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ESPN Cancels SportsNation, Moves High Noon to 4pm

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ESPN is revamping its afternoon lineup on September 11. It directly effects 3 shows.

First, SportsNation will come to an end on August 24. The show, which has been on the air since 2009. When the show debuted it was hosted by Colin Cowherd and Michelle Beadle. The show’s most recent change happened in July when Marcellus Wiley left ESPN for a new role at FS1.

Current hosts Cari Champion and LZ Granderson will be retained by ESPN. Grandson will continue to host his radio show for ESPN 710 in LA. Champion will return to SportsCenter.

Despite the decision to cancel SportsNation, Norby Williamson, ESPN’s Executive Vice President of Production and Executive Editor, had nothing but kind words to say about the cast and crew that has worked on the show during its ten-year run.

SportsNation has been a staple of our afternoon lineup for years and while we felt it was time for a change, the collection of talented, creative people and content associated with that show has been extremely impressive and groundbreaking in many ways.

SportsCenter Coast to Coast will return to the ESPN lineup at noon. Champion will remain in Los Angeles. She will be joined by David Lloyd, who will broadcast from ESPN headquarters in Bristol. On Mondays during the football season, SportsCenter will expand to 90 minutes and give way to more NFL talk, as an hour-long edition of NFL Primetime will join the lineup.

Filling SportsNation‘s spot in the afternoon lineup will be High Noon featuring Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre. The show will be trimmed from its current hour-long format to a half-hour. Despite the time change, there is no plan to change the show’s name.

The new lineups are as follows

The ESPN weekday schedule (as of September 11):

Time (ET) Show
Noon-1 p.m. SportsCenter: Coast to Coast
1-1:30 p.m. Outside the Lines
1:30-3 p.m. NFL Live
3-4 p.m. The Jump
4-4:30 p.m. HIGH NOON
4:30-5 p.m. Highly Questionable
5-5:30 p.m. Around the Horn
5:30-6 p.m. PTI
6-7 p.m. SportsCenter

During football season only, the typical Monday ESPN schedule will be:

Time (ET) Show
Noon-1:30 p.m. SportsCenter
1:30-2:30 p.m. NFL Primetime
2:30-4 p.m. NFL Live
4-4:30 p.m. HIGH NOON
4:30-5 p.m. Highly Questionable
5-5:30 p.m. Around the Horn
5:30-6 p.m. PTI
6-8 p.m. Monday Night Countdown

 

 

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NFL Ratings on CBS Off to Best Start Since 2010

That number buoys the network to an average of 18.559 million viewers over the first four games of the season.

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The NFL of CBS is behemoth to start the 2022 season. This past weekend saw the more massive ratings for the network.

Sunday’s national game window, which was led the Patriots-Packers overtime game, averaged 24.647 million viewers which was the most-watched Week 4 window on CBS since 1998, when the NFL returned to CBS. It’s also a ratings increase of 8% from last season.

That number buoys the network to an average of 18.559 million viewers over the first four games of the season, CBS‘ best start to a season since 2010.

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ESPN Asked NHL For More Games on Linear TV

“It’s something that ESPN pushed for. But to the extent that ESPN was looking to make an adjustment for Year 2, we’re pleased to have the ongoing exposure.”

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The 2021-2022 NHL season was the first of a new media rights deal that saw the league’s games air nationally on ESPN and TNT.

The 2022-2023 season will see more games on linear television, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says that’s from ESPN’s insistence.

When asked by Sports Business Journal‘s Alex Silverman about a noticeably larger linear television schedule for the upcoming season, Bettman said “We’re happy to have it, but it’s something that ESPN pushed for. But to the extent that ESPN was looking to make an adjustment for Year 2, we’re pleased to have the ongoing exposure. Although, last year and the way things were balanced was a terrific year for us. Ratings were up, viewership was up, connectivity on all platforms for our fans was up. And ESPN and Turner have done an incredible job, and we’re grateful to be with them.”

Last season, ESPN and ABC only aired 28 games on linear television, 18 airing on ESPN or ESPN2 and 10 on ABC. 75 regular season games were exclusive to ESPN+ and Hulu.

This year, 52 games will air between the two networks with 37 games on ESPN or ESPN2 and 15 games on ABC. The Walt Disney Company has exclusive rights to 103 NHL broadcasts during the 2022-2023 season, including the opening night double header, the All-Star Skills Competition and All-Star Game, and the NHL Stadium Series.

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FOX Ends MLB Regular Season Coverage With Highest Audience of Season

FOX reeled in 2,657,000 viewers for its two game slate (Rays-Astros or Mets-Braves).

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FOX’s regular season coverage of MLB ended so strongly that it featured the best Saturday night baseball telecast on the network all season.

FOX reeled in 2,657,000 viewers for its two game slate (Rays-Astros or Mets-Braves). The Mets-Braves series was a battle of two teams trying to win the National League East division.

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