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Fox Shakes Up World Cup Analyst Team

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We’re only one week into the 2018 World Cup and Fox is already making changes to its studio coverage. Lothar Matthäus is out. The record holder for most World Cup appearances by a player was positioned as the network’s lead analyst in the first press release regarding tournament coverage. Former Dutch national team midfielder Clarence Seedorf will join the Fox Studio team in Red Square.

Steven Goff of the Washington Post tweeted that the shakeup was not expected and not well received by either Matthäus or the network.

Irish National Team Manager Martin O’Neill will also join Fox’s coverage. He is already in Russia, and has been covering the World Cup for Britain’s ITV.

The motivation for the changes is unknown, but as Andrew Bucholtz from Awful Announcing writes, the network has no shortage of reasons for it.

But maybe Fox is listening to the reviews, or concerned about how they keep being outdrawn by Spanish-language coverage on Telemundo and how they have to average “the last four World Cups combined” to create any sort of positive ratings spin. (Four is an important number there, as the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea took place largely in the middle of the night in North America, a significant change from Germany in 2006, South Africa in 2010 and Brazil in 2014; soccer also was arguably at a lower North American profile overall back in 2002.) Or maybe this is about internal feedback from their producers and executives about what is and isn’t working.

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SEC on CBS Draws College Football’s Most-Watched Game for Third Straight Week

Alabama-Arkansas drew an average of 5.828 million viewers, making it the most-watched Alabama-Arkansas game in 12 years.

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CBS is reaping the benefits of its package with the SEC. That’s because for the third consecutive week, CBS is home of college football’s highest-rated game of the week.

Alabama-Arkansas drew an average of 5.828 million viewers, making it the most-watched Alabama-Arkansas game in 12 years. That game also peaked at nearly 7 million viewers at one point.

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FOX Scores Another Big College Football Weekend

Saturday’s broadcast of Michigan-Iowa drew 4,198,000 viewers on FOX.

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FOX continues to grabs heaps of viewers for its prime viewing window of college football coverage.

Saturday’s broadcast of Michigan-Iowa drew 4,198,000 viewers on FOX. To date, thru five weeks of the college football season, Big Noon Saturday is averaging 5,767,000 viewers, the most-watched window in college football.

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NFL Ratings on CBS Off to Best Start Since 2010

That number buoys the network to an average of 18.559 million viewers over the first four games of the season.

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The NFL of CBS is behemoth to start the 2022 season. This past weekend saw the more massive ratings for the network.

Sunday’s national game window, which was led the Patriots-Packers overtime game, averaged 24.647 million viewers which was the most-watched Week 4 window on CBS since 1998, when the NFL returned to CBS. It’s also a ratings increase of 8% from last season.

That number buoys the network to an average of 18.559 million viewers over the first four games of the season, CBS‘ best start to a season since 2010.

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