Nixing NBCSN is more than just a bid to bolster Peacock

January 22, 2021

This post will automatically feed through to Twitter but I’m extending my Twitter sabbatical indefinitely and won’t be looking at Twitter mentions.  Big news day! There’s a lot to digest with the NBCSN news and many stories out there, but for my purposes, Kevin Draper’s piece in the New York Times covers the bases. That piece was headlined (at least in my web browser) “NBC Sports Network Will Shut Down…


Alternate broadcasts/megacasts are nice PR, but…(Updated)

January 11, 2021

Update Jan 12, 2021: Per CBS Sports PR Bears/Saints averaged 2.061 million viewers on Nickelodeon, the network’s most-watched program in total viewers in four years. The game averaged 28.6 million on CBS. Maybe there was a best-case scenario after all? It’s interesting but I can’t really make anything out of it yet other than that I consider that a very good result ratings-wise. I figure CBS/Nick would’ve done it again…


The TV ratings for “The Last Dance” do not matter to your life

April 19, 2020

Image Credit: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images Update 4/20/2020: Welp, Part 1 averaged 6.3 million across ESPN & ESPN2. At least I was right about Chicago. original post: The headline here is a riff on The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis shaking his head whenever Joe the plumber from Secaucus and his ilk are ratings-obsessed and weigh-in on how thrilled TV execs must be about things like Tiger Woods competing for a win…


Dear ESPN: Give Mike Wilbon the pay cut he’s asking for!

July 9, 2019

I got a couple of questions asking why ESPN’s Michael Wilbon hates the Nielsen TV ratings in the USA and loves the TV ratings in China.That’s easy: he either is a man with a huge inferiority complex about the NBA not being nearly as popular as the NFL or he plays a man with a huge inferiority complex about the NBA not being nearly as popular as the NFL on…


Tim Brando & I disagree about the CFP Championship game’s TV ratings

January 9, 2019

If I believed that the college football championship viewership should decisively be the second most-watched television program of the year every year I’d be right there with Tim.  But I have trouble coming up with a reasonable basis for believing the CFP championship game should be the second most-watched program on TV. I also have no basis for knowing whether ESPN was promised better numbers than it’s getting and even…


NFL Ratings Update through 2018 week 5

October 10, 2018

Through 5 weeks, across all networks and TV windows NFL viewership is averaging 15.6 million viewers per minute which is up 3 percent versus the same point in 2017. Here are the Y/Y changes for various demographics:   Demographic NBC FOX CBS ESPN NFLN All Nets Households 2% 2% 6% -3% 2% 3% Total viewers 1% 1% 6% -2% 2% 3% Adults 18-49 -5% -3% 1% -4% -1% -1% Men…


Studio show ratings and I don’t care (even Get Up!’s & High Noon’s)

July 27, 2018

Some of you wish I cared more about studio show ratings. I don’t. “I know you love High Noon, you must care about those ratings!” Nope. I’m worried Spotify will throw stupid money at Bomani and that the cult of E-Sports will assimilate Pablo. I’m worried they’ll become lost to me that way, but I don’t care about High Noon’s ratings. Or Get Up’s or First Take’s or Undisputed’s, First…


The cable bundle is bending. When does it break?

May 1, 2018

  Not this month. People are interested in Nielsen’s cable coverage estimates for a variety of reasons. One is sometimes people just like long lists of familiar names with numbers attached to them. Maybe I’m just projecting. There are plenty of fans who are very interested in the difference in coverage between say USA & FS1 should WWE be on the move and the lists are useful for that. Recently…