Just like their competition at Fox, CBS is changing very little when it comes to their NFL pairings for the 2019 season. The Tiffany Network announced its eight broadcast teams for the coming season at a luncheon in New York on Tuesday.
The network’s top game each week will still be handled by the team of Jim Nantz and Tony Romo in the booth with Tracy Wolfson as the sideline reporter. That group has received rave reviews since first being put together in the 2017 season.
CBS’s other broadcast teams are listed below. The play-by-play man is listed first followed by the analyst. The teams that have an assigned sideline reporter have that team member listed third.
- Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts/Evan Washburn
- Greg Gumbel/Trent Green/Melanie Collins
- Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
- Andrew Catalon/James Lofton
- Spero Dedes/Adam Archuleta
- Tom McCarthy/Jay Feely
- Beth Mowins/Tiki Barber
Amongst the changes from the 2018 season are the absence of Bruce Arians. Last season he served as a second analyst in the booth with Greg Gumble and Trent Green. This year Arians will be coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Steve Beurlein is out. He has been replaced by Tiki Barber, who will be paired with Beth Mowins. Last season Mowins was paired with Jay Feely, who is now paired with Tom McCarthy.
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.
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.
ESPN Asked NHL For More Games on Linear TV
“It’s something that ESPN pushed for. But to the extent that ESPN was looking to make an adjustment for Year 2, we’re pleased to have the ongoing exposure.”
The 2021-2022 NHL season was the first of a new media rights deal that saw the league’s games air nationally on ESPN and TNT.
The 2022-2023 season will see more games on linear television, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says that’s from ESPN’s insistence.
When asked by Sports Business Journal‘s Alex Silverman about a noticeably larger linear television schedule for the upcoming season, Bettman said “We’re happy to have it, but it’s something that ESPN pushed for. But to the extent that ESPN was looking to make an adjustment for Year 2, we’re pleased to have the ongoing exposure. Although, last year and the way things were balanced was a terrific year for us. Ratings were up, viewership was up, connectivity on all platforms for our fans was up. And ESPN and Turner have done an incredible job, and we’re grateful to be with them.”
Last season, ESPN and ABC only aired 28 games on linear television, 18 airing on ESPN or ESPN2 and 10 on ABC. 75 regular season games were exclusive to ESPN+ and Hulu.
This year, 52 games will air between the two networks with 37 games on ESPN or ESPN2 and 15 games on ABC. The Walt Disney Company has exclusive rights to 103 NHL broadcasts during the 2022-2023 season, including the opening night double header, the All-Star Skills Competition and All-Star Game, and the NHL Stadium Series.
FOX Ends MLB Regular Season Coverage With Highest Audience of Season
FOX reeled in 2,657,000 viewers for its two game slate (Rays-Astros or Mets-Braves).
FOX’s regular season coverage of MLB ended so strongly that it featured the best Saturday night baseball telecast on the network all season.
FOX reeled in 2,657,000 viewers for its two game slate (Rays-Astros or Mets-Braves). The Mets-Braves series was a battle of two teams trying to win the National League East division.