ICYMI: I’m podcasting now

  In late April I announced the demise of the original sportstvratings.com experiment where I was posting daily tables of ratings for all of the measured sports networks. I lost the daily data necessary for the tables so that was pretty much that. But almost immediately after that I decided that I didn’t want to eject from the sports media world entirely. I enjoyed my SportsTVRatings experience immensely, and daily…

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Episode 4: Oriana Schwindt (@Schwindter), former TV/Media reporter now exploring Centerville, USA

From a TV-loving high-schooler who learned about the TV business on the great old “Television Without Pity” message boards to actually writing about TV at TV Guide Magazine and Variety among others…We covered Oriana’s journey to becoming one of the best TV-ratings reporters out there. There’s a Mark Cuban quote that “Nobody ever quit something they’re good at,” but Oriana was not merely good as a TV ratings reporter, she…

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Mailbag: What about Gunsmoke?

  I know you’re not posting daily ratings anymore, but any update on how the sports debate shows are doing versus Gunsmoke? Kristin Ann Arbor, Mi I never tracked that religiously and I have a bad memory. And this is a small sample size (“last week”) but to me it looks like the gap is closing. Is Gunsmoke finally starting to lose steam after 60+ years? Or has cable news…

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Episode 3: Jonathan Tannenwald, Philadelphia Inquirer/Philly.com – @TheGoalKeeper/@JTannenwald

After knowing Jonathan on social media for a couple of years it was a lot of fun to finally get to talk with him. We covered how he got into sports journalism, what he’s up to at the Philadelphia Inquirer & Philly.com. We also talked a lot about soccer and quite a bit about soccer ratings, including a ratings project Jonathan’s undertaking to provide a list of the most-watched soccer…

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How to use Facebook’s mostly-meaningless reach stats and still do some factual ratings reporting

I’m picking on Axios because the first sentence of its Mission Statement is: “We are a new media company delivering vital, trustworthy news and analysis in the most efficient, illuminating and shareable ways possible. “ At least in one instance they aren’t coming close. In its reporting of Facebook’s streaming statistics versus the TV numbers, Axios wrote: Parts of fired FBI Director James Comey’s Thursday Senate testimony were seen by 89…

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Mark Cuban: “I’d rather have 16-0” than extra playoff revenue

As the game was winding down on Friday night my friend Bill Gorman (@TVGrimReaper on Twitter) and I were texting back and forth about how the rundowns would look on Monday’s sports talk shows. “Golden State won’t lose the mythical $22 million!,” Bill texted me, referring to Darren Rovell’s story on how much money the Warriors stood to lose if they swept the Cavs. I don’t know whether the $22…

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LeBron James thinks like an owner, not a salaried employee

LeBron James’ comments on Tuesday about KD going to the Warriors mostly focused on LeBron thinking it was great for the league and “Look at the ratings!”  I’m not complaining about that focus! But as an off topic aside: the thing that really got my attention is that LeBron already thinks like an owner and not a salaried employee. Some of you will think “big deal!” and if you think…

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Episode 2: Derek Volner (@DerekVolner), Manager @ESPNPR for College Sports/Ratings Junkie

Had a great chat with Derek about his career so far, what a typical week during the college football season looks like for him, things that bug him about how TV ratings are covered and the annual “College Hockey Talk with John Buccigross & Barry Melrose” event Derek has been putting on during the Frozen Four Hockey tournament. As for ratings, the junkies should love it. We go inside the inside…

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