The Browns’ nightmare of a season, in addition to the usual round of firings, resulted in fewer people buying tickets, more no-shows from those who purchased seats and a sizable hit to the local television ratings for the team’s broadcasts.
According to an industry source, the average rating in the Cleveland designated market for the Browns’ 16 regular-season games dropped 11.7% in 2015. Also telling is the ratings drop was most significant for the younger demographic — adults 18-49.
For all adults 18-49, the average rating for Browns broadcasts on WOIO, WJW and WKYC slipped 10.1%. For men 18-49, the drop was 8.4%.
Before we dive into more numbers, a quick caveat: The ratings are still monstrous — a 30.2 average. By comparison, a typical regular-season Cavs broadcast on Fox Sports Ohio generates a 9.3 rating this season. (The ratings norm for the Cavs’ six NBA Finals broadcasts on WEWS last year was 43.7.)
A few more Browns 2015 ratings tidbits:
• The ratings average for 2014, when the Browns were 7-9, was 34.2.
• In the 18-49 demo, the rating dropped from 20.7 in 2014 to 18.6 this season. For men 18-49, the ratings norm decreased from 27.4 to 25.1.
• Ratings in the older demographic — a group that has more vivid memories of good Browns teams — were also down, but the margin wasn’t nearly as steep. The average rating for adults in the 25-54 demo was 23, down 3.8% from a 23.9 norm in 2014. For men 25-54, the average rating slipped only 2%, from 30.6 to 30.
• The most impressive Browns rating numbers: The games that were broadcast on WOIO actually drew more eyeballs in the 25-54 demo. The average WOIO rating for all adults 25-54 increased from 23.2 to 23.9. For men 25-54, the WOIO ratings norm jumped from 29.7 in 2014 to 31.1 in ’15.
Attendance at FirstEnergy Stadium was down 1.8% in 2015. The average crowd of 66,186 was a drop of 1,239 per game from 2014.
The two-year renovation of FES, which was completed prior to the 2015 campaign, decreased capacity at the stadium to about 68,000.
Several games didn’t sell out, and a sizable number of young people chose not to watch the games on TV.
Finally, fiercely loyal Browns fans seem to be getting tired of all the losing.
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Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set
“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”
Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.
The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.
Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.
“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”
Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.
Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.
Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.
Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock
“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”
Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.
According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.
Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.
The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.
The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.
Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast
“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’
First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.
No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.
Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.
McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.
“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.”
In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.
There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.