2013 NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament

Sports Media Weekly No. 145- Paulsen, Sports Media Watch and Dan Levy, The Bleacher Report

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are back for another edition of Sports Media Weekly.

We are joined for our “third man in” news segment by Paulsen of Sports Media Watch.

We begin the show by talking about the final ratings for CBS and Turner for the recently-completed NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament.  We look back at what was the best and worst of the coverage by both networks.

We wrap-up the segment by looking at plans by TNT to cover tomorrow night’s Thunder/Warriors NBA telecast without a play-by-play announcer, only analysts Steve Kerr, Reggie Miller and Chris Webber.

Our second guest this week is Dan Levy, national lead writer for the Bleacher Report. Dan fills us in on how his role has evolved at the Bleacher Report and the impact Turner has had on the operation after it purchased the site.

Dan also used his appearance to announce a new project, the creation of a graphic novel entitled The Rise of the Umpire Robots.  Dan will enlist a star-studded roster of sports writers to help with the project, which will be funded via Kickstarter very soon.

Final Four Games Most-Watched and Highest-Rated in Eight Years

Yesterday Final Four games of the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament were the highest-rated and most watched on eight years.  From CBS PR:

Turner Sports and CBS Sports’ coverage of the 2013 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Final Four® on CBS on Saturday, April 6 earned an average fast national household rating/share of 9.4/18, up 4% from last year’s 9.0/17, which is the highest-rated Final Four in eight years (10.5/19; 2005), based on Nielsen Fast Nationals

The 2013 Final Four averaged 15.702 million viewers, up 3% from last year’s 15.256 million, which is the highest viewer average for the two Final Four games since 2005 (16.647 million; Illinois-Louisville and North Carolina-Michigan State).

The first game, Louisville beating Wichita State, earned an average household rating/share of 8.7/18and 14,468,000 total viewers, both up 4% from last year’s 8.4/17 and 13,908,000 total viewers.

The second game featuring Michigan’s victory over Syracuse delivered a 10.2/18up 6% from last year’s 9.6/17.  The corresponding 17,104,000 total viewers are up 3% compared with last year’s 16,603,000 total viewers.

CBS Sports and Turner Sports’ coverage of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship is averaging 10.174 million total viewers-to-date, up 10% from last year’s 9.213 million,and is the highest viewer average for the NCAA Tournament through the Final Four in eight years(10.183 million; 2005). 

The 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship has delivered the best overall tournament-to-date ratings since 2005. The overall tournament average-to-date rating/share is a 6.4/13, up 8% from last year’s 5.9/12. The 6.4/13 is the highest average rating for the NCAA Tournament through the Final Four in eight years (6.6/14; 2005).

CBS Sports Network’s Coverage of the Final Four from Atlanta

Beginning tomorrow CBS Sports Network will begin its coverage of the NCAA Men’s Baske.tball Final Four from Centennial Park in Atlanta.

Throughout the weekend, hosts Adam Zucker and Brent Stover will be joined by analystsWally Szczerbiak, Mateen Cleaves, Alaa Abdelnaby, Steve Lappas and Pete Gillen, as well as insider Jon Rothstein and reporters Tracy Wolfson and Allie LaForce.

Here is the schedule of shows:

Thursday, April 4

6:30-7:30 PM – COURTSIDE WITH SETH DAVIS
7:30-8:30 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Friday, April 5

12:00 NOON-4:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
5:30-7:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN
9:30-10:30 PM – CBS SPORTS PRESENTS 75 YEARS OF NCAA MARCH MADNESS: THE ALL-TIME TEAM

Saturday, April 6

1:30-3:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
11:30 PM-12:30 AM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Sunday, April 7

11:00 AM-12:30 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
5:00-6:00 PM, ET – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Monday, April 8

6:30-9:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
12:00 MIDNIGHT-1:00 AM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

 

Sports Media Digest- April 1, 2013

CBS and Turner Continue Strong NCAA Tourney Numbers–  Despite the fact that three of the regional final games were blowouts, CBS and Turner are averaging 9.7 million viewers, up 11% over 2012 and the highest in 19 years.  The average rating is 6.3, up 9% from last year.  Sunday’s regional final games had an average audience of 12.8 million viewers, up 31% over 2012.

