After scoring the second most-viewed men’s soccer match in the US of all time with the US/Belgium match at the World Cup (averaging 16,491,000 viewers and 9.8 household Nielsen rating last week), ESPN followed that up with rousing Quarterfinals over the weekend. The Netherlands/Costa Rica game became the second most-watched FIFA World Cup quarterfinal match on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC. The matchup was seen by an average audience of 5,791,000 viewers based on a 3.4 fast national rating, according to Nielsen. That trails only Friday’s Brazil/Colombia game which was seen by 6,349,000 viewers based on a 3.6 fast national rating. Through 60 matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC are averaging 4,190,000 viewers based on a 2.6 US household rating per match to mark spikes of 42% and 114% over 2010 and 2006 respectively in viewers. The highest-rated markets for World Cup matches on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC: Washington DC (4.6), New York (4.3), San Francisco (4.1), Los Angeles (3.7) and San Diego (3.7), Hartford/New Haven (3.6), Orlando (3.5), Miami/Ft. Lauderdale (3.5), Richmond (3.4) and West Palm Beach (3.3).
After Deadline reported that Fox’s Lethal Weapon was in danger of cancellation due to outbursts by one of the series’ stars, Clayne Crawford, the actor admitted to being reprimanded for two incidents, once for reacting in anger amid “working conditions that did not feel safe,” and once for “an unfortunate event” involving a piece of […]
Monster Week returns to Animal Planet starting Sunday, May 27 at 8p with the 100th episode of Finding Bigfoot. The week will also bring new episodes of World’s Scariest Animal Attacks, Deadliest Places on Earth, River Monsters and Expedition Unknown.
FOX Sports marks the 50-day countdown to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia with the unveiling of its lineup of international broadcasters for this summer’s global event, which runs on FOX and FS1 from June 14 to July 15. The roster is comprised of six broadcast teams overall led by play-by-play announcer John Strong and […]
Meanwhile, the Commission on College Basketball recommended overt changes in a move to clean up the sport, including an end to the one-and-done rule, potential lifetime bans for rule-breakers as well as changes to the relationship between the NCAA and apparel companies. NCAA president Mark Emmert has said he wants reforms in place by August, […]
ESP Gaming continues to shore up its lineup, announcing at the Esports Upfront that it had acquired online esports tournament provider Auzom, best known for its competitive PUBG leagues and broadcasts across North America and Europe. As part of the deal, Auzom will become the online tournament platform for ESP Gaming’s competitive gaming events and […]