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St. Louis Blues TV Ratings Drop 25%

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It seems as if Blues fans, at least in terms of television ownership, are tired of the team’s big story. You know, big expectations, big hype, big regular season — then a big bust in the playoffs.

According to Nielsen, which measures TV viewership, Blues ratings on local carrier Fox Sports Midwest are down a whopping 25 percent this season over the same stage last year. FSM has televised all but seven of their contests, with the others being shown on NBCSN.

And NBCSN’s ratings in St. Louis for its Blues games have followed the local lead, as Nielsen says they’ve dropped just under 25 percent.

Losing a quarter of the audience is a massive decline, something that if it happened for a network program or local TV newscasts would lead to major upheaval. But in the Blues’ case it’s not the quality of the telecasts or those on the air that is the problem. And it’s not the product that is being shown, either. The Blues are among the best in the West — again. But it’s the track record of the team, with three consecutive first-round playoff exits following much regular-season success, that could be a key factor.

Fans, at least from a TV viewership standpoint, seem to be saying what the NHL’s critics blare — the regular season is too long, with not enough meaning in the grand picture. Add the fact the team doesn’t score much and it’s that recipe that probably has created the big dip.

An eventual fall in viewership for the Blues seemed inevitable, given the recent run of success. FSM had experienced a rating increase for six consecutive years, culminating with Nielsen saying an average of 4.9 percent of homes in the market with a TV turned in last season. FSM’s figure heading into Thursday’s contest, for which the rating is not yet available, was 3.5.

Despite the drop, FSM reports that the Blues are drawing the fourth-best ratings among U.S.-based NHL teams for their local telecasts, are the top-rated cable program in St. Louis most of the time and that ratings are up for the last month. Also pointed out is that their contest Sunday, at Tampa, outrated the NBA All-Star Game later that night by 36 percent.

To read more visit STL Today where this article was originally published

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‘NFL Total Access’ Comes to an End After 21 Years on NFL Network

“Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ has been a part of the NFL Network since 2003 and today it is set for its final episode. The news of the show coming to an end came down earlier this month. Many of the current show participants took to social media to post their thoughts including hosts Mike Yam and Kimmi Chex along with analyst Chase Daniel.

“Tonight marks the last ever episode of NFL Total Access,” said Chex. “I was 7 years old when this show aired meaning that I spent my life watching. Co-hosting our flagship program this past season has been the honor of my career. I’m not going anywhere but for now, it’s goodbye TA.”

Yam said, “It’s been an absolute thrill hosting NFL Total Access. Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network. “Thank you” isn’t nearly enough to express the gratitude I have for the team. See you at 7est for 1 more run.”

A report from The Athletic said the show would be replaced “at least in the interim” by Insiders with Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero.

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NBCUniversal Names Olympic Hosts for USA, CNBC and E!; Kathryn Tappen Headlines

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games.”

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NBCUniversal announced its hosts for coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 on USA Network, CNBC and E! Cara Banks, Laura Britt and Trenni Casey will all be a part of the coverage on CNBC and E! Lindsay Czarniak, Carolyn Manno and Kathryn Tappen will all take part in the USA Network coverage.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympics is Friday, July 26 on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo.

Coverage on USA Network, CNBC, and E! is expected to include Team USA men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball, as well as swimming, gymnastics, and track & field, and more.

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games,” said Rebecca Chatman, Vice President and Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics Production in a release.

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Mike Tirico, Danica Patrick Return to Host Indy 500 for NBC Sports

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

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With less than two weeks until the event, NBC Sports has officially announced its team of race and studio commentators for the 108th Running of the Indianapolis 500. For the sixth year in a row, we can expect to see familiar faces such as host Mike Tirico and studio analyst Danica Patrick contributing to pre-race, in-race, and post-race coverage.

The race will air at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 26, on both NBC and Peacock.

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe will call the race for the sixth consecutive year. Marty Snider, Dillon Welch, Dave Burns, and Kevin Lee will serve as pit reporters. Former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton and Kim Coon will serve as roaming reporters.

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