Ken Rosenthal has been in the news lately after the report last week from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post that MLB Network was not renewing his contract due to criticism Rosenthal had of commissioner Rob Manfred. Still, Rosenthal is with The Athletic and at FOX, a position he has had since 2005.
Recently, Rosenthal was a guest on The Boone Podcast with former MLB All-Star Bret Boone. Now, it is important to note that Rosenthal’s dismissal at MLB Network was not mentioned on the podcast nor if this episode was recorded before or after that news. However, what Boone did ask Rosenthal about was how he ended up at FOX.
Rosenthal did mention that he used to do appearances on ESPN’s Cold Pizza (now First Take) as he started to do television to go with the writing he was doing for The Sporting News. Then, he had offers from ESPN and FOX, but he said he ultimately went with FOX because of what the role there could be.
“It wasn’t guaranteed that I would be able to do the job that I ultimately have done, which is dugout reporter and work an All-Star Game and a World Series and all of that. It was a bit of a risk because ESPN was obviously a safer bet and the role would have been clearer, but I was a little afraid honestly that they were going to have me do so much. Ultimately, I ended up working at that pace for FOX, but I didn’t know that was going to be the case at the time. Either choice would have been great, but I must say I definitely made the right choice and it’s been one of the great thrills I can have to work this long at FOX. I’m still there and loving it.”
Back in 2016, Rosenthal was unable to write at FOX Sports anymore because FOX Sports, like so many other sites at the time, pivoted to a video-only outlet. While he had to start posting stories on Facebook at that point, FOX did tell him that he was allowed to go somewhere else to write and still stay with the company.
Yes, Rosenthal is more well-known for breaking stories and his columns and articles in The Athletic, but he told Boone that a lot of players recognize him mainly for his work in the dugout for FOX. It is a position that Rosenthal says helped him in forming a good bond with the players.
“You are in a clubhouse, you see someone on TV, it makes you know him or her more than just some random byline in the paper unless it’s the beat writer covering your team. It is an elevated status and certainly, players and even minor leaguers when they come into the game, they know who I am just from television. They become more familiar with you. I noticed that right away and it was jarring to me.”
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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.