Much-maligned and low-rated Fox Sports 1 debate show Speak For Yourself is getting a new timeslot. The Colin Cowherd and Jason Whitlock debate-fest (with Jason McIntyre as the third man in) is moving from its current 6 p.m. Eastern timeslot to 5 p.m. Eastern as of September 5, as Whitlock announced on the show Tuesday:
“America, we know you don’t like to wait, and soon you’ll be able to watch me run circles around Cowherd even earlier! Starting September 5, Speak For Yourself moves to five p.m. Eastern every single day. Except for Saturdays.”
That’s an interesting move, as 5 p.m. Eastern is currently filled by NASCAR Race Hub, which is one of FS1’s most successful studio shows. Presumably that will move back into the 6 p.m. Eastern slot Speak For Yourself held, but it seems a little risky to tinker with one thing that is working well for Fox. This is also notable for the competition it’s going up against; instead of taking on ESPN’s 6 p.m. SportsCenter, they’ll facing Around The Horn (5 p.m. Eastern) and Pardon The Interruption (5:30 p.m. Eastern), so it will be in more of a debate versus debate slot. Will people want to tune in to watch Cowherd, Whitlock and McIntyre instead of Around The Horn‘s varied sportswriters and PTI‘s Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon? We’ll find out.
[Ben Koo on Clippit]