Month: January 2017

Shannon Sharpe, Joy Taylor and Skip Bayless on UNDISPUTED

UNDISPUTED Scores Head-To-Head Viewership Win Over SportsCenter

For the first time ever, FS1’s SKIP AND SHANNON: UNDISPUTED beat ESPN2’s “SportsCenter” by 1% on viewership (122,000 vs. 121,000), from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM ET on Thursday, Jan. 5, according to Nielsen Media Research.

In the same window, UNDISPUTED notched 76,000 viewers in the coveted Adult 18-49 demographic, +58% better than “SportsCenter” (48,000), ESPN’s flagship news and highlights program that debuted September 1979.

Just a few days earlier, on Monday, Jan. 2, UNDISPUTED posted its best live numbers to-date with 196,000 viewers, a +717% increase over FS1’s 9:30 AM-12:00 PM ET timeslot last January (24,000).

One year ago, ESPN2’s audience was 23 times the size of FS1’s from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM ET. Within just four months of its September 2016 premiere, UNDISPUTED has closed the gap, expanding on the lead FS1 established over ESPN2 in prime and live events in 2016.

SKIP AND SHANNON: UNDISPUTED airs weekdays at 9:30 AM-12:00 PM ET on FS1. For more information please visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

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FOX Sports is Home to English Premier League Soccer Teams this Weekend

Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal Highlight FA Cup’s Return to FOX Sports

The FA Cup, the world’s oldest cup competition, returns to FOX Sports this weekend with a stellar lineup featuring English Premier League teams Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City opens third-round action taking on West Ham United on Friday, Jan. 6 beginning at 2:30 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes. Ian Joy hosts studio coverage from Los Angeles alongside Warren Barton and Stu Holden. On FOX Deportes, John Laguna and Mariano Trujillo call the action in Spanish.

On Saturday, Jan. 7, Manchester United kicks off a day of four matches across the FOX Sports family of networks when the club attempts to defend the trophy it claimed back in May facing Reading. Coverage begins at 7:00 AM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes. Immediately following, Sutton United faces AFC Wimbledon on FS1 and FOX Deportes, while Barrow squares off against Rochdale on FS2. Preston closes out the day’s action when they battle Arsenal on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 12:00 PM ET. Joy hosts studio coverage alongside Barton, Brad Friedel and Alexi Lalas. Alvaro Izquierdo, Jairo Moncada, Laguna, Trujillo, Christian Bozzo and Samuel Jacobo call matches for FOX Deportes.

Coverage continues Sunday, Jan. 8, at 8:00 AM ET with Liverpool facing Plymouth Argyle on FS1 and FOX Deportes. Tottenham and Aston Villa take center stage at 10:30 AM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes. Chelsea-Peterborough headlines the action on FS2 at 10:00 AM ET. Joy hosts studio coverage alongside Barton and former Chelsea FA Cup winner Mario Melchiot. On FOX Deportes, Claudio Suarez, Ariel Torrone, Izquierdo and Moncada call the action in Spanish.

On Monday, Jan. 9, Cambridge United hosts Championship club Leeds United at 2:30 PM ET on FS2 and FOX Deportes.

All matches are available via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2Go mobile apps and on desktop computers via FOXSportsGO.com.

All FOX soccer information, including biographies, photographs and archived press releases are available on FOX Sports Press Pass.

Joe Davis and Brady Quinn at 2016 Pac-12 Championship

FOX Sports Records its Most-Watched College Football Season Ever in 2016

Viewership on FOX & FS1 Up 11% over 2015
FS1 Viewership Grows by 23%

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports recorded its most-watched college football season ever in 2016 with an average audience of 1,320,000 viewers on the FOX broadcast network and FS1, representing a combined viewership increase of +11% over the 2015 season, according to Nielsen Media Research.

FS1 saw a huge jump in 2016, with a +23% viewership increase over 2015. The Red River Showdown, an exciting 45-40 win for Oklahoma over Texas on Saturday, Oct. 8, led this season’s schedule, drawing 2,788,000 viewers and stands as the second most-watched college football game in FS1 history.

