Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole kicked off the newest incarnation of Fox Sports Live on Monday Night with a program resembling more of a late night talk show than a SportsCenter-type highlights show. The initial ratings results were… not all that different than they were before the hiatus.
The program pulled in 75,000 viewers between 11:00 and 11:30 p.m. and dropped to 38,000 viewers between 11:30 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.
Before the hiatus, the show’s weekly ratings vascilated between 50,000 and 140,000 viewers, largely-dependant on the lead-in programming. On average, the previous version of Fox Sports Live would get around 97,000 viewers between December and January. That’s down from an average of 149,000 earlier in 2015.
On Monday, the lead-in programming was the Daytona 500, which averaged 115,000 viewers.
This new version of Fox Sports Live might need some time to find its footing. As the duo find their footing and audiences discover (or re-discover) the new format, there’s plenty of room for growth. Of course, the question remains as to whether or not Fox Sports is willing to stick with the program for an extended trial run after everything that’s come before. Especially when the duo are clearly going to go meta and openly discuss the show’s trouble with ratings and relevance.
— FSLive: Jay & Dan (@FOXSportsLive) February 23, 2016