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Cable Network Ranker: Week of September 9

Fox News was the top cable news channel during last week’s busy news cycle, placing third in primetime and fifth in total day among ad-supported cable networks. MSNBC was 30th in both primetime and total day, while CNN was 31st in primetime and 28th in total day.

ESPN, USA Network, History Channel and TNT rounded out the top five in primetime. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

Cable Network Ranker: Week of September 2

As usual, Fox News was the top cable news channel for the week, placing seventh in primetime and sixth in total day among ad-supported cable networks. MSNBC was 33rd in both primetime and total day, while CNN was 35th in primetime and 30th in total day.

ESPN, USA Network, History Channel, TNT and A&E were the top five cable networks in primetime for the week. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

Cable News Ranker: Fox News at #4

Fox News was the fourth most-watched cable network in primetime last week behind ESPN, USA and ABC Family. In total day, FNC was fifth overall. MSNBC was 27th in primetime and 31st in total day, while CNN was 34th and 30th, respectively.

Cable Ranker – Week of 11/28/11

UFC, FOX Sports Formally Announce Agreement

LOS ANGELES – The cat was let out of the bag earlier this week, but FOX is officially the new home of the UFC, thanks to a seven-year, multi-media rights agreement with Zuffa, LLC.

The first UFC event on FOX will happen on Nov. 12 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif – the same night as the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez pay-per-view from Las Vegas. The remaining UFC content across the FOX networks begins in January 2012.

Fans of The Ultimate Fighter will be happy to know that the reality MMA show will be live for the first time ever. All 12 TUF fights will air live on FX instead of prerecorded.

The final season of TUF on Spike will start in September.

FX will also televise six live UFC cards per year.

“Mixed martial arts is not only the fastest-growing sport in the world but also the world’s most exciting form of man-to-man competition, and the UFC is the world’s premier MMA organization,” said Eric Shanks, president and co-COO of FOX Sports Media Group. “Since FOX Sports is America’s No. 1 sports network and FOX is America’s No. 1 network for young adults, the UFC on FOX is a perfect match.”

You Might Not Recognize NBA.com After Thursday

With the current collective bargaining agreement set to expire on midnight Thursday, not only will the NBA find itself in the middle of a lockout, but NBA.com will be impacted as well, according to ESPN.com:

“That’s because the moment the clock strikes midnight on the current CBA, all those images and videos of NBA players have to disappear off NBA-owned digital properties. Depending on how you interpret “fair use,” the prohibition could include the mere mention of a player’s name on an NBA-owned site, though different teams have different interpretations of this particular stipulation.

Over the past few weeks, NBA website administrators and support staff have endured two-hour conference calls and countless planning sessions to figure out how to eliminate all these photos, highlights, articles and promotional features from the sites.

There are additional gray areas that are still up for discussion: What about a photo of a Lakers fan wearing a No. 24 Kobe Bryant jersey? What about a retrospective feature on the John Stockton-Karl Malone Jazz teams? Do tweets from the team’s official Twitter feed that mention a player and/or link to an image need to be deleted? How about Facebook posts? Read more

Final Numbers Show Preakness Ratings Up Over Last Year

Overnight ratings from Nielsen said ratings for the Preakness on NBC were down 6 percent over last year, but final numbers actually demonstrated that ratings were up five percent from 2010, with the race portion of the broadcast (5:56-6:41 p.m. ET) attracting 8.8 million viewers.

It was the second most-watched Preakness in the last five years, only topped in 2009 when filly Rachel Alexandra – with jockey Calvin Borel – beat Mine That Bird, which Borel had ridden to victory in the Kentucky Derby.

(Source: NBC Sports)

Portis: McNabb was unprepared for D.C. media

Washington, D.C. is home to sports teams who consistently produce winners, so it’s a given that the media will be very demanding. That, at any rate, is the opinion of former Redskin running back Clinton Portis, who said Donovan McNabb (who previously played in that laid-back cow town called Philadelphia) wasn’t prepared for the pressures of D.C.

“I think with that Washington media being so critical of the team, it’s hard to really have that team bond, because the media, shoot, they’re picking it apart and tearing it apart and being so critical even when the good times come. I don’t think Donovan was ready for that, even coming from Philly. I don’t think he understood the position he was coming into. I think Donovan’s got a lot left in the tank.”

Maybe if he can get out of Philly and land in some backwater like New York or Boston.

(Source for quote: Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post)

ESPN Names Three Studio Analysts For Women's World Cup Coverage

Brandi Chastain, Briana Scurry and Tony DiCicco will join ESPN as studio analysts for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 (June 26-July 17).

The three members of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup winning U.S. team will appear on the network’s coverage of the three-week tournament along with participating in studio segments on SportsCenter, First Take and ESPNEWS.

“Brandi, Briana and Tony are among the best minds and most recognizable faces for women’s soccer anywhere in the world,” said Jed Drake, ESPN senior vice and executive producer, production. “Their ability to draw from past experiences will give our viewers the best insight on what these exceptional athletes are going through on the biggest stage of their careers.”

ESPN Aired Wrong Doris Burke Tape During Game 3

Doris Burke‘s flub Saturday night during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals wasn’t her fault.

Instead of going with a live shot, ESPN decided to tape Burke’s segment … and aired the wrong one, according to USA Today:

“At the last minute they decided to tape it. And like it happens in TV when you’re taping, I kept stopping.” Eventually, Burke finished her sideline report on Oklahoma City having loud fans. But, she says, the wrong one aired: “It was a simple as someone hitting the wrong button.” (Said ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys on Sunday: “We just played the wrong tape.”)

And Burke, aware of the online ridicule, isn’t exactly irate. “What I feel badly about is the gentleman in the production truck (who made the mistake) was upset. And I heard somebody back in Bristol was upset. I’m not happy it made it on-air, because we’re better than that. … But I said to the gentleman in the truck, don’t lose any sleep over it. I don’t want anybody upset. We’re all human.” Sometimes, real life is much more mundane than cyberspace.

 

Matthew Barnaby Accused Of Using Racial Slurs During Domestic Incident

More information has been released regarding the domestic incident involving ESPN NHL analyst Matthew Barnaby that landed him behind bars last Friday:

New details made public in the court documents included accusations that Barnaby harassed his wife by swearing at her and used “racial slurs” during a series of harassing phone calls to her male friend.

The complaint provided no details of what racial slurs Barnaby is accused of making. The documents state only that he is accused of harassing the man “via phone calls 20-30 times threatening harm, racial slurs and with no legitimate purpose to contact the victim.”

Amherst Police Officer Thomas M. Brown reported hearing Barnaby using a series of swear words toward his wife during the incident, calling her “worthless” and telling her, “I wish you would die,” according to court documents. Read more

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