The sweet words of “Game 7” once again delivered for FOX Sports, as the Nationals’ victory over the Astros on Wednesday night delivered 23,013,000 viewers with a 13.1 Nielsen rating to rank as the network’s best performance for a primetime telecast this broadcast season and ranking as FOX’s top Wednesday night telecast since Game 7 of the 2017 World Series. Overall, for the full 2019 MLB postseason saw FOX and FS1 average 7,835,000 viewers, up 12% compared to last year’s average.
In addition, Tunity Analytics reports that Game averaged 5,522,830 OOH viewers to mark a rise of 93% over the average for games 1-6. The game peaked at 9:05 with an OOH audience of 6,978,855. Let me know if you have any questions.
With college basketball tipping off on Nov. 5, FOX Sports revealed its lineup of broadcasters who will be calling games and providing studio analysis for the 2019-20 season, anchored by Gus Johnson returning as the network’s lead play-by-play announcer with analyst Bill Raftery and Jim Jackson serving as FOX Sports’ lead game broadcasters. In studio, hosts Rob Stone, Mike Hill and Kevin Burkhardt work alongside a rotation of analysts, highlighted by Steve Lavin, Casey Jacobsen, Donny Marshall and Jackson. In addition, Former NCAA head coach Tim Miles joins FOX Sports as a game analyst this season. Lavin, Marshall, Jacobsen, Nick Bahe and Len Elmore also call games on FOX, FS1 and FS2 this season, while Burkhardt, Tim Brando, Joe Davis, Brian Custer, Aaron Goldsmith, Brian Anderson, Kevin Kugler and Brandon Gaudin serve as play-by-play announcers.
Number are in for Sunday’s National Women’s Soccer League Championship, which saw the North Carolina Courage take the title, and was seen by an average audience of 166,000 viewers on ESPN, ranking as the most-watched NWSL match in three years. The audience was up 43% over the 2018 Final and the ranked as NWSL’s best audience since the 2016 Final. Overall, the playoffs on ESPN2 averaged 148,000 viewers overall, up 66% from 2018.
CBS Sports hired Jonathan Jones to serve as an NFL Insider. The former Sports Illustrated writer will contribute to NFL coverage across multiple CBS platforms including CBS Sports HQ, CBSSports.com and CBS Sports Network providing year-round, in-depth reporting and analysis of all the latest news and notes surrounding the NFL.
MLB Network saw growth for its two ALDS game telecasts and live coverage before and after every Postseason game leading up to World Series Game 7. The 2019 MLB Postseason led the channel to viewership increases in Q4 in both prime time (avg. 178,000 viewers) and in total day (74,000 viewers), to mark rises of 51% and 7% over 2018, respectively.
Amazon unveiled the hosts, pundits and commentators for Prime members (excluding those in the U.S.) when Amazon Prime Video streams 20 live and exclusive Premier League football matches for the first time in December. Prime Video’s hosts for Premier League coverage in December will include Gabby Logan, Eilidh Barbour and Jim Rosenthal who will be joined by pundits that includeThierry Henry, Alan Shearer, Peter Crouch, Roberto Martinez, Lee Dixon, Harry Redknapp, Jermaine Jenas, Alex Scott, Peter Schmeichel and Michael Owen. Commentary across all 20 live and exclusive matches will be delivered by: Clive Tyldesley, Jon Champion, Connor McNamara, Guy Mowbray and Ian Darke alongside Andy Townsend, Ally McCoist, Glenn Hoddle, Sue Smith and Kevin Kilbane. Prime members will also be able to tune in to an exclusive goals show hosted by Steve Bower alongside Dion Dublin, Robbie Savage, Tim Sherwood, Joe Cole and Dermot Gallagher, that will bring Prime members footage from all of the best Premier League action as it happens across the UK.
The Hula Bowl is back and the event and CBS Sports Network inked an exclusive television partnership to carry the college football event. After a 12-year hiatus, the game returns to aloha stadium on Jan, 26, starting with a pregame show at 10p and kickoff at 10:30p, featuring some of college’s top Senior football players in an all-star game.
ESPN studio shows saw audience upticks in October in to continue monthly streaks, driven by Get Up, First Take, Pardon the Interruption and select editions of SportsCenter while Sunday NFL Countdown and NFL Monday Night Countdown were also up for the month. The period was particularly strong for the 11p SportsCenter which saw viewership rise 70%. Sunday NFL Countdown was up 20% and NFL Monday Night Countdown was up 9%.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski locked in a multi-year extension to continue hosting his exclusive show, Basketball and Beyond with Coach K, on SiriusXM. His new season on the platform debuted yesterday at 6p. Throughout the college basketball season, a new edition of Basketball and Beyond will air every Thursday at 6p on both the ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM and SiriusXM ACC Radio channels
RIP to Barry Frank, a sports media pillar who negotiated Olympic TV deals and represented talent that included John Madden, Bob Costas and Jim Nantz. He died at the age of 87. “Barry was a visionary with guts and incredible instincts, seeing what no one else saw and bringing new deals and formats to life with drama, excitement and style. His extraordinary talents made IMG what it is today, and his fighting spirit was with him until the end. We will all miss him dearly,” Endeavor president Mark Shapiro said in a statement, per the AP. Frank was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2009 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports last year at the Sports Emmy Awards.