewer metric is defined as a reader that actively clicks into a CiL event.

 

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Event

CoveritLive User

Viewers

1

NFL Thursday Night Football: Browns vs. Ravens

NFL

82,934

2

ESPN Monday Night Football: Packers vs. Seahawks

ESPN

75,905

3

ESPN Ryder Cup – Day 3

ESPN

72,956

4

ESPN Ryder Cup – Day 2

ESPN

53,111

5

Live Coverage of the Ryder Cup: Round 1

SI.com/Golf.com

52,960

 

CoveritLive Weekly: Top five social TV events (July 16-22)

By Spencer Kitley

Social TV coverage of the 152nd playing of the British Open Championship buoyed the weekly CoveritLive Social TV rankings last week, with coverage of Ernie Els’ victory at Royal Lytham and St Annes claiming four of the top five spots. Golf.com, ESPN and the Golf Channel each landed places in the top five with their golf coverage, while ESPN claimed the only non-golf spot with its UFC 149 live event.

Sports Illustrated’s Golf.com claimed the top two positions in the weekly ratings with its live coverage of the first and second rounds of the Open Championship that entertained more than 43,000 viewers last Thursday and almost 35,000 viewers on Friday.

ESPN’s Social TV coverage of the second round of the Open landed the third spot in the weekly rankings after more than 27,000 viewers watched Brandt Snedeker charge to the front of the pack after 36 holes of action. The Worldwide Leader in Sports also claimed the fourth spot with its live coverage of the UFC 149 pay-per-view that was headlined by the Bantamweight title bout between Renan Barao and Urijah Faber.

The final entry in the weekly top five was the Golf Channel’s second round Open coverage. Jason Sobel and John Hawkins entertained just shy of 20,000 viewers in the network’s live chat during Friday’s action.

*The CoveritLive blog will release its weekly social TV rankings every Monday. The data for the ranking system is exclusive to events that are tied to a television broadcast and the viewer metric is defined as a reader that actively clicks into a CiL event.

 

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Events

CoveritLive User

Viewers

1

British Open Round 1 Live Blog

SI.com/Golf.com

43,429

2

British Open Round 2 Live Blog

SI.com/Golf.com

34,779

3

Open Championship Round 2

ESPN

27,227

4

UFC 149

ESPN

21,021

5

British Open Round 2 Live Chat

Golf Channel

18,239

 

CoveritLive Weekly: Top five social TV events (June 11-17)

 

The last week in Social TV was blanketed by major sporting events that included the NBA Finals, The U.S. Open Golf Tournament and the NCAA Men’s College World Series, but no event was more prolific in the weekly CoveritLive Social TV rankings than Euro 2012. For the second straight week the Euros have ruled the rankings, with Bild posting a dominating performance by hosting the top six CiL Social TV events of the week.

The German publisher attracted almost 3.5 million viewers to its six daily chats last week and averaged 580,000 viewers per-event.

Bild’s top performing chat was its Group B coverage that followed Portugal’s win over Denmark and Germany’s triumph over Netherlands on June 13 that attracted almost one million viewers. It’s coverage of the first round of Group D action topped the 750,000 viewer mark and its second round coverage of Group D and C action each broke the half million tally.

Domestically, ESPN posted the top Social TV event with its live coverage of the opening round of the U.S. Open that drew almost 70,000 viewers. SI.com/Golf.com’s live coverage of the first round also performed well with more than 63,000 viewers. The WWE’s live chat during its No Way Out pay-per-view event on Sunday, June 18 entertained more than 64,000 viewers to rank second among domestic Social TV events.

*The CoveritLive blog will release its weekly social TV rankings every Monday. The data for the ranking system is exclusive to events that are tied to a television broadcast and the viewer metric is defined as a reader that actively clicks into a CiL event.

