SBD/Issue 56/Sports Media

Media Notes

ESPN "MNF" Ratings Now Down 2.2%
From Same Point In '09

ESPN earned a 7.0 U.S. rating and 11.2 million viewers for its 49ers-Cardinals "MNF" telecast, down 45.7% and 47.7%, respectively, from a 12.9 rating and 21.4 million viewers for Patriots-Saints in Week 12 last year. The telecast led ESPN to a No. 1 ranking for the night among viewers, as well as in all key male and adult demos. Through 12 weeks, ESPN is averaging an 8.9 U.S. rating and 14.2 million viewers, down 2.2% and 2.4%, respectively, from a 9.1 rating and 14.6 million viewers at the same point last year. Meanwhile, NBC earned an 11.4 final Nielsen rating and 19.1 million viewers for its Chargers-Colts "SNF" telecast from 8:31-11:33pm ET, down slightly in both metrics compared to Steelers-Ravens in Week 12 last year. Through 12 weeks, NBC is averaging a 12.8 rating and 21.326 million viewers for its NFL game telecasts, up 8.5% and 9.2%, respectively, from an 11.8 rating and 19.521 million viewers through the same point last season (THE DAILY).

RADIO FLYER: Sirius XM Radio and the NFL announced a five-year extension of their satellite broadcasting and marketing agreement through the Super Bowl in '16. Sirius XM will continue to air every NFL preseason, regular season and playoff game, in addition to NFL Radio. Starting in '11, the satellite radio provider also will broadcast NFL play-by-play online for subscribers. Sirius XM retains rights to the league's shield logo and team marks (Sirius XM Radio).

TRYING TO MOVE A MOUNTAIN: In Utah, Scott Pierce writes The Mtn.'s coverage of Saturday's BYU-Utah football game was "sort of a sad metaphor for the past five years," as the net "tried hard, but the telecast was greatly flawed." As the game got interesting "at the end, a piece of equipment overheated and the clock graphic died." Meanwhile, listening to announcers James Bates and Todd Christensen "was almost unbearable." It was "intolerable when Bates had multiple replays and still couldn't describe the action accurately" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 12/1).

JOLLY GREEN JOURNEY: ESPN last week announced that the Celtics "will be featured in a five-part series 'chronicling their season-long journey' with behind-the-scenes footage." The premiere episode of the series, entitled "The Association: Boston Celtics," will air Friday before ESPN's telecast of the Bulls-Celtics game. The series is a "collaboration by ESPN Films and NBA Entertainment" on which ESPN.com's Bill Simmons is a creative consultant. Simmons said of the series, "The problem with ESPN scheduling is that we have so many games on that you don't want stuff to get lost. Having it on Friday nights (before ESPN's NBA pregame show) should help it gain momentum" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/26).

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