PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 08:  A general view of court Philippe Chatrier during the men's singles semi final match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Roger Federer of Switzerland during day 13 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 8, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Viewing Picks for May 30, 2015

All Times Eastern Editor’s Note: This is partial for now. The complete list will be up Saturday morning. Australian Rules Football Richmond Tigers vs. Essendon Bombers — Fox Soccer Plus, 5 a.m. Golf European PGA Tour Irish Open, Royal County Down Golf Club (Championship Links) Newcastle, Northern Ireland 3rd Round — Golf Channel, 8:30 a.m. […]

AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 05:  Steve McCann of Australia competes in the BMX Vert Finals at the X Games Austin on June 5, 2014 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

X Games at a crossroads for ESPN

From June 4-7, the X Games return to Austin, Texas. ESPN is the broadcast home of the event and will be airing 26.5 hours of live coverage over the four days on ESPN, ABC, and ESPN3. Though attendance for last year’s games was the best in a decade, television ratings saw a major dip as […]


ESPN Miles Ahead of Competition in FIFA Election Coverage in America

Hours after Bob Ley of ESPN angrily ripped up a propagandist press release on ESPN’s air as part of the network’s in-depth coverage of the FIFA Congress and election for FIFA president, none of the other major sports networks in America that trade in the beautiful game had given the FIFA vote any coverage at […]


Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: May 18-24

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NBA on TNT Wednesday, May 20, 2015 “NBA Playoffs Pre Game” (8:00-8:30 p.m.) 1.45 household rating, 2.061 million viewers +28% from 1.615 million on 05/19/14 Eastern Conference Finals Game 1: Cleveland […]


NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: May 18-24

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NBCSN Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS Game 2: Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers Mon 8:03PM-10:58PM 175 1.2 1858 […]


ESPN Ratings Buzz: May 18-24

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. ESPN Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NBA PLAYOFFS-2015 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS Game 2: Houston at Golden State Thu 9:03PM-11:40PM 157 4.4 6866 […]

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ESPN scores its highest rated NBA game since 2012

NBA ratings have been surprisingly down throughout this season.  The regular season numbers saw declines of 12% and 10% respectively for TNT and ESPN.  And with exactly half of the total playoff series thus far ending in either four or five games, postseason ratings are far short of what they could be. But there might be […]


Bob Knight, Lou Holtz quietly fade from view

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy our friends at the National Sports Journalism Center. They commanded our attention during countless autumns and winters. There was Bob Knight and his red sweater. You watched because he was this mixture of brilliance and inexplicable, unpredictable anger. He could get his Indiana team to perform with precision, and […]


Viewing Picks for May 29, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Sydney Swans vs. Carlton Blues — Fox Sports 2, 5:30 a.m. Boxing Premier Boxing Champions, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY Welterweights Amir Khan vs. Chris Algieri — Spike, 9 p.m. CBS Sports Spectacular: Fight Night, WC Handy Performing Arts Park, Memphis, TN Cruiserweights Lateef Kayode vs. Nick Kisner — CBS […]


SVP & Russillo’s last show is June 19th

Earlier this month, Scott Van Pelt inked a multi-year extension with ESPN. As part of that extension, Van Pelt would be the sole anchor of the midnight SportsCenter. But unfortunately, there was a negative part of Van Pelt’s new role – he would be leaving his radio show with Ryen Russillo. While we’re still unsure […]


CBS adds two more SEC football games to its calendar

Network television’s home for Southeastern Conference college football has added two additional games to its coverage in 2015. CBS Sports will broadcast the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta between Auburn and Louisville on Sept. 5 and Georgia at Vanderbilt on Sept. 12. These games were added through a sublicense agreement with ESPN, per a CBS […]


Tennis Channel will no longer air live U.S. Open matches

Since 2008, Tennis Channel had shared the cable rights of the U.S. Open with ESPN2. For the first week, Tennis Channel would air the first match at Arthur Ashe Stadium then would air the matches on the outer courts as ESPN2 focused on Arthur Ashe and Louis Armstrong Stadiums. It would also handle the night […]

during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 24, 2015 in London, England.

NBC draws record viewership for 2014-15 Premier League season

The 2014-15 Barclays Premier League season is in the books, and NBC’s second year of coverage resulted in even more viewership records for the network. This year, NBC and NBCSN averaged 479,000 viewers per match and viewers streamed a whopping 317 million minutes of live games on Live Extra. Compared to the 2013-14 season, the […]

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 24:  Juan Pablo Montoya of Colombia driver of the #2 Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara crosses the finish line to win the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race ahead of Will Power of Australia driver of the #12 Team Penskeke Dallara Chevrolet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 24, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Indy 500 outrates Coca-Cola 600 for first time in 10 years

Here’s fascinating news from the auto racing world.  For the first time in a decade, the Indy 500 outrated NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend according to our friend Paulsen at Sports Media Watch. Earlier this week, we shared the news that the Indy 500 drew its best rating and viewership […]


NBC launching NBC Sports Films department

As we’re in the golden age of sports documentaries, there’s an undeniable gold rush for sports networks to take advantage of the interest in the medium.  ESPN has turned 30 for 30 (and the larger specter of ESPN Films) into one of the most respected brands in all of sports with the tonnage of high quality […]