 

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Event

CoveritLive User

Viewers

1

Euro 2012 Match Day 2 Group B (June 13)

Bild

952,638

2

Euro 2012 Match Day 1 Group D (June 11)

Bild

754,016

3

Euro 2012 Match Day 2 Group D (June 15)

Bild

554,485

4

Euro 2012 Match Day 2 Group C (June 14)

Bild

509,460

5

Euro 2012 Match Day 3 Group A (June 16)

Bild

401,532

6

Euro 2012 Match Day 2 Group A (June 12)

Bild

306,025

*

ESPN US Open Round 1

ESPN

69,798

*

WWE No Way Out LIVE

WWE

64,048

*

US Open Round 1 Live Blog

SI.com/Golf.com

63,381

 

CoveritLive Weekly: Top five social TV events (May7-13)

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A championship 44 years in the making captured the attention of many Social TV viewers last week, what many call the PGA’s fifth major also resonated well with CoveritLive users, but no event was bigger than Eurosport’s World Championship Snooker coverage as it captured the top spot in the weekly CoveritLive Social TV rankings. 

Droves of Snooker fans kept their eyes fixed to their computers, tablets and mobile devices last week as they watched and chatted live during Eurosport’s world championship coverage. Eurosport drew in excess of 400,000 viewers to its live chat that saw Ronnie O’Sullivan claim his fourth world title with an 18-11 win over Ali Carter at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.
 
After drawing almost 140,000 viewers to its Chelsea/Barcelona and Manchester City/Manchester United European football chats in the last two weeks, Norwegian newspaper VG once again landed in the CiL rankings this week. More than 140,000 viewers clicked into VG’s live Premier League chat over the weekend as Manchester City claimed its first Premier League title since 1968.
 
 
ESPN’s SoccerNet also shined in its coverage of European football with its Match Day Live chat coverage of the final day of Premier League action. Almost 50,000 viewers were entertained by Chris Murphy and James Dall’s live commentary throughout the day’s action.
 
The final two spots in the weekly Social TV rankings were claimed by Sports Illustrated’s Golf.com, which attracted almost 45,000 viewers as Charlie Hanger, Jeff Ritter, Mike Walker and Mick Rouse live blogged the first two rounds of the 2012 PGA Players Championship. 
 
*The CoveritLive blog will release its weekly social TV rankings every Monday. The data for the ranking system is exclusive to events that are tied to a television broadcast and the viewer metric is defined as a reader that actively clicks into a CiL event.
 

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Event

CoveritLive User

Viewers

1

World Championship Snooker

Eurosport UK

406,208

2

Chat with AP-Niko-Live football through Sunday (Premier League)

VG Multimedia

144,646

3

ESPN SoccerNet Premier League Match Day Live: Day of Destiny

ESPN

48,843

4

Players Championship: Round 1 Live Blog

SI.com

24,710

5

Players Championship: Round 2 Live Blog

SI.com

20,053

 
 

CoveritLive Masters’ blogs on par during opening round

On a day shared with Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, the 76th playing of The Masters golf tournament shined the brightest among those seeking firsthand social coverage on Thursday, April 5. As much of the world was tethered to their work desks or away from their homes, CoveritLive’s live blogs for the first of the four professional golf majors proved to be an excellent primary viewing experience for golf fans.

The golf world anxiously awaited the first tee shot and every shot thereafter, wanting to see if Tiger Woods could regain his form at a major tournament, if Phil Mickelson could win his fourth green jacket or if a relatively unknown competitor like 2011 champion Charl Schwartzel would ascend to the top of the leaderboard.

Three trusted names in the world of sports proved to be excellent outlets for CoveritLive blogs during the tourney’s first round, with Sports Illustrated’s Golf.com, ESPN and the Golf Channel delivering firsthand perspectives of the action.

Golf.com’s experts Connell Barrett, Mick Rouse, Mike Walker and Rick Lipsey blogged throughout the day and attracted the largest number of viewers of any CiL event on Thursday. ESPN also drew an audience of more than 50,000 viewers to its dashboard chat with Michael Collins and Farrell Evans that allowed viewers to chat and watch the leaderboard in the same window. Jason Sobel and Jay Coffin of the Golf Channel also provided their accounts of the first round to bring the total number of viewers among the three events to more than 140,000.

The three marquee Masters’ live blogs averaged more than 47,000 users per-event and the preliminary data indicates that the average viewer duration exceeded 45 minutes in the those events.

Whether you are live blogging as a primary perspective for viewers, hosting chat events or providing a second screen Social TV experience, CoveritLive can be your answer to real-time fan engagement during your next event.