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  • Fox Kicks Off Slate Of Primetime Saturday MLB Coverage With Red Sox-Yankees

    Fox will air Red Sox-Yankees in 71% of the U.S. Saturday night

    Fox this weekend kicks off its "first of three consecutive Saturdays" of primetime MLB coverage, and will feature Red Sox-Yankees in 71% of the U.S., according to Michael Hiestand of USA TODAY. This marks the second season Fox will show baseball coverage during primetime on Saturday, and the idea, "if there's another ratings pop this year, is to possibly expand coverage to 10 Saturday nights" in '12. There are two other regional games airing on Fox alongside Red Sox-Yankees. If Fox next season "crammed lots of games -- it will have six next weekend -- into regionalized coverage, it might add studio shows and whip viewers between games." Hiestand notes since "other games can't be televised during Fox's TV window, more games in prime time might mean other games moving to daytime" (USA TODAY, 5/13). In N.Y., Bob Raissman notes MLB fans can "expect to see more Saturday evening action down the road" if Red Sox-Yankees "does well in the ratings department." Saturday night is "usually Death Valley for network broadcasts, but if you've got the right product, you're generally unopposed." A "marquee baseball matchup could win the night -- ratings-wise -- because it will face lightweight competition from the other networks." Fox could expand Saturday night coverage to "five or six weeks" next season, but a "massive tune-out" this season "might convince Fox to dump its Saturday night plan." Raissman writes, "On the weekend, the night time ain't the right time. Would it wreck the sport for fans to get day baseball on Saturday and Sunday?" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/13).

    SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: In Chicago, Paul Sullivan notes the Cubs will play their first Saturday night game at Wrigley Field in 13 years this weekend, and if "some in upper management had their way, home night games on Fridays and Saturdays would be scheduled more often." A city ordinance from '88 "prohibits the scheduling of Friday and Saturday night games except in the case of nationally televised games" such as Saturday's Giants-Cubs affair on Fox. Cubs management believes that a "couple of Friday or Saturday night games during the regular season would be beneficial to the team, and to local establishments as well." But whether the ordinance "will be changed soon is doubtful" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/13).

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  • People & Personalities: Carillo Joins Tennis Channel For French, U.S. Opens

    Carillo joining Tennis Channel for
    next two Grand Slam events
    Tennis analyst Mary Carillo has joined Tennis Channel for the French Open and the U.S. Open. Carillo will host the net's live tournament desk, conduct interviews, offer analysis and do occasional play-by-play. Carillo will also produce human interest stories and segments (Tennis Channel). MULTICHANNEL NEWS' Mike Reynolds notes the agreement with Tennis Channel "pairs her with John McEnroe ... for the first time on the dedicated network's air." McEnroe "has been a part of the network's Paris team since 2007." Carillo as part of the deal "retains her tennis analyst gigs for CBS and NBC" (MULTICHANNEL.com, 5/13). In Albany, Pete Dougherty noted Carillo previously parted ways with ESPN "in what was reported as a mutual decision." Tennis Channel is "relegated mostly to second-tier matches, where Carillo's impact won't be felt, but it's better than having her not working at all" (TIMESUNION.com, 5/12).

    EYES SET ON MARV?
    In N.Y., Bob Raissman cites sources as saying that TNT NBA analyst Marv Albert is "talking to CBS about joining the network to work both NFL football and college basketball." Albert "would be adding those gigs to his TNT play-by-play work." If Albert "does sign with CBS, he would be taking the spots vacated earlier this week by Gus Johnson, who left the network to join Fox." Raissman notes Albert is "no stranger to NFL football." He "called games for NBC" and worked "MNF" on Westwood One "for seven seasons before deciding to leave the gig after" the '09 season (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/13). Albert "declined comment" on the CBS report (N.Y. POST, 5/13).

    NO TOURNEY RETURN: Gus Johnson said there has been “no talk” with CBS about his returning to call NCAA men’s basketball tournament games following his move earlier this week to Fox. Johnson said, “I want to concentrate on my duties at Fox. I want to concentrate on being a good broadcaster for the Pac-12 and the Big Ten or whatever they have me do. If something like that manifests down the road, so be it." He added, "It's been a crazy ride the last month and especially the last couple weeks. I think I need to decompress ... so I can let go of some of the anxiety that's associated with making such a big life change” (“The Dan Patrick Show,” 5/12).

    CBSSPORTS.COM ADDS WRITERS: CBSSports.com has hired Tony Barnhart and Brett McMurphy to cover college football for the site, and Jeff Goodman to cover college basketball. The trio hold more than 70 years combined of professional experience. Barnhart formerly was with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and already has been a college football analyst for CBS Sports. He will write exclusively for CBSSports.com. McMurphy wrote for Fanhouse.com and the Tampa Tribune, while Goodman was the senior college basketball writer at rival site FoxSports.com (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal).

