The 2019 U.S. Open tennis championships ended on a high note on court and for U.S. rights-holder, ESPN. Rafael Nadal earned his fourth Open title and 19th major of his career by outlasting Daniil Medvedev in a five-set match that lasted nearly five hours. ESPN netted a 2.0 overnight during its five-hour, 15-minute telecast, with ratings peaking at a 3.1 mark in the 9p quarter hour, during the final moments of the epic clash. The Nadal-Medevdev overnight was up 33% from a 1.5 for Novak Djokovic’s three-set triumph over Juan Martin del Potro last year and marked ESPN’s best performance with the men’s final since its inaugural year of coverage: a 2.4 overnight for Djokovic over Roger Federer in four sets in 2015. All told, the worldwide leader averaged a 1.1 overnight across ESPN and ESPN 2 with its 2019 Open coverage, a 38% jump from last year, with the delivery equaling its top performance in 2015.
Songland was renewed by NBC. The songwriting competition is averaging a 1.1 rating among A18-49 and 5.1 million total viewers in Live+7 Nielsens so far this season, and has produced six songs that hit a #1 ranking on the iTunes music chart.
Animal Planet debuted Give a Dog a Home Live! on Tuesday with Puppy Bowl’s Dan Schachner serving as host. The show has been billed as cable’s first live weekly animal adoption series and will air live at 12p on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each day, audiences will visit shelters and centers around the U.S. to meet […]
ESPN kicked off its 2019 NFL game coverage with a Monday Night Football doubleheader that produced dynamic results and a large audience, while also serving as a forum for a warning about a potential carriage dispute between parent Walt Disney Co. and AT&T’s distribution vehicles. On the field, New Orleans Saints kicker Will Lutz capped […]
Fred McLeod, the long-time Cleveland Cavaliers announcer died Monday night of a heart attack. A Cleveland-area native, McLeod, 67, was about to enter his 14th consecutive year with FOX Sports Ohio, as the NBA team’s play-by-play man. He had also called Cavs’ games during the 1979-80 season. He is survived by his wife, Beth, a […]
HBO renewed comedy The Righteous Gemstones for a second season. The series, which debuted on August 18, stars Danny McBride, Jody Hill and David Gordon Green and centers on a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work.