|THURSDAY, OCT. 17|
|Seattle at Arizona||8:25 pm||NFL Network||Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock|
|SUNDAY, OCT. 20|
|Tampa Bay at Atlanta||1:00 pm||FOX||Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Molly McGrath|
|Chicago at Washington||1:00 pm||FOX||Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnson, Tony Siragusa|
|Dallas at Philadelphia||1:00 pm||FOX||Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver|
|New England at N.Y. Jets||1:00 pm||CBS||Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierforf|
|Buffalo at Miami||1:00 pm||CBS||Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker|
|St. Louis at Carolina||1:00 pm||FOX||Dick Stockton, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin|
|Cincinnati at Detroit||1:00 pm||CBS||Marv Albert, Rich Gannon|
|San Diego at Jacksonville||1:00 pm||CBS||Spero Dedes, Stever Beuerlein|
|San Francisco at Tennessee||4:05 pm||FOX||Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale|
|Houston at Kansas City||4:25 pm||CBS||Jim Nantz, Phil Simms|
|Baltimore at Pittsburgh||4:25 pm||CBS||Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts|
|Cleveland at Green Bay||4:25 pm||CBS||Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts|
|Denver at Indianapolis||8:30 pm||NBC||Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth|
|MONDAY, OCT. 21|
|Minnesota at N.Y. Giants||8:40 pm||ESPN||Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden|
|Bye week: New Orleans,Oakland|
We begin the show by tapping into Paulsen’s vast knowledge of ratings numbers as we dissect the reported success to date of Fox and TBS during their coverage of Major League Baseball’s playoffs.
We do the same with the NFL, which, although still king of the hill in ratings, is seeing decreases in viewership on some networks thus far over 2012. In our discussion we also bring up the report in the Wall Street Journal that the NFL may be looking at adding an additional Thursday Night game to the schedule.
We move on to the changes ESPN has been making to the NBA Countdown crew, led by the departure last week of Magic Johnson.
We wrap the show by looking at how ESPN and Turner have been trying to get out of telecasting NASCAR in 2014, the last year of its contract before NBC and Fox take over the rights exclusively in 2015.
Here is the week 6 NFL schedule, along with the announcers calling each game:
|THURSDAY, OCT. 10|
|N.Y. Giants at Chicago||8:25 pm||NFL Network||Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock|
|SUNDAY, OCT. 13|
|Green Bay at Baltimore||1:00 pm||FOX||Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa|
|Philadelphia at Tampa Bay||1:00 pm||FOX||Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber, Kris Budden|
|Pittsburgh at N.Y. Jets||1:00 pm||CBS||Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Bill Cowher|
|Carolina at Minnesota||1:00 pm||FOX||Sam Rosen, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin|
|Oakland at Kansas City||1:00 pm||CBS||Marv Albert, Rich Gannon|
|St. Louis at Houston||1:00 pm||FOX||Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale|
|Cincinnati at Buffalo||1:00 pm||CBS||Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts, Boomer Esiason|
|Detroit at Cleveland||1:00 pm||FOX||Tom McCarthy, Heath Evans, Molly McGrath|
|Tennessee at Seattle||4:05 pm||CBS||Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf|
|Jacksonville at Denver||4:05 pm||CBS||Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Shannon Sharpe|
|New Orleans at New England||4:25 pm||FOX||Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver|
|Arizona at San Francisco||4:25 pm||FOX||Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch|
|Washington at Dallas||8:30 pm||NBC||Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth|
|MONDAY, OCT. 14|
|Indianapolis at San Diego||8:40 pm||ESPN||Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden|
|Bye week: Atlanta,Miami|
Here is the week 5 NFL schedule, along with the announcers calling each game:
|Thursday, Oct. 03|
|Buffalo at Cleveland||8:25 pm||NFL Network||Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock|
|Sunday, Oct. 06|
|Baltimore at Miami||1:00 pm||CBS||Marv Albert, Rich Gannon|
|Jacksonville at St. Louis||1:00 pm||CBS||Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker|
|Kansas City at Tennessee||1:00 pm||CBS||Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts|
|Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants||1:00 pm||FOX||Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin|
|Seattle at Indianapolis||1:00 pm||FOX||Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Erin ANdrews|
|New Orleans at Chicago||1:00 pm||FOX||Joe Buck, Troy Aikman|
|New England at Cincinnati||1:00 pm||CBS||Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf|
|Detroit at Green Bay||1:00 pm||FOX||Kenny Albert, Darly Johnston|
|Carolina at Arizona||4:05 pm||FOX||Chris Myers, Tim Ryan|
|Denver at Dallas||4:25 pm||CBS||Jim Nantz, Phil Simms|
|San Diego at Oakland||11:35 pm||NFL Network||Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts|
|Houston at San Francisco||8:30 pm||NBC||Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth|
|Monday, Oct. 07|
|N.Y. Jets at Atlanta||8:40 pm||ESPN||Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden|
|Bye week: Minnesota,Pittsburgh,Tampa Bay,Washington|
During TV Premiere Week Sunday Night Football Wins in the Primetime Ratings
NBC Sports reports today that Sunday’s Patriots-Falcons matchup on Sunday Night Football (SNF) was the most-watched primetime program in “Premiere Week” drawing an average of 20.5 million viewers.
