8 items from 2015
Super Bowl Xlix between the Patriots and Seahawks is a week away, but the Pro Bowl all-star game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona (Sunday, Jan. 25, at 8pm Et on Espn) might fill the football gap for some, but probably not many. The NFL’s best players compete against each other in the second year of an “unconferenced” format that has players put on teams through a fantasy-style draft. Espn’s Monday Night Football team of Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and reporter Lisa Salters call the game. Espn NFL-themed programming on Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 25: Time (Et) Show Network … Continue reading →
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- Ryan Berenz
Update: In updated national estimates from Nielsen, Monday’s college football championship game averaged 33.4 million viewers — a cable record. Espn also has No. 2 and No. 3 on the list with its Jan. 1 semifinal games between Alabama and Ohio State (28.27 million) and Oregon vs. Florida State (28.16 million).
The first ever College Football Playoff was a rousing ratings success for Espn, whose coverage of the national championship game on Monday between Ohio State and Oregon set a cable record in the overnights.
Nielsen estimates that the Buckeyes’ 42-20 victory over the Ducks averaged an 18.5 overnight household rating, a 21% jump above last year’s Bcs National Championship on Espn between Auburn and Florida State (15.3). It’s also a sizable 20% improvement over this year’s two semifinal games held on Jan. 1 (Alabama-Ohio State and Oregon-Florida State), which averaged a 15.4 in the overnights on Espn and ended up averaging more than 28 million viewers in the nationals. »
- Rick Kissell
It’s a sad day.
Stuart Scott, a revered longtime anchor at Espn, has died at the age of 49 due to cancer. Scott was famous for his instinctive grasp of the mot juste, to translate his personality and charisma into words. “Boo-Yah!” “As cool as the other side of the pillow,” and “He must be the bus driver cuz he was takin’ him to school,” are just a few examples of the flair and witty style he brought onto every broadcast, which we all marveled at the serendipitous of his immense personality and passion.
Stuart has been battling against cancer for approximately eight years. It all started while covering the Pittsburg Steelers/Miami Dolphins game on Espn Monday Night Football, November 26, 2007. He became ill, and was forced to endure an emergency appendectomy. During the operation, doctors discovered a tumor, which resulted in additional surgery and chemotherapy, and so began the battle. »
- Kyle Hodge
Stuart Scott, the longtime SportsCenter anchor and Espn personality known for his enthusiasm and ubiquity, died Sunday. He was 49. Scott had fought cancer since a diagnosis in late 2007, the network said, but remained dedicated to his craft even as he underwent chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Espn President John Skipper said in a statement that Scott was "a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure" and that his "energetic and unwavering devotion to his family and to his work while fighting the battle of his life left us in awe, and he leaves a void that can never be replaced." Longtime »
- Associated Press
Stuart Scott, the longtime SportsCenter anchor and Espn personality known for his enthusiasm and ubiquity, died Sunday. He was 49. Scott had fought cancer since a diagnosis in late 2007, the network said, but remained dedicated to his craft even as he underwent chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Espn President John Skipper said in a statement that Scott was "a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure" and that his "energetic and unwavering devotion to his family and to his work while fighting the battle of his life left us in awe, and he leaves a void that can never be replaced." Scott »
- Associated Press
Scott, who joined the sports giant in 1993 for the launch of ESPN2, was diagnosed with cancer in November 2007 and dealt with recurring bouts of the disease.
In addition to hosting “SportsCenter,” Scott covered numerous events and specials over his 21-year career with Espn and ABC Sports. His most famous catchphrases — “Booyah!” and “As cool as the other side of the pillow” — have become part of pop culture; Scott was even parodied on “Saturday Night Live.”
“Espn and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott,” Espn president John Skipper said in a statement. “Who engages in mixed martial arts training in the midst of chemotherapy treatments? Who leaves a hospital procedure to return to the set? »
- Todd Spangler
Espn was last year’s top dog in cable ratings, sweeping the key demo categories while also winning in total viewers — leap-frogging the likes of USA and Disney Channel, which traditionally battle for the top spot but slumped in 2014.
The sports network, whose telecast of the college football championship game last January was the year’s most-watched cable telecast (25.75 million viewers), edged ahead of TBS in adults 18-49 and 25-54 and bested Adult Swim in the 18-34 demo, according to Nielsen estimates. Espn was one of seven top-40 networks to deliver year-over-year primetime gains in adults 18-49.
Other top-40 nets on the rise vs. 2013 in the demo were VH1 (up 6%), ID (up 9%), Fxx (up 73%), We tv (up 13%), Hallmark (up 8%) and Own (up 7%). The Oprah Winfrey network, with a full year of scripted hit “The Haves and the Have Nots,” grew by double-digits for a third straight year — the only top-40 network to do so. »
- Rick Kissell
Update: In Nielsen nationals released late Friday, the Rose Bowl between Oregon and Florida State averaged 28.164 million viewers and the Sugar Bowl between Ohio State and Alabama drew 28.271 million — the two most-watched telecasts in cable television history.
Last year’s championship game between Auburn and Florida State drew 25.6 million viewers, and this year’s game on Jan. 12 between Ohio State and Oregon is expected to surpass the 30-million viewer mark.
Total-viewer estimates won’t be available until later today, but Espn’s coverage of the the first-ever College Football Playoff semifinal games dominated a Thursday ratings race that featured some low-rated originals on NBC and ABC but all repeats on the other broadcasters.
In Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, the Rose Bowl contest between Oregon and Florida State averaged a 15.5 household rating from 5 to 8:45 p.m. Et — the top-rated Sugar Bowl since a 2000 contest for the national championship between Virginia Tech and Florida State, »
- Rick Kissell
8 items from 2015
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