Wishing for a thing does not make it so (Katie Nolan is not more popular than Skip Bayless)

May 13, 2016

These are just scattered examples, but all of them are symptoms of the same thoughtless style of commentating, and it is a style ESPN needs to move away from anyway. The popularity of a show like Katie Nolan’s “Garbage Time” on FS1 (which won a Sports Emmy this week) is a sign that humor, and diverse voices, are more popular now than loud white men arguing. Granted, “First Take” is meant to…

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PTI, Michigan-Ohio State, West Virginia-Texas lead cable sports TV ratings for Tuesday February 16, 2016

February 18, 2016

Cable Sports TV Ratings for Tuesday February 16, 2016: This is sorted from most-watched to least-watched. Using your browser’s search tool (usually CTRL/CMD+F) might be the faster way to go if you’re looking for something specific. Note to readers using mobile phones: on most phones the tables are easier to read/scroll through if you tilt your phone to landscape orientation. Program Net Episode Start End Viewers (000) 18-49 Rtg PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN…

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Rockets-Warriors, Spurs-Heat, Michigan State-Purdue lead cable sports TV ratings for Tuesday February 9, 2016

February 10, 2016

Cable Sports TV Ratings for Tuesday February 9, 2016: This is sorted from most-watched to least-watched. Using your browser’s search tool (usually CTRL/CMD+F) might be the faster way to go if you’re looking for something specific. Note to readers using mobile phones: on most phones the tables are easier to read/scroll through if you tilt your phone to landscape orientation. Program Net Episode Start End Viewers (000) 18-49 Rtg NBA BASKETBALL TNT HOUSTON/GOLDEN…

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Kentucky-Tennessee, Indiana-Michigan, PTI lead cable sports TV ratings for Tuesday February 2, 2016

February 3, 2016

Cable Sports TV Ratings for Tuesday February 2, 2016: This is sorted from most-watched to least-watched. Using your browser’s search tool (usually CTRL/CMD+F) might be the faster way to go if you’re looking for something specific. Note to readers using mobile phones: on most phones the tables are easier to read/scroll through if you tilt your phone to landscape orientation. Program Net Episode Start End Viewers (000) 18-49 Rtg COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN   …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Sonoma, Fox Sports Live lead cable sports for Sunday June 28, 2015

June 30, 2015

The NASCAR Sprint Cup coverage from Sonoma, California easily led Sunday’s cable sports programming averaging 3.723 million viewers. The Fox Sports Live that aired after the race averaged 2.168 million. Rain-gapped coverage of the Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals Sunday Night Baseball game on ESPN averaged 1.16 million viewers. In MLS action the Portland/Seattle match on FS1 averaged 371,000 viewers on FS1 and the NYC FC/NYRB match averaged 297,000 viewers…

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Giants-Dodgers, Canada-Switzerland lead cable sports for Sunday June 21, 2015

June 23, 2015

The San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers game on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball led all cable sports viewership for the day with 1.383 million viewers. In 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup action on FS1, Canada-Switzerland averaged 1.175 million viewers, France-Korea Republic averaged 1.0 million and Brazil-Australia averaged 893,000. In MLS action on FS1 Real Salt Lake vs Sporting KC averaged 283,000. The earlier DC United vs New England Revolution…

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Michigan, Fox Sports Live lead cable sports for Sunday June 14, 2015

June 16, 2015

NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing in Michigan led Sunday cable with 3.519 million viewers and a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating. Note there was a lengthy rain delay and that number strips the rain delay period out.  The Fox Sports Live that ultimately followed the racing at 6pm averaged 1.729 million viewers. Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN averaged 1.467 million viewers and a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating….

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NASCAR Pocono down but leads cable sports for Sunday June 7, 2015

June 9, 2015

The 3.614 million viewers for NASCAR Pocono coverage on Fox Sports 1 averaged was down versus last year’s 4.482 million on TNT, but was still enough to easily lead the cable sports world on Sunday (and on the cable side, trailing only, though by a wide margin, the 7.136 million viewer average for Game of Thrones. The St. Louis Cardinals-Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday Night Baseball game on ESPN averaged 1.413 million…

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