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CBS, FOX, NBC, See NFL Audience Growth In 2021 Season

“The most-watched contest was Tom Brady’s return to New England in October, when 27.2 million tuned in.”

Jordan Bondurant

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ESPN last week revealed the ratings increases seen in its 2021 Monday Night Football presentations, and on Tuesday, NBC, Fox and CBS all reported similar jumps in viewership for this season.

Sunday Night Football on NBC, which will broadcast Super Bowl LVI next month, averaged 19.3 million viewers in total audience delivery for the regular season. The network says that average is up 11% from last year, and the marquee broadcast is on pace to finish as the number one primetime TV show in all key metrics for the 11th consecutive year.

The most-watched contest was Tom Brady’s return to New England in October, when 27.2 million tuned in. The season opener featuring Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl celebration and the Bucs’ game against the Dallas Cowboys came in at 25.2 million.

Fox averaged just over 18.5 million in viewership this season, a mark the network says outperformed the last four years.

Its marquee game window, dubbed America’s Game of the Week, averaged 23.141 million viewers. Fox says the broadcast, led by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, is projected to finish as the most-watched program in all of TV for the 13th straight year.

Meanwhile, CBS celebrated 2021 being its most-watched regular season in six years, averaging 18.034 million viewers. That number turned out to be a 9% increase over last year.

The network’s marquee game presentation, featuring Jim Nantz and Tony Romo, averaged an audience of 21.588 million. That was highlighted by the huge rating generated by the Cowboys/Raiders game on Thanksgiving Day.

The Thanksgiving game averaged 40.802 million viewers and was the most-watched regular season game on any network in 31 years. Only two other telecasts in calendar year 2021 did better: Super Bowl LV (92.509 million) and the AFC Championship (42.336 million).

Overall, the NFL this season continued to prove that the league is a ratings juggernaut.

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Fox Officially Unveils NFL Broadcast Teams

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In what has been considered a formality for some time, Fox today officially unveiled Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi as their number one NFL broadcast team Monday. Burkhardt and Olsen were elevated to Fox’s top booth after the departure of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN’s Monday Night Football earlier this year.

There were some reports that Drew Brees could have been a possibility to join the network, but those discussions fell apart.

The network’s other teams include several familiar faces to football fans:

#2 team: Joe Davis, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Pam Oliver
#3 team: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
#4 team: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
#5 team: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
#6 team: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

Olsen’s jump to the number one team with Burkhardt is a formality until the retirement of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl winner will ascend to Fox’s number one booth upon his retirement, whenever that may be.

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Ryan Clark, Mad Dog Get Into Heated Argument on ‘First Take’

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

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Former Pittsburgh Steeler, and current ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark and recent Radio Hall of Fame inductee Chris “Mad Dog” Russo squared off on Monday’s edition of First Take, with a heated exchange taking place between the two.

After a discussion about Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas meandered into a discussion about whether Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp would be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he never played another game, Clark said about Hall of Fame voters “they must be voting like you (Russo) vote for the Heisman, where you just vote on whoever the hell you want based off the fact that they play quarterback”.

Russo quickly took exception to the perceived slight.

“Ryan, hold on now,” Russo said, in a louder manner than normal. “You said something, now I’m going to comment. I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born.”

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

“You said something that wasn’t right,” Russo said.

“Lower your voice,” the former Steeler interrupted again.

“I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born,” Mad Dog reiterated, with a lower volume. “30 years.”

“I don’t care about that,” Clark rebutted.

“You’re saying I’m voting for the Heisman and saying I don’t deserve a vote. I’ve been voting for 30 years!”, Russo began to raise his voice again.

“I never said you don’t deserve a vote,” Clark replied before clarifying he disagrees with Russo’s sentiment about the college football award being only awarded to quarterbacks.

It’s not the first time Russo has clashed with First Take contributors. A discussion with J.J. Reddick went viral earlier this year after Reddick told Russo previous NBA players played with “plumbers and firefighters”.

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Todd Frazier Joining ESPN Little League World Series Booth

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

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When people talk about 11-year MLB veteran Todd Frazier, some of the things that are usually mentioned on broadcasts usually is that he is from Toms River, New Jersey and that he played in the Little League World Series in 1998 (won the championship). Now, Frazier will have a bigger connection to the annual event in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

As first reported by Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati EnquirerFrazier will be in the TV booth (remotely) for ESPN for this year’s Little League World Series. He made his broadcast debut on Monday morning during one of the New England region semifinals between Maine and Massachusetts. 

Frazier told Nightengale that he wants to use this event to begin his second career in the broadcasting industry.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, especially for the Little League World Series since I’ve been a part of it. I know it and understand it really well. Kind of kickstart my second career here.” 

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

The Little League World Series begins on Wednesday, August 17 and ends on Sunday, August 28. It will be broadcasted on ESPN and ABC.  

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