On the FOX broadcast network, Ohio State’s win over Oklahoma on Saturday, Sept. 17, attracted 5,804,000 viewers and was the most-watched regular-season game of the season and is the network’s third most-watched regular-season college football telecast ever. On championship weekend, the Pac-12 Championship Game between Washington and Colorado on Friday, Dec. 2, delivered 5,671,000 viewers on FOX, a +120% increase over the 2015 game on ESPN, and the second most-watched Pac-12 Championship Game in history. The following night, on Saturday, Dec. 3, the Big Ten Championship Game between Penn State and Wisconsin scored 9,189,000 viewers, beating the ACC Championship Game, which aired in the same time slot on ABC, by +72%.

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AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK on FOX is TV’s Top Show for Eighth Straight Year

FOX NFL SUNDAY Extends Reign as NFL’s No. 1 Pregame Show
FOX NFL KICKOFF Shows Continued Growth
AGOTW Accounts for Top Three Highest-Rated 2016 NFL Regular-Season Telecasts

NEW YORK, NY – With the final whistle blown on the 2016 regular season and Super Bowl LI on FOX just a month away, the network heads into the NFL Playoffs with AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK projected to be television’s No. 1 show for the eighth straight season according to Nielsen Media Research, and FOX NFL SUNDAY as the nation’s top pregame show for the 23rd consecutive year. In addition, FOX NFL KICKOFF continues to show year-over-year growth, up +14% in viewership over 2015. Highlights of the 2016 FOX NFL regular season follow:

  • AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK concluded the regular season by averaging an impressive 13.9/27, with 24.559 million viewers, and is projected to continue its run as the highest-rated and most-watched program in all of television for the eighth consecutive year, according to Nielsen.
  • The full season of NFL on FOX, excluding the Oct. 30 telecast from London, averaged a 10.9/23 household rating/share, with 19.434 million viewers across all games, and exceeds CBS’s NFL package by +10% (vs. 17.671 million viewers).
  • On the pregame front, FOX NFL SUNDAY continues to top the charts, ranking No. 1 among all NFL pregame shows (projected) for the 23rd consecutive year, posting a 3.1/8 household rating/share, with 4.84 million viewers, +34% higher than CBS’s “NFL Today.”
  • In just its second season on the FOX broadcast network, FOX NFL KICKOFF averaged a 0.9/3 with 1.341 million viewers, a +14% increase over 2015.

Additional highlights and notes from regular-season game telecasts include:

  • AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK in Week 10, which featured an exciting matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers, is the highest-rated game of the 2016 NFL regular season with a 16.4/30.
  • AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK also accounted for the second and third highest-rated NFL telecasts of the regular season, as a Week 6 contest between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers delivered a 15.8/30, and Week 1 between the Cowboys and New York Giants posted a 15.5/31.
  • FOX’s annual Thanksgiving Day game, a tightly contested matchup between the Cowboys and Washington Redskins, is the network’s most-watched NFL regular season game ever and the most-watched NFL regular season game on any network since NBC’s Thanksgiving Day game in 1995. The contest delivered 35.11 million viewers.

FOX Sports’ coverage of the NFL Playoffs begins Sunday, Jan. 8 at 4:00 PM ET with FOX NFL SUNDAY, followed by an NFC Wild Card featuring the New York Giants at Green Bay Packers at 4:40 PM ET. FOX Sports’ postseason coverage continues through the NFC Divisional rounds and NFC Championship Game, culminating with the network’s exclusive live presentation of Super Bowl LI from NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 5.

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Rousey’s UFC 207 Return Delivers FS1’s Fourth Most-Viewed Postfight Show in Network History

LOS ANGELES, CA – Interest in Ronda Rousey’s return to the Octagon at UFC 207 drove strong viewership to FS1 on Friday, Dec. 30.

Following Amanda Nunes’ shocking 48-second defeat of Rousey on Pay-Per-View, the FS1 UFC 207 POSTFIGHT SHOW tallied 404,000 viewers, a +166% jump over the comparable Jan. 2, 2016 postfight show (for UFC 195) and good for the fourth most-watched postfight show in FS1 history. Among A18-49, it was up +157% over the Jan. 2, 2016 postfight show (234,000 vs. 91,000).

The FS1 UFC 207 PRELIMS scored 1,511,000 viewers on Friday, making it the eighth most-watched PRELIMS ever on the network. It was up +46% over the 1,032,000 viewers for the comparable FS1 UFC 195 PRELIMS on Jan. 2, 2016. Among A18-49, the prelims were up +42% (813,000 vs. 572,000). The FS1 UFC 207 PRELIMS peaked with 1,848,000 viewers between 9:45 – 10:00 PM ET.