NBA Double Headers on TNT Tuesday and Thursday–  TNT will televise NBA double headers tomorrow and Thursday.  Tomorrow at 8:00p.m. ET the Knicks take on the Heat with Kevin Calabro, Greg Anthony and David Aldredge on the call.  At 10:30p.m. ET Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Chris Webber and Craig Sager have the call of the Mavericks and Lakers.  Thursday at 7:00p.m. ET The Bulls take on the Nets with Marv Albert, Mike Fratello and Nischelle Turner.  At 9:30p.m. ET Harlan, Miller and Sager return as the Spurs travel to the Thunder.

NBA Action on ESPN-  ESPN will televise four NBA games this week.  Wednesday at 7:00p.m. ET the Knicks take on the Hawks with Dave Pasch and Jon Barry on the call.  ESPN has a double header Friday with the opener at 8:00p.m. ET as the Bobcats host the Heat with Mark Jones and Hubie Brown.. At 10:30p.m. ET the Rockets take on the Trailblazers with Dave Pasch and Flip Saunders at the mic.  The Heat are back on the air Saturday as they take on the 76ers in Philadelphia with Jones and Barry on site.

ABC NBA Double Header Sunday–  ABC will televise another double header as part of its Sunday Showcase this weekend.  The opener tips-off at 1:00p.m. ET as the Knicks take on the Thunder with Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown, and Heather Cox on the call.  At 3:30p.m. ET Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy will broadcast the Clippers and the Lakers.

NCAA Men’s Tournament Regional Finals Schedule

Here is the schedule for this weekend’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Regional Finals:

REGIONAL FINALS

SATURDAY, MARCH 30

 

Tip (ET)

Network

Site

Game

Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter

Producer/Director

4:30 p.m. CBS Washington, DC Syracuse vs. Marquette Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery//Rachel Nichols
Bob Dekas/Suzanne Smith
7:05 p.m. CBS Los Angeles Wichita State vs. Ohio State Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Len Elmore//Lewis Johnson
Steve Scheer/Mike Arnold

REGIONAL FINALS

SUNDAY, MARCH 31

 

Tip (ET)

Network

Site

Game

Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter

Producer/Director

2:20 p.m. CBS North Texas Florida vs. Michigan Marv Albert/Steve Kerr//Craig Sager
Scott Cockerill/Lonnie Dale
5:05 p.m. CBS Indianapolis Duke vs. Louisville Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg//Tracy Wolfson
Mark Wolff/Bob Fishman

Sports Media Weekly No. 143- Dave Sims, Seattle Mariners, Dial Global

There’s quite a bit on our plate for this week’s edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I begin the show discussing the impact Tim McCarver has had on the coverage of Major League Baseball over the years.  McCarver announced today that he will no longer serve as the lead baseball analyst for Fox when his contract expires at the end of this season.

We shift to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and the strong ratings for CBS and Turner on television and online.  Overall we feel the networks have covered the tournament well, but the addition of Doug Gottlieb on the broadcasts has been the one misstep thus far.

We stay with college hoops in discussing how the “old” Big East will continue to receive coverage from CBS when the league splits this summer.

We shift to soccer to discuss the big ratings for ESPN from Tuesday night’s coverage of the World Cup qualifier between the U.S. and Mexico.  We also look at NBC Sports’ hire of Rebecca Lowe to serve on the network’s coverage of the English Premier League when it takes over the rights to the matches in August.

We wrap the segment looking at ESPN’s re-hire of Rick Reilly and our anticipation of the upcoming Major League Baseball season.

Baseball and basketball are on the docket during Ken’s interview with Dave Sims.  Dave recently completed a stint calling college hoops for Dial Global Radio and is prepping for his work for Root Sports calling games on television for the Seattle Mariners.

CBS/Turner Sports NCAA Tourney Ratings Highest in 23 Years

The average overnight ratings through the first week of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on CBS and Turner Sports is averaging 6.3, the highest opening week overnight rating for the tournament in 23 years.  The number is 5% higher than 2012.

Sunday’s third round combined rating was 7.6, up 19% over last year, and the highest in 20 years.

