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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Episode 1: Bill Gorman, TV by the Numbers co-founder, former @TheCancelBear and current @TVGrimReaper

For my first podcast I interview my friend and fellow TVBTN co-founder Bill Gorman about the Renew/Cancel Index for broadcast network scripted shows and his experiences as the Webby Award-winning @TheCancelBear on Twitter and  now as @TVGrimReaper on Twitter. Somewhere in there we spend some time talking about ESPN. After the interview, I take some shots at Clay Travis, Jason Whitlock and Deep Root Analytics for being irresponsible with numbers….

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Introducing the “World’s Fastest-Growing Sports Media Podcast with @SportsTVRatings”

The first formal one-on-one style podcast will hopefully be posted on Tuesday or Wednesday (May 30 or 31, 2017). Here’s a brief podcast introducing the podcast so I can start figuring out how much pain will be involved getting into Apple Podcasts & Google. If you want to listen on your Amazon Echo you’re probably going to be out of luck, at least if you want to play it via…

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