Sports Media Digest- May 23, 2012

Sunday Night Football Top Rated Program for the 2012-2013 TV Season–  The 2012-2013 television season is over and Sunday Night Football has been crowned the top-rated prime-time program for the year.  NBC has earned that honor for the second straight year.  Over the course of the 19 telecasts Sunday Night Football earned an average audience of 21.5 million viewers.

TNT Nets a 5.3 Rating for NBA Eastern Conference Finals Opener–  Turner Sports reports that last night’s opening game of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals register an average rating of 5.3 with 8.2 million viewers.  The rating was up 10% over the network’s coverage of the first game of the Western Conference  Finals last year.

Finebaum Joins ESPN and SEC Network–  ESPN has announced that it has hired long-time sports voice Paul Finebaum to host a radio show which will eventually be simulcast on the SEC Network.  The radio show will debut this August with the simulcast on the SEC Network to begin in August of 2014.  Finebaum will also appear on a variety of other shows and outlets, including SportsCenterCollege Football LiveCollege GameDay and in ESPN The Magazine.

Coca-Cola 600 This Weekend on Fox– Fox Sports continues its coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunday evening with the Coca-Cola 600 from the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Coverage begins at 5:30p.m. ET with pre-race action hosted by Chris Myers with Darrell and Michael Waltrip.  When the race begins Mike Joy calls the action alongside analysts Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds while Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits for reports on teams and pit stops. FOX Sports’ Jeff Hammond serves as the network’s roving analyst.

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