From CBS and Turner Sports PR, here is a breakdown of the numbers from Sunday’s telecasts:

The first daytime telecast window (12:00-2:45 p.m. ET) averaged a 5.4/13, the highest rating for the window since 2002 (5.8/13) and an increase of 26% over last year’s 4.3/11.

The second daytime telecast window (3:00-5:15 p.m.) averaged a 7.2/15, tied with 2007 as the highest rating for the window since 2006 (7.5/16) and up 20% over last year’s 6.0/13.

The first primetime telecast window (5:15-9:15 p.m.) averaged an 11.8/22, the highest rating for the window since 1991’s 12.1/24 and a 26% increase over a 9.4/18 in 2012.

The second primetime window (8:00 p.m.-12:15 a.m.) averaged a 6.5/11, up 2% vs. a 6.4/10 in 2012.

UPDATE:  The final national numbers are in and the rating for the first week of the tournament came in at 5.8, up 7% from 2012 and the highest in 15 years.  The combined average audience for the week was 8.9 million viewers, up 9% over last year and the highest in 20 years.  Sunday’s national rating was 7.1, up 27% over last year.

CBS/Turner Report Best NCAA Thursday Viewership in 22 Years

CBS Sports and Turner Sports report that the overnight ratings for the first day of the full field NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament came in at 5.8, up 4% over 2012 and the highest for the Thursday opening round in 22 years.

From CBS and Turner PR, here is the breakdown of the ratings during the four game windows yesterday:

§  The first daytime telecast window (12-4:15 p.m. ET) averaged a 4.1/14 to deliver the second highest rating for the time slot since 1991, when the tournament expanded to four telecast windows for the entire day (trailing only 2011’s 4.4/15).  The telecast window is up 5% compared with a 3.9/13 last year.

§  The second daytime telecast window (2:30-7:15 p.m.) averaged a 5.5/15 to garner the highest rating ever for the time slot.  The window is up 6% over last year’s 5.2/14.

§  The first primetime telecast window (7-10:15 p.m.) averaged a 7.4/14 to register the highest rating ever for the time slot.  The window is up 9% over a 6.8/13 in 2012.

§  The second primetime window (9:30 p.m.-12:45 a.m.) averaged a 6.4/11, which included a pair of lopsided victories (VCU’s 46-point win against Akron and Syracuse’s 47-point triumph over Montana), vs. a 6.8/12 in 2012.

Saturday’s Third Round NCAA Tip-Times Saturday on CBS and Turner

CBS and Turner has released the tip-off times and networks for Saturday’s third round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament:

THIRD ROUND GAMES

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 (Noon-Midnight ET)

 

12:15 p.m. CBS Auburn Hills I VCU vs. Michigan Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery//Rachel Nichols
        Bob Dekas/Suzanne Smith
After conc. 1 CBS Auburn Hills II Memphis vs. Michigan St. Lundquist/ Raftery// Nichols
        Dekas/ Smith
5:15 p.m. CBS Lexington I Colorado State vs. Louisville Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel//Allie LaForce
        Bob Mansbach/Chris Svendsen
6:10 p.m. TNT Salt Lake City I Harvard vs. Arizona Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jamie Maggio
        Ken Mack/Jim Cornell
7:10 pm TBS San Jose I Oregon vs. St. Louis Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//
Marty Snider
        Craig Silver/Renardo Lowe
After conc. I CBS Lexington II Butler vs. Marquette Eagle/Spanarkel//LaForce
        Mansbach/ Svendsen
After conc. I TNT Salt Lake City II Wichita St. vs. Gonzaga Dedes/Gottlieb//Maggio
        Mack/Cornell
After conc. I TBS San Jose II California vs. Syracuse/Montana Anderson/ Bonner//Snider
        Silver/Lowe

CBS/Turner NCAA Tourney Schedule

Now that the 68 teams have been determined for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, CBS Sports and Turner Sports have unveiled the television schedule and announcer assignments:

FIRST ROUND GAMES

TUESDAY, MARCH 19

 

Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//ReporterProducer/Director
6:40 p.m. truTV Dayton I N.C. A&T vs. Liberty Marv Albert/Steve Kerr//
Craig Sager
Rodney Vaughn/Andy Goldberg
After conc. I truTV Dayton II Mid Tennessee  vs.
St. Mary’s
Albert/Kerr//Sager 
Vaughn/Goldberg

 

FIRST ROUND GAMES

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20

6:40 p.m. truTV Dayton I LIU-Brooklyn vs.
James Madison
Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg//Tracy Wolfson
Vaughn/Goldberg
After conc. I truTV Dayton II Boise St. vs. LaSalle Nantz/Kellog//Wolfson
Vaughn/Goldberg

 

SECOND ROUND GAMES

THURSDAY AFTERNOON, MARCH 21 (Noon-5 p.m. ET)

 

Tip (ET)

Network

Site

Game

Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter

Producer/Director

12:15 p.m. CBS Auburn Hills I Valparaiso vs. Michigan State Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery//Rachel Nichols
Bob Dekas/Suzanne Smith
12:40 p.m. truTV Lexington I Bucknell vs. Butler Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel//
Allie LaForce
Bob Mansbach/Chris Svendsen
1:40 p.m. TBS Salt Lake City I Wichita St. vs. Pittsburgh Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jamie Maggio
Ken Mack/Jim Cornell
2:10 p.m. TNT San Jose I New Mexico St. vs.Saint Louis Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Marty Snider
Craig Silver/Renardo Lowe
After conc. I CBS Auburn Hills II Mid Tennessee /
St. Mary’s vs. Memphis
Lundquist/Raftery/Nichols
Dekas/Smith
After conc. I truTV Lexington II Davidson vs. Marquette Eagle/Spanarkel//LaForce
Mansbach/Svendsen
After conc. I TBS Salt Lake City II Southern U. vs. Gonzaga Dedes/Gottlieb//Maggio
Mack/Cornell
After conc. I TNT San Jose II Oregon vs. Oklahoma St. Anderson/Bonner//Snider
Silver/Lowe

 

SECOND ROUND GAMES

THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH 21 (6:30 p.m.-Midnight ET)

(Announce and Production Teams Same as Day Games)

 

6:50 p.m. TBS Lexington III N.C. A&T/Liberty vs.Louisville Eagle/Spanarkel//LaForce
Mansbach/Svendsen
7:15 p.m. CBS Auburn Hills III South Dakota St. vs.Michigan Lundquist/Raftery/Nichols
Dekas/Smith
7:20 p.m. TNT Salt Lake City III Belmont vs. Arizona Dedes/Gottlieb//Maggio
Mack/Cornell
7:27 p.m. truTV San Jose III California vs. UNLV Anderson/Bonner//Snider
Silver/Lowe
After conc. III TBS Lexington IV Missouri vs. Colorado St. Eagle/Spanarkel//LaForce
Mansbach/Svendsen
After conc. III CBS Auburn Hills IV Akron vs. VCU Lundquist/Raftery/Nichols
Dekas/Smith
After conc. III TNT Salt Lake City IV Harvard vs. New Mexico Dedes/Gottlieb//Maggio
Mack/Cornell
After conc. III truTV San Jose IV Montana vs. Syracuse Anderson/Bonner//Snider
Silver/Lowe

 

SECOND ROUND GAMES

FRIDAY AFTERNOON, MARCH 22 (Noon-5 p.m. ET)

 

Tip (ET)

Network

Site

Game

Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter

Producer/Director

12:15 p.m. CBS Philadelphia I Albany vs. Duke Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller//Lewis Johnson
Steve Scheer/Mike Arnold
12:40 p.m. truTV Kansas City I Ole Miss vs. Wisconsin Albert/Kerr//Sager
Scott Cockerill/Lonnie Dale
1:40 p.m. TBS Dayton I Temple vs. N.C. State Nantz/Kellogg//Wolfson
Mark Wolff/Bob Fishman
2:10 p.m. TNT Austin I Pacific vs. Miami Tim Brando/Mike Gminski//
Otis Livingston
Vic Frank/Mark Grant
After conc. I CBS Philadelphia II Cincinnati vs. Creighton Harlan/Elmore/Miller//Johnson