Intrigue heading into the evening’s fights was strong on the network as well. The FS1 UFC 207 PREFIGHT SHOW logged 572,000 viewers, making it the fifth most-watched PREFIGHT show in FS1 history. The FS1 UFC 207 WEIGH-IN SHOW garnered 216,000 viewers, up +23% against the 176,000 viewers for the lone UFC weigh-in last January that aired on a Friday.

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Harvick Returns to FOX NASCAR Booth in 2017 for Eight Races

Former MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES champion Kevin Harvick is scheduled to return to the FOX NASCAR television booth as a race analyst for eight NASCAR events in 2017, beginning with the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES season opener from Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 25 (3:30 PM ET with pre-race coverage beginning at 3:00 PM ET) on FS1.

Harvick also will contribute as an analyst on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB, the most-watched daily NASCAR news and highlights program, airing Monday through Thursday at 6:00 PM ET during the racing season, joining a solid rotation of MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES drivers and crew chiefs.

He says he agreed to eight races, in part, to gain reps for what he hopes could become his post-racing career.

“I really enjoy calling races,” Harvick said. “I enjoy the perspective of sitting up there and trying to figure out what’s going on. I also want to be a part of watching these young guys come up through the NASCAR Camping World Truck and XFINITY Series and have the experience of having been in the booth when they raced because, ultimately, it’s something I want to do down the road when I’m done driving.”

For Harvick, his lone race as an analyst at Daytona in 2016 wasn’t sufficient.

“One wasn’t enough, and I think we’ll do several NASCAR RACE HUB shows this year, so it will be fun to express my opinion from the booth and from the studio,” he added.

This marks the third consecutive year Harvick will be alongside Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip to call the Daytona season kickoff. He also is scheduled to be an analyst in the FOX Sports booth at Phoenix, Bristol, Talladega and Pocono, as well as NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES races at Kansas, Eldora and Talladega.

In addition to the 2015 and 2016 Daytona events, Harvick also was in the FOX Sports booth at Las Vegas and Dover in 2015 and was the first NASCAR Premier Series driver to debut as part of the on-air rotation for FOX Sports’ inaugural year of NASCAR XFINITY SERIES coverage that season.

In 2015, Harvick rotated with four other fellow MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES drivers to call 12 of 14 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES races carried by FOX Sports — four-time champion and current FOX NASCAR analyst Jeff Gordon, 2012 champ Brad Keselowski, Danica Patrick and Clint Bowyer. In 2016, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Keselowski, Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Bowyer and Patrick also were part of the rotation, which expanded from 2015’s list of five drivers.

“In his first few minutes in the FOX NASCAR booth at Daytona in 2015, Kevin Harvick quickly proved himself a natural as an analyst,” said Eric Shanks, FOX Sports President, COO and Executive Producer. “He offers thought-provoking analysis each time he speaks, and does so in a concise and entertaining manner. We are thrilled to have him back this season for an expanded schedule of races.”

Announcements regarding additional MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES drivers in the booth for the entirety of FOX Sports’ 2017 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES season are forthcoming. FOX Sports airs the first 16 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES races and first 14 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES races of 2017, in addition to the entire NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES schedule. For more FOX NASCAR news, photos, information or on-air bios, please visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

 

 

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FOX Sports’ Emig, Sheheen Preview 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Season

Three-Time Champion Ryan Dungey Leads Stacked Field into Anaheim Season Opener Jan. 7 Live on FS1, FOX Deportes, FOX Sports GO

The 2017 Monster Energy Supercross season opens Saturday, Jan. 7 (9:30 PM ET) on FS1, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO with live coverage hosted by Jamie Little and called by Ralph Sheheen and Hall-of-Fame racer Jeff Emig in the booth, Hall-of-Fame racer Ricky Carmichael on the track and Jenny Taft in the pits.