Sunday’s SNF had a rating of 12.5 and was primetime’s top show in the Adults and Men 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 demographics.
ESPN/ABC Earn Top Ratings for Saturday College Football
For the fifth consecutive Saturday night college football action on ABC and ESPN was the top rated program for the evening.
The Saturday Night Football telecast on ABC – Ohio State over Wisconsin 31-24 – averaged 6,751,000 viewers and a 4.0 household US rating, helping the network to the top spot on September 28.
ESPN’s primetime games finished a combined second for the night; with Alabama beating Ole Miss 25-0 at 6:30 p.m. ET averaging 4,022,000 viewers and a 2.3 HH US rating while Stanford’s 55-17 victory over Washington State at 10 p.m. averaged 1,851,000 viewers and a 1.2 HH US rating.
CBS Sports Network Gets Wider Carriage on Time Warner Cable Systems
CBS and Time Warner cable have announced a deal to provide wider distribution of the CBS Sports Network to Time Warner cable subscribers. CBS Sports Network has been added to Time Warner Cable’s DTV-Digital TV package on most systems, beginning today.
CBS Sports Network is now seen in over 53 million homes and is available to more than 99 million households across the country.
MLB Playoffs Forces Shift of Chargers/Raiders from CBS to NFL Network
The NFL announced yesterday that this Sunday’s Chargers/Raiders game in Oakland will kick-off at 8:35p.m. PT to accommodate a change in field conditions warranted by the Oakland A’s Divisional Series playoff game. The A’s play Saturday and it will take the crew at the O.co Coliseum all day Sunday to covert the field from baeball to football.
The change will mean the game will not air on CBS are originally scheduled but instead will be telecast on the NFL Network. CBS announcers Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts will still call the game as scheduled.
MLB Network Adds Guest Analysts for Postseason Coverage
Current Major Leaguers Raul Ibanez, Mark DeRossa, Mark Texeira, and Adam Jones will join White Sox announcer Ken Harrelson as guest analysts during the MLB Network’s coverage of baseball’s postseason.
The MLB Network will provide 165 hours of programming covering the 2013 Postseason which includes MLB Network’s two exclusive LDS game telecasts this Friday, October 4, with Bob Costas, Jim Kaat and Sam Ryan on the call, and on Monday, October 7, with Matt Vasgersian, Kaat and Ryan.
Fox Sports Partners with USA Rugby
Fox Sports and USA Rugby have entered into an agreement with USA Rugby to televise the U.S. Eagle’ss match against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks November 9th at PPL Park in Philadelphia.
The game will be taped televised on Fox Sports 1 November 10th at Noon ET.
“USA Rugby is very excited about FOX Sports 1 airing the match from Philadelphia,” USA Rugby Chief Commercial Officer Jon Persch said. “FOX Sports 1offers USA Rugby the greatest number of viewers with the new channel being offered in 90 million homes. On top of that, FOX Sports has had a monumental impact covering the world’s most elite sporting events and we are thrilled to share this marquee matchup with FOX Sports.”