    WELCOME RETURN: NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy yesterday said that he "expects to return to the booth Monday after being absent since April 27 while suffering from pneumonia." In Boston, Chad Finn notes Remy "understands why some were worried" since he was "out from early May to mid August of 2009 as he battled depression and complications from lung cancer surgery." Finn: "Remy's absence was surprising because he seemed to be at his best during the season's early days. ... But the longer he was gone -- he has missed 14 games to date -- the greater the concern became" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/13).

    KING KEV: Former EPL manager Kevin Keegan has signed a multiyear deal with ESPN's U.K. channel. The deal will see Keegan serve as analyst for ESPN's EPL and FA Cup broadcasts (ESPN).

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  • Final Nielsen Ratings: TNT Keeps Up Record Audience After Two Rounds Of NBA Playoffs

    TNT is averaging a 3.0 U.S. rating and 4.8 million viewers through the first two rounds of the NBA Playoffs, which has the net on pace for the highest-rated and most-viewed NBA postseason in cable TV history. The net's figures through 35 games to date are up 25% and 33%, respectively, from a 2.4 rating and 3.6 million viewers at the same point last year (33 telecasts). TNT topped all networks, broadcast and cable, among males 18-34 during its six nights of primetime games in the Conference Semifinals. The net had six Conference Semifinal games among the top 10 most-viewed cable TV telecasts last week. Meanwhile, NBA.com as of Thursday had seen 149 million videos streamed during the Conference Semifinals, up 149% from last year's second round. The site also had seen 417 million page views and 9.0 million average daily unique visitors during the round, up 50% and 92%, respectively. NBA GameTime App downloads are up 126% in the second round over last season (Austin Karp, THE DAILY). The DAILY OKLAHOMAN's Mel Bracht reports TNT averaged a 24.0 local rating in the Oklahoma City market for Wednesday's Grizzles-Thunder Western Conference Semifinals Game Five, a local record for a Thunder game. The previous record was a combined 21.4 rating for ESPN's and FS Oklahoma's coverage of last year's Lakers-Thunder Western Conference First Round Game Six. The 24.0 rating also was "better than five University of Oklahoma football telecasts this past season." Bracht notes despite the Thunder's blowout win Wednesday, Grizzlies-Thunder "fared well nationally" with a 3.4 overnight rating and 5.4 million viewers (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 5/13)

    The charts below lists final Nielsen ratings from recent sports telecasts on broadcast and cable TV. All ratings listed are U.S. ratings.

    TELECAST
    DATE
    NET
    TIME (ET)
    RAT.
    VIEWERS (000)
    Kentucky Derby (race segment)
    5/7
    NBC
    6:06-6:54pm
    8.5
    14,539
    Kentucky Derby (overall)
    5/7
    NBC
    5:00-6:54pm
    7.4
    11,200
    NBA Western Conference Semifinal:
    Mavericks-Lakers: Game Four
    5/8
    ABC
    3:23-6:09pm
    5.3
    8,886
    NBA Eastern Conference Semifinal:
    Heat-Celtics: Game Three
    5/7
    ABC
    8:14-11:00pm
    4.9
    8,202
    NASCAR Sprint Cup:
    Showtime Southern 500 (Darlington)
    5/7
    Fox
    8:00-11:54pm
    4.1
    6,978
    "NBA Countdown"
    5/7
    ABC
    8:00-8:14pm
    2.3
    n/a
    PGA Tour: Wells Fargo Championship:
    Final Round
    5/8
    CBS
    3:00-6:37pm
    1.8
    2,624
    "NBA Countdown"
    5/8
    ABC
    3:00-3:23pm
    1.5
    n/a
    MLB: (regional)
    5/7
    Fox
    1:08-4:12pm
    1.4
    2,136
    PGA Tour: Wells Fargo Championship:
    Third Round
    5/7
    CBS
    3:00-6:00pm
    1.2
    1,582
    National Heads-Up
    Poker Championship (taped)
    5/8
    NBC
    12:00-2:00pm
    0.7
    924
    "ESPN Sports Saturday"
    5/7
    ABC
    4:00-6:00pm
    0.6
    n/a
    Lucas Oil Off Road Pro2 & Pro4
    5/8
    CBS
    1:00-2:00pm
    0.5
    679
    World of Adventure Sports (taped)
    5/8
    NBC
    2:00-3:00pm
    0.5
    677
    Monster Energy AMA Supercross:
    Year In Review (taped)
    5/8
    CBS
    2:00-3:00pm
    0.5
    n/a
    Fight Camp 360: Pacquaio vs. Mosley:
    Episode 4
    5/7
    CBS
    2:00-3:00pm
    0.3
    n/a
    TELECAST
    DATE
    NET
    TIME (ET)
    RAT.
    VIEWERS (000)
    NBA Western Conference Semifinal:
    Mavericks-Lakers: Game Three
    5/6
    ESPN
    9:33pm-12:16am
    4.7
    7,658
    NBA Western Conference Semifinal:
    Mavericks-Lakers: Game Two
    5/4
    TNT
    10:45pm-1:16am
    4.5
    7,036
    NBA Western Conference Semifinal:
    Mavericks-Lakers: Game One
    5/2
    TNT
    10:51pm-1:23am
    4.0
    6,429
    NBA Eastern Conference Semifinal:
    Bulls-Hawks: Game Four
    5/8
    TNT
    8:08-10:51pm
    3.8
    6,260
    NBA Eastern Conference Semifinal:
    Heat-Celtics: Game Two
    5/3
    TNT
    7:00-9:44pm
    3.7
    6,006
    NBA Eastern Conference Semifinal:
    Hawks-Bulls: Game One
    5/2
    TNT
    8:00-10:51pm
    3.4
    5,588
    NBA Eastern Conference Semifinal:
    Hawks-Bulls: Game Two
    5/4
    TNT
    8:00-10:45pm
    3.3
    5,211
    NBA Western Conference Semifinal:
    Grizzlies-Thunder: Game Two
    5/3
    TNT
    9:44pm-12:32am
    3.2
    4,867
    NBA Western Conference Semifinal:
    Thunder-Grizzlies: Game Three
    5/7
    ESPN
    5:00-8:08pm
    2.4
    3,677
    NBA Eastern Conference Semifinal:
    Bulls-Hawks: Game Three
    5/6
    ESPN
    6:58-9:33pm
    2.3
    3,610
     
