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Posted Friday 11/30/18 at 1:25PM EST
Thursday Night Football hits an all-time high with Dallas Cowboys' upset of the New Orleans Saints
The Cowboys beating the Saints, considered the NFL's best team, marked the highest-rated Thursday Night Football broadcast on Fox and any network ever. NFL says 22.4 million watched across Fox, NFL Network, Fox Deportes and Amazon. ALSO: Will & Grace falls to an all-time demo low.
Posted Saturday 10/27/18 at 7:21AM EDT
Joe Buck is in the midst of an exhausting six straight days: Five World Series games, one NFL game, three cities
The Fox Sports announcer is in the middle of a crazy week. On Tuesday and Wednesday, he called Games 1 and 2 of the World Series in Boston. On Thursday, he called the Thursday Night Football game between the Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans in Houston. On Friday night, he called the marathon 7-hour, 21-minute World Series Game 3 in Los Angeles, which left him running on fumes. And because the Dodgers won, he'll be calling Games 4 and 5 on Saturday and Sunday in L.A. "Joe Buck is THE BEST!!" tweeted Erin Andrews, Buck's NFL on Fox co-worker. She added that Buck's flight from Houston to Los Angeles was delayed, resulting in him not arriving L.A. until 2:30 a.m. Friday morning. When one Twitter follower tweeted to Andrews: "Cmon. He just sits there and talks." She responded: "You try it pal."
Posted Friday 10/19/18 at 6:10PM EDT
NFL hits an all-time broadcast low with Fox's Denver Broncos-Arizona Cardinals game
Source: NBC Sports
The battle of two losing teams on a crowded sports night was "well below" the previous all-time low, a 2008 Seattle Seahawks-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game that competed directly with Game 7 of the World Series. Last night was the first night since November 2009 that the NBA, NFL, NHL, Major League Baseball, college football and Major League Soccer all had games on the same night.
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 12:15PM EDT
Study: President Trump's effect on NFL ratings was "weak" -- quality of football is likely to blame for viewership decline
Source: USA Today
USA Today "dove into the numbers" to see why ratings for the NFL actually declined in recent years, and whether Colin Kaepernick and President Trump were really to blame. "We examined TV viewership for Sunday Night Football in 37 markets in 2016 and 2017," said USA Today. "The data, courtesy of Comscore, shows the percent of TVs in a market that were tuned to the big game. Then, we looked at how people in those places voted in the last Presidential election — plus a bunch of football factors. There was some evidence of a Trump effect. But it was, at best, weak. What really stood out was that people stuck with football if there was a 'football reason' to watch. The data show that quality football and home team loyalty drove the TV audience far more than political tribalism." The study also found that areas of high Trump support received bad football games, including Arizona, Indianapolis and Houston. ALSO: Network executives explain why NFL ratings are up 1% this year.
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Amazon viewers are still complaining that the first female NFL broadcast team is "hidden"
Source: The Daily Beast
The streaming service had to release a video explaining that to listen to Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm's Thursday Night Football broadcast, viewers have to select the last option under language settings. Still, as The Daily Beast notes, "viewers who tuned in to support Storm or Kremer–or who simply wanted a break from the all-male booth–were not happy." As Patriots fan Brian Bell put it, "It’s like they’re trying to have their cake and eat it too. They want to get all this credit for putting these two great female broadcasters together for the first time but … they make you jump through every hoop in the world to try to get it.”
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 3:04PM EDT
Murphy Brown returns to an okay 7.5 million on a "pretty dismal ratings" night for broadcast networks
The CBS revival failed to even come close to the big premiere ratings for the revivals of Will & Grace and Roseanne, but entertainment shows underperformed across the board -- including Grey's Anatomy. That might have been the result of Thursday's all-day Kavanaugh hearings, which concluded shortly before primetime. ALSO: Thursday Night Football debuts on Fox up from last year's opener on CBS.
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 6:27AM EDT
Amazon's all-women NFL broadcast team was the fourth option -- after the men
Amazon Prime Video touted Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer as the first all-female broadcast crew to call an NFL game, starting with this week's Thursday Night Football game. But people watching the Amazon Prime Video feed automatically heard the Fox Sports broadcasting voices of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. Amazon users had to go down to the fourth option of "Storm-Kremer" to hear the groundbreaking all-female broadcast.
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 2:44PM EDT
Fox News' new streaming service Fox Nation adopts the slogan "Opinion Done Right"
The Fox network will formally introduce the slogan during tomorrow night's Thursday Night Football game between the Rams and the Vikings.
Posted Tuesday 9/25/18 at 1:05PM EDT
Amazon taps Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer as the first all-female NFL announcing team
The longtime sports journalists will call the 11 Thursday Night Football games that Amazon is streaming, beginning with Thursday's matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings.
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 9:40PM EDT
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo being out for the season is a "primetime nightmare"
Source: The Big Lead
The hype generated late last season by the 49ers quarterback (and former Tom Brady backup) prompted the NFL to schedule the 49ers in primetime -- on Thursday Night Football, Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football -- for four weeks over a five-week period starting in mid-October. With Garoppolo out for the season with a torn ACL, those primetime NFL games are likely to become ratings losers -- unless, perhaps, the 49ers re-sign Colin Kaepernick.
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 2:52PM EDT
Fox's Thursday Night Football adds Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink as sideline reporters
Fox hopes to make Thursday NFL games must-see TV by using two sideline reporters, instead of one.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 12:29PM EDT
Fox reveals its fall schedule: Last Man Standing is back on Fridays, The Resident and 9-1-1 move to Mondays
Tuesdays will feature The Gifted paired with Lethal Weapon, while Empire and Star are staying put on Wednesdays. Tim Allen's Last Man Standing will kick off Friday nights as Thursday Night Football takes over Thursdays.
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 12:41AM EDT
Fox's bloodshed is partially due to Thursday Night Football -- Fox to decide between Lethal Weapon and Gotham
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Fox has until Monday to find a replacement for the fired Clayne Crawford on Lethal Weapon. If that doesn't happen, then Gotham would be renewed and Lethal Weapon would be canceled, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which also notes that Fox has yet to make a decision on Ghosted and L.A. to Vegas. Meanwhile, the Disney deal is one of the reasons why so many shows were canceled. But the addition of Thursday Night Football means that Fox will have 30 less hours of time to fill this fall on a network that only programs until the 10 p.m. hour.
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 5:09PM EDT
NFL renews Amazon's Thursday Night Football streaming deal
Amazon will have exclusive streaming rights to the Thursday NFL games for the 2018 and 2019 seasons under the new pact.
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 1:14PM EDT
Troy Aikman reportedly wants Fox to give him a raise after the network failed to woo Peyton Manning
Source: Sporting News
The NFL on Fox color analyst will be doing more work now that Fox has Thursday Night Football and the NFL Draft.