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Greg Olsen: Kevin Burkhardt is ‘Well-Deserving’ of FOX Promotion

“While FOX found its replacement for Buck, who was with Fox for over 20 years, the network still has yet to announce Burkhardt’s partner.”

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Former NFL player and current FOX Sports color commentator Greg Olsen sat down for an interview with The Big Lead on Thursday. He discussed a number of topics including how his first year in the booth went and why he decided to go into broadcasting after his playing days were over.

The All-Pro tight end mentioned his partner Kevin Burkhardt, saying the veteran broadcaster helped him out a lot during his rookie season as a broadcaster and how pumped he was when he heard the news that Burkhardt would be replacing Joe Buck as Fox’s number 1 play-by-play guy for their marquee NFL games.

“I called him and said, ‘Man, I’m so pumped for you,'” Olsen told The Big Lead. “He’s worked his whole adult life, scratched and clawed his way up. When I first met him he was calling high school football games for an AM radio station in North Jersey, fresh out of college. That’s when I first met him in the early 2000’s and now he’s calling a Super Bowl this year.”

Olsen continued, saying his former partner is more than deserving of the opportunity.

“It’s just something I can’t even process right now, but everybody that knows him couldn’t be happier for him and couldn’t think he’s more well-deserving.”

While FOX found its replacement for Buck, who was with Fox for over 20 years, the network still has yet to announce Burkhardt’s partner. Some of the names that have been tossed around include Michael Strahan, Sean Payton and Drew Brees. Richard Deitsch believes Greg Olsen is the lead candidate for the job.

“As one well-connected Fox Sports staffer told me this week, top management looked at their NFL analyst roster last year as Aikman and Olsen in the top tier, and then others in tiers below. But that’s not a guarantee Olsen gets moved up,” Deitsch wrote last month for The Athletic.

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ABC Scores Most Watched NBA Saturday Primetime Game In 4 Years

“The game drew 3.7 million viewers.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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