     
    MAVERICK APPROACH: In Dallas, Barry Horn reported WFAA-ABC earned a 16.9 local rating and 431,000 HHs in the Dallas/Ft. Worth market for last Sunday's series-clinching Lakers-Mavericks Western Conference Semifinals Game Four. The series "peaked at 15.1 for Game 2 and dropped to 11.1 for Sunday's finale" in L.A. (DALLASNEWS.com, 5/9)....FS Indiana averaged a 2.1 local rating (22,500 HHs) in Indianapolis for its 72 Pacers broadcasts this season, up 35% over last year. The rating is the best for Pacers games since the '05-06 season, the last year the Pacers made the playoffs (IBJ.com, 5/12).

    THE WINGS AND A PRAYER: FS Detroit drew a record 22.5 local rating (423,855 HHs) for its telecast Thursday night of the Sharks 3-2 win over the Red Wings in Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals. Viewership peaked at a 26.2 rating during the third period. The ratings is the second-straight game to set a new mark for FS Detroit, as Tuesday’s Game Six earned a 19.5 rating (FS Detroit).

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  • Media Notes

    The GLOBE & MAIL's Bruce Dowbiggin writes TV ratings "will still be okay" with the Bruins, Lightning, Capitals and Sharks the four teams remaining in the NHL Playoffs. The Stanley Cup Final will not be the "media-market bonanza" of last year's Blackhawks-Flyers matchup, but Boston and the Bay Area both are top 10 U.S. media markets. Vancouver "may not count in U.S. ratings books, but a Canucks appearance in the final would bring Canadian audiences of five million or more -- ideal just as the league prepares to go to Canadian broadcasters for a new deal" (GLOBE & MAIL, 5/13). The Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington wrote, “Lots of great hockey going on but NBC has to be rooting for Boston. Tampa, San Jose and Vancouver won't move the needle” (TWITTER.com, 5/13). Meanwhile, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said TV ratings this postseason are "very strong and have been up virtually everywhere, both nationally and regionally, and it's a testament of the game" ("Chronicle Live," Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 5/12).

    PAINT THE TOWN RED: CNBC.com's Darren Rovell reviewed the U.S. debut of Red Bulletin, Red Bull's monthly magazine, and wrote the "stories are interesting by virtue of the fact [of] Red Bull's strategy of owning strange events -- a donkey cross race, a street ball tournament, and a freestyle drumming competition." There are "other surprisingly good stories on a concrete block breaking champion, a Red Bull sponsored base jumper, and a story of a man bringing back a bigger wooden board to revolutionize surfing." The magazine costs money "because Red Bull's media arm is supposed to be its own separate business" (CNBC.com, 5/12).

    AUGUST RUSH
    : In Houston, David Barron reports when the Longhorn Network launches Aug. 1, ESPN VP/Programming Dave Brown and Senior Coordinating Producer Stephanie Druley, a Univ. of Texas alumnus, "will preside over a staff of about 60 people in Austin." The network will air 24/7, "with a nightly news show that will focus on Texas sports, non-sports campus issues and Big 12 updates." Non-sports programming will account for 10% of programming, while the network also "will show high school football to the extent that it can do so under University Interscholastic League rules, which prohibit live Friday night regular-season telecasts." Brown noted that the Longhorn Net "will air a live show from UT's daily football practice," and football games "will be accompanied by two-hour pregame and postgame shows" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/13).

    NO NEWS IS BAD NEWS: In St. Louis, Dan Caesar reports there has been "no progress" in the "stalemate between AT&T U-verse and Fox Sports Midwest's over 20 Cardinals telecasts, meaning that the Cards' games Friday and Sunday in Cincinnati are in line to be blacked out on U-verse." FS Midwest added 20 Cardinals games this season that "had been the property" of KSDK-NBC, and "has charged systems extra for those telecasts." But AT&T "has held out, saying it does not want to have to pass the fee on to its customers" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 5/13).

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