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ESPN To Keep Joe Tessitore ‘Extremely Busy’ Without MNF

“He said that right now, his focus is on a second season of Holey Moley.”

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Joe Tessitore is on the press circuit promoting a new season of ABC’s Holey Moley. Tessitore and comedian Rob Riggle call the action on the Steph Curry-produced mini golf competition. While his goal is to bring more eyeballs to the project, Tessitore knows his recent dismissal from ESPN’s Monday Night Football is bound to come up.

“I will miss the crew greatly; they were incredible personal relationships that were developed,” he said in a recent interview with Awful Announcing. “I will no longer be on Monday Night Football, but I will be extremely busy at the network in the coming months and years to come.”

Disney and ESPN do have a lot of work for Tessitore even if his time calling NFL games for the network is over. In addition to Holey Moley, Tessitore is also calling Top Rank Championship Boxing on ESPN.

The boxing promotion has announced intentions to return on June 9. Tessitore says he expects to “be doing play-by-play and hosting on ESPN two to three times a week” when that happens.

Speculation that Tessitore might move back to ESPN’s college football broadcasts has swirled as well. He did not address that in his interview with Awful Announcing. He said that right now, his focus is on a second season of Holey Moley.

“The show is better this year. And we had a good show last year. What I like about the show this year is we have a playoff system that proceeds to a championship round. So each week, you’re trying to win the Holey Moley championship. You take those winners and you end up with a single putt for a quarter of a million dollars. It sounds so crazy for a guy who just broadcast a NFL playoff game, who just broadcast Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder, and I’m not sure what it is, but I like when something’s on the line. You take all these mini golfers, you whittle them down, you go through all those crazy holes, and you get down to one putt for a quarter of a million dollars, and it’s great.”

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ABC Scores Most Watched NBA Saturday Primetime Game In 4 Years

“The game drew 3.7 million viewers.”

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The Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night. While the game’s controversial finish left LeBron James and Patrick Beverly upset, executives at the Walt Disney Company had nothing but smiles thanks to the performance of ABC.

The game drew 3.7 million viewers. That means the Celtics’ win is the most-watched game in the ABC Saturday night prime-time window in the last four years. A February 2019 game between the Lakers and Golden State Warriors drew 4.1 million.

Boston also delivered the highest-rated game of the NBA season so far outside of the league’s stacked Christmas Day slate.

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC is experiencing a nice uptick in viewership this season. Through the weekend, the Saturday night games are averaging over 3.4 million viewers according to an ESPN press release.

That number represents a 16% jump from last season. The edition of NBA Countdown that airs before the Saturday night game is having a good season as well. It’s average audience is up 3% to just under 1.5 million.

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NHL Ratings on ESPN, TNT Down in 2nd Year

So far this season, games on ESPN and TNT are averaging 373,000 viewers, which is down from 478,000 last season.

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Viewership totals from ESPN and TNT show NHL ratings have declined heading into the All-Star break, but there are some extenuating circumstances for the nearly 22% drop.

So far this season, games on ESPN and TNT are averaging 373,000 viewers, which is down from 478,000 last season. However, both channels have increased their linear television schedule, doubling from 27 games to 54.

ESPN has aired 18 games with an average of 402,000 viewers. In the same time period last year, the worldwide leader had only aired seven contests, but garnered 622,000 per game. None of ESPN’s games last season had aired on weekends, while the network has broadcast six games on Sunday this year alone. The 12 games ESPN has aired that weren’t on Sunday have averaged 491,000 viewers.

The 2023 NHL All-Star Game will air on ABC Saturday, and the network is hoping for a lift from last season. In 2022, ratings fell 38% from the previous All-Star Game on NBC, and hit the lowest total since 2009. The NHL Skills challenge saw its largest audience in a decade after airing on ESPN in primetime on a Friday evening. Nearly 1.1 million watched the skills challenge, a 30% increase compared to 2020.

At this time last season, TNT had aired 20 games. Through 36 games this season, the network has seen an average of 359,000 viewers. The network is helped by the 2023 Winter Classic, which took place at Fenway Park on Monday, January 2nd. The afternoon contest saw an audience of 1.78 million, up 31% compared to the previous year.

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AFC Championship Game Delivers New Viewership High For CBS

53.1 million viewers tuned in to see the Chiefs victory over the Bengals, making it the most-watched television program since Super Bowl LVI.

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The AFC Championship Game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals drew a massive audience for CBS.

53.1 million viewers tuned in to see the Chiefs’ controversial victory over the Bengals, making it the most-watched television program since Super Bowl LVI. Additionally, the event is the most-watched NFL Conference Championship Game since 2017.

CBS claims the game peaked with 59.3 million viewers and was also the most-streamed live sporting event in the history of Paramount+.

With an audience of 53.1 million, CBS concludes its NFL playoff coverage averaging 40.798 million viewers for each game. That leads all networks thus far. The 2022 NFL season was the most-watched regular season on CBS in the past seven seasons.

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