Emig, ranked No. 11 on Racer X’s list of “30 Greatest AMA Motorcrossers” of all time, and Sheheen, the longtime voice of Monster Energy Supercross, preview the 2017 season heading into Saturday’s race at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

FOX Sports: Can anyone challenge three-time and defending 450SX champion Ryan Dungey this season? Who are his biggest challengers and why?
Emig: “I see Dungey still as the man to beat. Ken Roczen should be impressive again early in the season, but he has to be a contender at every event … that is what it takes to win the title. Cooper Webb is jumping up to the premier class after two 250SX titles, and should be able to win a main event here and there, but I would be surprised if he makes a title run; this just seems like a tough environment for a rookie to dominate. Personally, I am looking at Jason Anderson and Marvin Musquin to have breakout seasons. As for the rest, we will just have to see if anyone catches fire.

Sheheen: “Yes, Dungey can be beat. It isn’t going to be easy. He has become a championship winning machine. However, Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac are primed to be his two biggest challengers for the title. There are others capable of winning it, but Ken and Eli are the two that have the experience, the talent, the conditioning and the team to get it done right now.”

FOX Sports: How does Anaheim I set the tone for a rider/team’s season? You can’t win the season in the first race, but can you lose it with a really poor start?

Emig: “You have to look at it like every race holds the same value, which it does in points. So, obviously you want to avoid a DNF or injury. But, I have witnessed riders like (Ricky) Carmichael and (James) Stewart have a slow start and still win the title. What are better indicators are speed or fitness … if you’re lacking in one of those areas, you’re going to be in for a long and disappointing season.”

Sheheen: “Anaheim is one of the most important races of the season. All of the hype and build-up to the season opener is just immense. Add to it that the race is in the heart of Southern California, which is the epicenter for the industry. The desire for teams, manufacturers and sponsors to grab the headlines with a win at the season-opening round in Anaheim can be incredible pressure on a rider. Pull off the victory and it can be a massive shot of momentum for the rider and team. If it is a bad night, it can have a debilitating impact because people will start wondering immediately ‘what’s wrong with that guy?’ If you don’t bounce back quickly, it can spiral out of control and your season is over before it gets rolling.”

FOX Sports: Who are the new or improved riders/teams to watch this season and why?

Emig: “I have my eye on Butler Brothers. They just joined with Rocky Mountain ATV/MC as the title sponsor, and will have Davi Millsaps, Blake Baggett and Benny Bloss on the bikes. So, they could post some great finishes in 2017.”

Sheheen: “Two riders who are not necessarily new but that I’m anxious to see how they perform are Ken Roczen and Jason Anderson. Roczen switching to the factory Honda program is very exciting. Honda has been a powerhouse in the sport, but they have been suffering a long drought. Ken looked great on Big Red’s latest machine at the Monster Energy Cup. Could this be a title winning combo for Honda? The other is Anderson. ‘El Hombre’ has been training with and watching Dungey for a couple of years now. He is a very fast rider and obviously he has been doing the right training program. Now, he just has to put it all together. If he does, he could start winning races and could be in the title fight.”

FOX Sports: If Dungey can collect another championship, where does that put him in terms of the all-time greats in the sport?

Emig: “Well, only three riders have ever won four or more titles, so Ryan would be in the elite of the elite. If he can do it again, it will be against a deep field, and that in itself would be impressive.”

Sheheen: “Ryan Dungey has already secured himself a spot in the Hall of Fame. He is just padding his stats now and making a case for putting himself on the Mount Rushmore of the sport. He is still young enough, smart enough and healthy enough that he could rewrite some pages in the record books. The defending champion is already in the conversation of all-time greats … final stats will tell us where he slots into the lineup.”

FOX Sports: Is there anyone on the hot seat in 2017? A rider who a lot was expected of, but, to date, has not met those expectations?

Emig: “For sure that rider is Ken Roczen. He just signed long-term contracts with most of his sponsors, and for big money. So, now it’s time to deliver a Monster Energy Supercross title. Barring an injury from something out of his control, I would say that anything less than the title will be a disappointment.”

Sheheen: “It’s kind of crazy. Even though Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac are two of the brightest and fastest stars in the sport, I feel like they are also on the hot seat. The reason I say that is they are the ones who are supposed to push Dungey for the title. Not just challenge, but really push Ryan all the way to the checkers in Vegas. They haven’t done that yet. They have all of the tools to do that this year. If they don’t do it this year, then when?”

A re-air of the FOX Sports 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Preview Show airs Saturday, Jan. 7 (5:30 PM ET) on FS1, featuring an unprecedented, unfiltered look into the lives of riders Dungey, Chad Reed, Roczen, Tomac, Musquin, Anderson and Webb as they prepare for the 2017 season.