He is a former IMG chief content officer who also previously worked for ESPN and Dick Clark Productions.
Fox’s Sunday lineup reached or tied season highs across the board thanks to a big lead-in from the network’s late-afternoon NFL game. The Simpsons earned a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49, a full point better than its previous high for the season. Bob’s Burgers (1.8) was half a point ahead of its best outing of the season. Family Guy‘s 1.5 was also a season high, topping the 1.2 for last week and the season premiere, while Rel tied its high of 0.8.
The new multiplatform network, to debut in May 2019, has secured over-the-air distribution agreements with major local TV station group owners including Tribune, Scripps and Univision, giving Court TV coverage of more than 50% of U.S. television households at launch. Vinnie Politan will be the network’s lead anchor.
NBC’s Saturday Night Live, with host Jason Momoa, musical guest Mumford & Sons and Robert de Niro returning as Robert Mueller, averaged a 4.3 live+same day household rating in the metered markets and a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating in the markets with local people meters. That was up from the previous week’s show.
ESPN plans to announce it will move up the starting time of the nationally televised game by one hour, with the first pitch planned for shortly after 7 p.m. ET. The network intends to make the announcement on Monday at the winter meetings, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.