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It's Only The NFL

For the first time in more than 70 years, football is the only one of the big four major sports to be played now that the World Series has concluded. It will be interesting to see whether or not having just one Sport going will impact the TV Ratings. NFL ratings have been down this season.

However, the ratings picked up from this past Monday's (10/26) Bears vs. Rams telecast on ESPN. Although it turned into a blowout, the telecast won the overall prime time ratings, including the over the air networks. As a side note, it is no surprise that Chicago was the highest local market in terms of the ratings. What is a surprise is that the second highest local market rating was San Diego, while Los Angeles, with an added local telecast, finished 4th. Note that this is the L.A. Rams, and not the Chargers, with the high San Diego viewership.

The MLB ratings did not go well during the post-season, with the just concluded World Series producing comparably low ratings. It did not help that New York, Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco/Oakland, all among the largest TV markets, each had teams eliminated prior to the World Series.

Meanwhile, we are seeing more of the impact of the pandemic on the TV side. Comcast just reported a loss of 273,000 residential subscribers during the recently concluded third quarter. This follows a reported 477,000 residential subscriber loss during 2nd quarter of this year.

Hulu+ has dropped 21 Fox Sports regional networks, as well as the YES Network (for the NYC region) and Marquee Network (for the Chicago region, which airs the Cubs).

NEW YORK: The expected lineup change at WFAN is set to roll on November 9th. Joe Benigno is retiring from his afternoon drive spot, but is expected to appear on the station occasionally moving forward. Benigno has been with WFAN since 1995, highlighted by co-hosting middays from 2003 into 2019.

November 9th marks the return of Craig Carton to afternoons, where he will co-host with Evan Roberts.

GRAND RAPIDS: Drew McCarthy has left ESPN 96.1, where he had been co-hosting afternoon drive along with Jim Costa. The station plans to audition guest hosts along with Costa before making a decision on a replacement. Reports indicate that McCarthy made the decision in order to reduce his workload. He continues hosting middays on sister station 101.3 The Brew.

PENSACOLA: WBSR 1450 and 101.1 launched this week as Fox Sports Radio, providing limited local programming middays on weekdays. The station airs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lightning, and non-conflicting Orlando Magic games.

TERRE HAUTE: Sad to hear of the passing of Tom Reck at the age of 82 earlier this month. His more than 60 years of covering sports for the Terre Haute Tribune-Star (known as the Star during his early years) are unprecedented. He served as Senior Sports Editor from 1968 to 1999, and continued writing until earlier this year.

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It's Only The NFL


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