Monthly Archives: December 2011

NBC Gets Xmas Gift of 24 Million People Watching Sunday Night Football on 12/25

The Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers game on Christmas Night got a big viewership. NBC says the game received an average of 24 million viewers. Against weak competition on the other broadcast networks and the NBA on ESPN, Sunday Night Football dominated the 18-49 demographic with a 7.7 rating and a 23 share. Overall, the rating […]

Episode 3 of 24/7 Flyers/Rangers on HBO Tonight

Our third straight NHL-centric post will deal with tonight’s episode of the critically-acclaimed HBO Sports 24/7 series on the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers meeting at the Winter Classic. Tonight’s installment will entail with another week of preparation between the two teams leading up to the January 2 game. In addition, we’ll get our […]

NBC Sports Network To Air Documentary on 1972 Canada-USSR Summit Series

Back in 1972, a group of NHL All-Stars took on the powerful national team from the Soviet Union in an eight game series that was known as the Summit Series. Western media thought the Canadian team would walk over the USSR and after the first three minutes of Game 1, it certainly looked that way, […]

Universal Sports To Air Full Slate of Skiing

Universal Sports has already started to air the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup season and it will continue all the way to the end at the World Cup Finals in Schladming, Austria in March. The World Cup season took a break for Christmas and resumes today in Lienz, Austria with the Women’s Giant Slalom. You’ll […]

Primetime & Late Night Viewing Picks

College Basketball Men’s Northwestern at Ohio State — Big Ten Network, 5:30 p.m. Oklahoma vs. SMU at Dallas — ESPNU, 6:30 p.m. Seton Hall at Syracuse — Big East Network, 7 p.m. Villanova at West Virginia — Big East Network, 7 p.m. Wofford at South Carolina — CSS, 7 p.m. Georgetown at Louisville — ESPN2, […]

Quickie Tuesday Links

Let’s do some linkage while I can. Again, I’ve been away from the computer for most of the morning. Too busy. Right after the end of the final Monday Night Football game of 2012 featuring Jon Gruden at the mic, reports surfaced that this ESPN analyst was a candidate for several potential coaching jobs including […]

The Final NFL Week 17 Schedule

With New Orleans’ win over Atlanta on Monday Night Football, we now have the final Week 17 schedule in the League Where They Play For Pay. The last game’s starting time that was to be decided was Carolina at New Orleans and with the Saints’ win, the NFL will slot that into a 1 p.m. […]

NBC Sports Execs and Mike “Doc” Emrick Talk About NHL Winter Classic

Last week, NBC Sports and the NHL held a joint media event at the famed 8H studios where Saturday Night Live is performed, to promote next week’s Winter Classic and the rebrand of Versus into NBC Sports Network right after the conclusion of the game on January 2. We have this video from NBCUniversal catching […]

NBC Sports Group Gears Up For NHL Winter Classic & Rebranding of Versus

In what has become a signature event for NBC Sports, the network is getting ready for the 2012 NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. NBC will air the game live from Philadelphia on Monday, January 2 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. When the game is over, […]

Primetime & Late Night Viewing Picks

College Basketball Men’s Providence at St. John’s — Big East Network/Cox Sports RI/MASN/MSG Plus, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Notre Dame — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Winthrop at Georgia — CSS, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Illinois — Big Ten Network, 7:30 p.m. Texas Southern at Saint Louis — Fox College Sports/Fox Sports Midwest, 8 p.m. Cal State-San […]

Thursday Night Football Sees Highest Viewership Ever

Thanks to an increased audience thanks to agreements with many major cable providers (except for Cablevision and Time Warner, I know), NFL Network saw its highest viewership ever for Thursday Night Football. The eight game package saw an average viewership of 6.2 million. That’s up 8% from the previous year which saw 5.4 million viewers. […]

NBA Christmas Day Ratings Are Quite Good

We have two press releases, one from TNT and the other from ESPN/ABC regarding their ratings for a rare NBA Opening Day on Christmas. TNT had the very first game of the season, the Boston Celtics visiting the New York Knicks at the newly renovated Madison Square Garden. TNT saw a 3.4 rating with an […]

NFL Week 17 Updated, But Not Final Yet

From the NFL, we learn that after the Chicago Bears’ loss to Green Bay last night, their next game against Minnesota will stay at 1 p.m. ET. The only game still to be determined is Carolina-New Orleans. If the Saints beat or tie Atlanta tonight on Monday Night Football, Panthers-NO will remain a 1 p.m. […]

Bears-Packers Dominate Sunday Primetime

Against weak network competition and the NBA on cable, the Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers Sunday Night Football game on NBC did very well in the ratings. The game received a 12.6 rating with a 25 share. The rating is down considerably from last year’s Week 16 game which was played on a Tuesday due to […]

Boxing Day Viewing Picks

Boxing Best of 2011: Pascal vs. Hopkins II — HBO, 11 p.m. Best of 2011: Khan vs. Peterson — HBO, midnight Best of 2011: Berto vs. Ortiz — HBO, 1 a.m. (Tuesday) College Football Independence Bowl, Shreveport, LA Missouri vs. North Carolina — ESPN2, 5 p.m. English Premier League Chelsea vs. Fulham — Fox Soccer, […]

Nominees For 5th Annual Fang’s Bites NFL TV Awards

After Week 17, I’ll hand out the winners of the 5th Annual Fang’s Bites Awards. Usually, I just list those who won plus the honorable mentions. You never see the candidates whom I think are eligible each year. Well, it’s time to change that. Here are the nominees in each category. Best Play-by-Play: Marv Albert, […]

NBC’s Football Night in America Quotage For Week 17

I’m currently writing an original post for you, but before I post that, I will provide you with the quotage from tonight’s Football Night in America from NBC. Not much quotage as NBC ran a couple of features to fill time instead of highlights as the majority of games were played on Christmas Eve. But […]

Week 17 Schedule Partially Announced; Cowboys-Giants Flexed to Primetime

Wasn’t it great to have a full slate of afternoon NFL games on a Saturday? I enjoyed watching the NFL on Christmas Eve and with the games today plus playoff scenarios becoming clearer, the Sunday Night Football game for Week 17 has been decided. It’ll be the Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants playing for the NFC […]

The NFL Today on CBS Quotage For Week 16