Steve Sabol to be Next Profile on NFLN’s A Football Life
The NFL Network (NFLN) has announced that the next edition of its documentary series A Football Life will profile the life of former NFL Films President Steve Sabol. Sabol passed away last year after a battle with cancer.
Steve Sabol: A Football Life will feature footage from classic NFL Films movies and interviews, family photos and old films of Steve, and time spent at home and with his family. Additionally, throughout the show, NFL Films employees read thousands of emails which were sent to Steve following his seizure in 2011, and individuals who Steve reached out to and inspired share their memories. It is a film about Steve told by those who knew him best – family, friends, co-workers – and those who didn’t know him at all.
Following the documentary Rich Eisen will narrate A Football Life: Backstory, a 30-minute show that provides a deeper look into the life and story of Steve Sabol.
Steve Sabol: A Football Life debuts Tuesday, October 1st, at 9:00p.m. ET.
NBCSN To Launch New NHL Programs
In preparation for the new NHL season, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) announced it will launch two new NHL programs. Both will debut on Wednesday, October 9th beginning at 10:30p.m. ET.
NHL Rivals will delve into the history between many of the teams featured on NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry matchups, as told by current and former players, broadcasters and writers.
NHL Top 10, which will premiere each week following NHL Rivals, will examine some of the most timeless debates hockey fans have discussed for decades. The weekly countdown program will run the gamut of hockey “bests,” including top goal-scorers and U.S.-born players, as well as the toughest places to play in the NHL and top Olympic moments. It will feature commentary and analysis from current and former players, broadcasters and writers.
ESPN Reports Ratings and Viewership Increases for Sunday Night Baseball
The Sunday Night Baseball series on ESPN is over for the season and the network reports a gain in ratings and viewership over 2012.
Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN averaged a 1.3 U.S. household rating, up eight percent from a 1.2 rating in 2012. Additionally, Sunday Night Baseball averaged 1,896,000 viewers, which is up six percent compared to 1,784,000 in 2012.
Larry King, Colin Cowherd, and Jeremy Schapp Tabbed to Fill In for Olbermann
ESPN announced today a slate of guest hosts who will fill-in for Keith Olbermann on his weeknight program on ESPN2 when he takes a leave of absence to work as a studio host for TBS’ coverage of the Major League Baseball post season.
The network announced that former CNN host Larry King will host the show from October 1st through October 3rd. Jeremy Schapp will host from October 8th through October 10th while ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd will host from October 15th through October 17th.
Here is the week four schedule in the NFL, along with the announcers calling each game:
|Thursday, Sep. 26|
|San Francisco at St. Louis||8:25 pm||NFL Network||Brad Nessler, Mike Mayork|
|Sunday, Sep. 29|
|Baltimore at Buffalo||1:00 pm||CBS||Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts|
|Arizona at Tampa Bay||1:00 pm||FOX||Sam Rosen , Heath Evans, Molly McGrath|
|Pittsburgh at Minnesota||1:00 pm||CBS||Jim Nantz, Phil Simms|
|N.Y. Giants at Kansas City||1:00 pm||FOX||Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Erin Andrews|
|Indianapolis at Jacksonville||1:00 pm||CBS||Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts|
|Seattle at Houston||1:00 pm||FOX||Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale|
|Cincinnati at Cleveland||1:00 pm||CBS||Marv Albert, Rich Gannon|
|Chicago at Detroit||1:00 pm||FOX||Thomm Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin|
|N.Y. Jets at Tennessee||4:05 pm||CBS||Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf|
|Washington at Oakland||4:25 pm||FOX||Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber, Kris Budden|
|Philadelphia at Denver||4:25 pm||FOX||Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver|
|Dallas at San Diego||4:25 pm||FOX||Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa|
|New England at Atlanta||8:30 pm||NBC||Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth|
|Monday, Sep. 30|
|Miami at New Orleans||8:40 pm||ESPN||Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden|