While Robert Griffin III has started a new career calling college football games as an analyst for ESPN, that has not stopped him from trying to continue his career as a quarterback in the NFL.
The seven-year veteran was a guest this week on The Adam Schefter Podcast. The two of them did go back to 2013 and they cleared the air on things Schefter reported back then that Griffin wasn’t a fan of. Here is a clip from the episode where Schefter asks if RGIII would want to return to Washington if the opportunity was there.
Even though Griffin is having fun calling games, that has not stopped him from continuing to prepare for a possible return to the NFL.
“I still want to play…I’m working out 11-12 at night, 1 o’clock in the morning after calling games during the day because really if it means something to you, you find the time to get the work in. Honestly, calling the games is fun because it’s something I never thought I’d get into,” said Griffin.
During Week 2 of the college football season, Robert Griffin III was on the call with Mark Jones and Quint Kessenich and producer Kim Belton for Houston and Texas Tech. He admitted that while the ability to talk football comes naturally, it isn’t exactly easy for him.
“My second game, I was calling Houston-Texas Tech. I’m sitting there and I text my wife and I said, man, I miss football so much to the point where you get a little emotional and it was during a break. My crew (Mark Jones, Quint Kessenich, Kim Belton), they are awesome. None of them know because I didn’t say anything. I started to tear up a little bit…It makes you miss the game. For me, it is a little bit different because I know I’m not retired yet. I miss the game because I know I can still play and I want to still play.”
Robert Griffin III mentioned that ESPN does understand he still wants to play and when he auditioned for ESPN and FOX, he did not expect much to come from it other than trying something else to give him more opportunities while he is not playing football. However, after the audition, he realized he had a chance to be good at this.
“It wasn’t what I was expecting, but I’ve definitely loved the experience and those guys have been phenomenal. I try to go around and give them all a fist bump before and after the games because the better we are at vibing together, the better it all comes.”
ABC Scores Most Watched NBA Saturday Primetime Game In 4 Years
“The game drew 3.7 million viewers.”
The Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night. While the game’s controversial finish left LeBron James and Patrick Beverly upset, executives at the Walt Disney Company had nothing but smiles thanks to the performance of ABC.
The game drew 3.7 million viewers. That means the Celtics’ win is the most-watched game in the ABC Saturday night prime-time window in the last four years. A February 2019 game between the Lakers and Golden State Warriors drew 4.1 million.
Boston also delivered the highest-rated game of the NBA season so far outside of the league’s stacked Christmas Day slate.
NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC is experiencing a nice uptick in viewership this season. Through the weekend, the Saturday night games are averaging over 3.4 million viewers according to an ESPN press release.
That number represents a 16% jump from last season. The edition of NBA Countdown that airs before the Saturday night game is having a good season as well. It’s average audience is up 3% to just under 1.5 million.
NHL Ratings on ESPN, TNT Down in 2nd Year
So far this season, games on ESPN and TNT are averaging 373,000 viewers, which is down from 478,000 last season.
Viewership totals from ESPN and TNT show NHL ratings have declined heading into the All-Star break, but there are some extenuating circumstances for the nearly 22% drop.
So far this season, games on ESPN and TNT are averaging 373,000 viewers, which is down from 478,000 last season. However, both channels have increased their linear television schedule, doubling from 27 games to 54.
ESPN has aired 18 games with an average of 402,000 viewers. In the same time period last year, the worldwide leader had only aired seven contests, but garnered 622,000 per game. None of ESPN’s games last season had aired on weekends, while the network has broadcast six games on Sunday this year alone. The 12 games ESPN has aired that weren’t on Sunday have averaged 491,000 viewers.
The 2023 NHL All-Star Game will air on ABC Saturday, and the network is hoping for a lift from last season. In 2022, ratings fell 38% from the previous All-Star Game on NBC, and hit the lowest total since 2009. The NHL Skills challenge saw its largest audience in a decade after airing on ESPN in primetime on a Friday evening. Nearly 1.1 million watched the skills challenge, a 30% increase compared to 2020.
At this time last season, TNT had aired 20 games. Through 36 games this season, the network has seen an average of 359,000 viewers. The network is helped by the 2023 Winter Classic, which took place at Fenway Park on Monday, January 2nd. The afternoon contest saw an audience of 1.78 million, up 31% compared to the previous year.
AFC Championship Game Delivers New Viewership High For CBS
53.1 million viewers tuned in to see the Chiefs victory over the Bengals, making it the most-watched television program since Super Bowl LVI.
The AFC Championship Game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals drew a massive audience for CBS.
53.1 million viewers tuned in to see the Chiefs’ controversial victory over the Bengals, making it the most-watched television program since Super Bowl LVI. Additionally, the event is the most-watched NFL Conference Championship Game since 2017.
CBS claims the game peaked with 59.3 million viewers and was also the most-streamed live sporting event in the history of Paramount+.
With an audience of 53.1 million, CBS concludes its NFL playoff coverage averaging 40.798 million viewers for each game. That leads all networks thus far. The 2022 NFL season was the most-watched regular season on CBS in the past seven seasons.