The hammer fell for the New England Patriots and Tom Brady following the NFL’s investigation into the use of under-inflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game. As a result of the infractions, the Patriots are being fined $1 million and will forfeit the club’s first-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft and the club’s fourth-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. Meanwhile, quarterback Tom Brady will be suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL, although he has announced he will appeal. From a media perspective, that means that NBC’s NFL Kickoff on Sept. 10 against the Steelers will be without the Super Bowl MVP when the season opens, but NBC will also be the first network (because of the bye) to host him on Week 6 on Sunday Night Football against the Colts. CBS will carry the team’s other three games during the suspension against Buffalo, Jacksonville and Dallas.
The groundbreaking royal wedding on Saturday included romance, a gospel choir, celebrities, adorable kids, dazzling couture, and an impassioned speech from an American bishop that all made for must-see TV. And almost 30 million U.S. viewers saw it live over 15 networks, despite the early hour, up from the 23 million who watched the televised […]
USA cancelled Falling Water after two seasons. The supernatural drama averaged a soft 461,000 viewers in its first season, but was renewed thanks to a deal with Amazon. There was no saving the show after it dropped to 349,000 during its sophomore run, with 90,000 among A18-49.
Friday will see history made for AXS TV, which will celebrate the 400th event for AXS TV Fights, with Legacy Fighting Alliance 40 broadcast live from The Bomb Factory in Dallas. Through 14 years, the division has showcased over 2,500 fights in 16 countries, with named that have included Fedor Emelianenko, Daniel Cormier, Cris Cyborg, […]
With Justify laying claim to the second jewel of the Triple Crown, NBC saw Saturday’s telecast of the Preakness Stakes notch a 5.5/12 in Nielsen overnight numbers, up 12% over last year’s equivalent. Top markets included Louisville with a 15.2/30, followed by Baltimore, Tampa, DC and Ft. Myers. Afterward, the Lightning’s win over the Caps […]
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