CBS/Turner See Record Overnights for 1st Week of 2015 NCAA Men’s Tournament

Observers may have criticized the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee over seedings and various teams getting into the Big Dance, but the games and matchups that resulted from the First Four to the Round of 32 has generated record ratings for the CBS/Turner broadcast consortium. For the first week on CBS, TBS, TNT and the much-maligned […]

Tuesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 03/03/2015

Back to do a sports media notebook for you. Let’s get to it. NEWS NASCAR beat reporter Jim Utter of the Charlotte Observer notes that Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in Atlanta did well for Fox and was up from last year’s second race which was held in Phoenix. That along with increased viewership for the […]

Sunday’s Sports Media Notebook — 03/01/2015

It’s been more than ten days since you had a notebook. Things have gone rather haywire and I’ve been quite busy dealing with issues at home, but you don’t have to be bogged down with what I’m going through. You want content so here it is. NEWS With Monday being the NHL Trade Deadline, fans […]

Wednesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 02/18/2015

Time for another edition of the notebook. Let’s do this. NEWS NBC Sports has announced it will pick up radio coverage of horse racing’s Triple Crown. Over the past few years, radio coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes has been piecemeal with various syndicators producing the races. Now, NBC which has […]

Tuesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 02/03/2015

Time for a sports media notebook. Plenty of stuff out there and I need to clear my browser tabs of all the links I have for you. First some news. NEWS As you’re aware by now, Super Bowl XLIX was declared the most-watched television program in U.S. history with an average of 114.4 million viewers. […]

Super Bowl XLIX is the Most-Watched TV Show in U.S. History

Well, it’s official now. Super Bowl XLIX on NBC is the most-watched television program in U.S. history with 114.4 million viewers breaking the previous record of 112.3 set last year by Super Bowl XLVIII on Fox. The viewership peaked at over 120 million in the last ten minutes of the game. Thanks to a close […]

Sunday’s Sports Media Notebook — 02/01/2015

With today being Super Bowl Sunday and a new month to boot, let’s provide you with a new edition of the notebook. I have a lot of linkage to provide you plus a few pieces for News You Can Use. During the Super Bowl, I’ll do my annual grades of the ads during each quarter, […]

Tuesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/20/2015

Let’s open the notebook after a busy weekend. Took Monday off after the Greg Anthony news and an interview I conducted with CBS’ Tracy Wolfson which I’ll provide in the links. First the news: NEWS The ratings and viewership for the NFL Conference Championship games are in. While both games drew over 40 million viewers, […]

Thursday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/15/2015

Let’s do a notebook for this Thursday. NEWS NBC held a big press conference on Wednesday at its World Headquarters in Rockefeller Plaza in New York. It announced a multi-year agreement with Haymon Boxing to air the Premier Boxing Champions series starting with 20 events this year, 14 of which will be in primetime on […]

Wednesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/14/2015

We have quite a few things for you today. Let’s get to things without further delay. NEWS The National Football League has reason to smile after seeing the numbers for Divisional Weekend. After seeing lower ratings and viewership for Wild Card Weekend, the NFL saw significantly higher numbers this past weekend thanks to having glamor […]

Tuesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/13/2015

We’re back with the notebook after a few days absence. Got busy with a few things so happy to have this back. I’ve plenty of linkage for you. NEWS Ratings from the weekend were delayed due to some problem at the Nielsen headquarters. This happens every so often. NBC said its first Divisional Playoff game […]

Thursday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/08/2015

Let’s do a notebook on this Thursday morning. SHAMELESS PLUG Your humble blogger was interviewed by BBC Sportshour which is aired Saturdays on the BBC World Service. Host Caroline Barker talked with yours truly about ESPN’s Stuart Scott and his legacy. The program will be heard at 10 a.m. in the UK which means 5 […]

Wednesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/07/2015

Let’s do our notebook for this hump day. We begin with some late news that came out on Tuesday. NEWS It appears that new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will be involved in ESPN’s coverage of next Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press has the story. Fox Sports […]

Tuesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/06/2015

On this first Tuesday of the New Year, let’s open the notebook once again to provide you with some linkage and some news you can use. First, some thoughts which will take the place of the breaking news or news segment. OPINION As we’re over 48 hours from the time we learned of Stuart Scott’s […]

Wild Card Saturday’s Ratings Down from 2014

With ESPN televising its first-ever NFL playoff game and NBC relegated to just a single primetime contest on Wild Card Saturday, ratings for the playoff doubleheader were down from last year. And compared to 2014 when both games were thrillers including a massive comeback for the Indianapolis Cots, this year’s games were far from that […]

Weekend Sports Media Notebook — 01/03-04/2015

Let’s give you some news, linkage and maybe some news you can use. Figured you could use some Sunday reading today. NEWS You’ve probably heard it already, but the College Football Playoff semifinals, the Rose and the Sugar Bowls on New Year’s Day set cable viewing records. Both games broke the previous record for cable […]

Friday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/02/2015

Time for the first Sports Media Notebook of 2015. Let’s see what news we can squeeze for this edition. NEWS First, ESPN saw some good news for the first half of its so-called “New Year’s Six.” The ratings were good for the Peach, Orange and Fiesta Bowls. College Football: First Half of “New Year’s Six” […]

2015 Sports Media Predictions

Time for some predictions for 2015. Looking back through the archives, the last predictions post on this site was done in 2012 so it’s time to do one now. I’ll do it a little differently than in previous years. Here goes. January The first-ever College Football National Championship Game on ESPN draws a record cable […]