Saturday’s high scoring shootout between Alabama and Texas A&M not surprisingly drew a huge rating for CBS (WTSP locally in Tampa Bay). The overnight ratings were a 9.0 and 21 share, a 200% increase from last season’s SEC on CBS opener between Alabama and Arkansas.
Johnny Manziel, despite his recent off the field controversies, helped CBS earn its highest-rated afternoon regular-season college football game in 23 years (excluding the SEC Championship) since its telecast of the Miami-Notre Dame game on October 20, 1990 drew a 10.1 rating.
The ratings peaked during Saturday’s Alabama-Texas A&M game from 7 to 7:15 p.m. with a 10.2 and 22 share.
“THE NFL ON CBS” on Sunday also scored with viewers. “Manning Bowl III,” with the Denver Broncos against the N.Y. Giants had a 17.8 rating with 34 share, a 24% increase over the 4:25 p.m. game last year in week 2 between the N.Y. Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers. Sunday’s rating is the highest for the CBS National game in 15 years.
CBS Sports has named Greg Anthony as its new lead college basketball game analyst and will work with Jim Nantz. Anthony replaces Clark Kellogg who will switch to a lead studio analyst’s role for the network. CBS Sports tips off its 2013-14 college basketball schedule Saturday, Dec. 7 with a tilt between UCLA and Missouri.
Positives: The pageant returned to Atlantic City after an ill-advised move to Las Vegas eight years ago when it took place in January. It is now back to its original September schedule on the Boardwalk in New Jersey, where it belongs.
It’s back on a major network (ABC) instead of an obscure cable channel. ABC picked up the pageant last year after dropping it in 2004.
Negatives: Overproduced. Too much behind the scenes info on the pre-show. Enough with the Twitter. We’re watching the show. We don’t need to follow it on our computers, tablets or phones. The talent competition, which used to be the main feature of the pageant, has been watered down where the contestants only get 90 seconds. Way too short. Also, let’s get rid of the judges questions segment. They are awkward and often induce cringe television with the PC answers the contestants have to give.
The Bucs losing on the last play of the game to the Saints and the Rays trying to hang on to a playoff spot are two topics Don Henderson and I will talk about tonight (Monday) on “Sports Talk” at 7:00 p.m. Click here to listen in. We’ll also be taking calls.
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