Fox Sports 1 is launching this week and enjoying an endless parade of good publicity as a self-styled alternative to ESPN, but how are things at yesterday's self-styled alternative to ESPN, 20-month-old NBC Sports Network? NBCSN will have Premier League soccer this weekend, so that's something. But even NBC Sports president of programming Jon Miller concedes that, live sports aside, it's been a bit of a slough. Here's Miller in an interview with Awful Announcing's Matt Yoder:
As far as one area to improve, clearly the original programming area is a challenge that we continue to work on. We've had some successes with shows like NFL Turning Point. We recently did a show called Shark Hunters that was very well received. But we continue to work hard to develop that original studio programming that we know is very important to the success of a 24/7 cable network.
Shark Hunters! What else? Let's refer to the spookily well-connected @TVSportsRTGS for more. Let's start with yesterday:
Most-watched telecast on NBCS yesterday was the 2p airing of Babe Winkleman. Median age of male audience was 59 years.— TVSportsRatings (@TVSportsRTGS) August 13, 2013
Babe Winkleman is a fishing show, apparently. What about last Wednesday?
Two most-watched NBCS telecasts yesterday: 1)Deadly Passions (apparently a buck hunting show) 2) NRA Under Wild Skies— TVSportsRatings (@TVSportsRTGS) August 8, 2013
Fishing and guns! (Also: Deadly Passions? Deadly Passions is a Shannon Tweed movie, not a show about picking off Bambi's dad.) Trash it up, NBC!
OK, now to last Monday:
On Monday, largest NBCS audiences were for the 2p airing of Babe Winkleman and 1:30p airing of Seasons on the Fly.— TVSportsRatings (@TVSportsRTGS) August 7, 2013
1 telecast on NBCS yesterday (Shark Hunters) had a higher Male 18-34 rating than the 8a telecast of New Adv. of Old Christine on Lifetime— TVSportsRatings (@TVSportsRTGS) August 7, 2013
And this would include about five weeks of data for the third quarter:
Quarter to date, NBCS average audience is down by half vs. last year— TVSportsRatings (@TVSportsRTGS) August 7, 2013
Guns, fishing and Ted Lasso. NBCSN is 'Murica's sports network.