Expectations High For NASCAR On NBC Female Audience Strong For World Cup ESPN Denies Wanting To Dial Down Olbermann IndyCar Gets Best Cable Audience In Years Xfinity Series Audience Lower On Fox Sports U.S.-Germany Sets Fox Soccer Record Media Notes Discovery Looking To Sublicense Olympic Rights Sources: FS1 Cutting Back News Operation ESPN Changes Format For MLB ASG Reveal
Published July 25, 1995
ABC's coverage of the British Open received a 5.2 overnight Nielsen rating, up 24% from a year ago. The broadcast "peaked" at a 7.7. from 2:30-2:45pm EDT, at the end of the Daly-Rocca playoff. Richard Sandomir writes that ABC got the ratings boost "despite a decidedly mixed telecast" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/25). On Long Island, Steve Zipay gives the broadcast good marks (NEWSDAY, 7/25); while in Boston, Jack Craig notes that the BBC's video feed was "clearly behind [ABC's] standard" (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/25).... Rudy Martzke and Milton Kent both lead with the debut of Suzyn Waldman last night as the first female announcer to call a nationally televised major league baseball game. The Baseball Network Coordinating Producer John Filippelli: "Look, some people in this business are living in the Stone Age" (USA TODAY, 7/25). Kent calls it "the latest step in a welcome development, the continuing, but ever so slow advancement of women in sports broadcasting" (Baltimore SUN, 7/25)....In October, NESN debuts "Front Page," a 90-minute show featuring news and features on New England sports (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/25)....MSG Network will be airing "Giants Today," the 30-minute Giants-produced football preview show that was previously shown on Fox. The show will air on Friday nights, with a special one-hour season preview on Wednesday, August 30 (MSG Network).