NBA Finals see decline in the U.S., but sets records in Canada

Toronto Raptors clinch title, but ratings down as expected south of the 49th parallel T Dog Media nearly hits viewership projection on target The Toronto Raptors clinched their first NBA title last week, but for ABC and ESPN, they weren’t exactly celebrating. But in Canada, Bell and Rogers were popping champagne corks and partying with the Raptors. Nielsen ratings show […]

What’s next for WGN-TV sports?

Sun-Times article talks about a future without sports on WGN as station, teams head into transition In 2016, WGN-TV decided to cut their ties to The CW and become an independent station once again, going all in on sports featuring the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks. Come October 2019, WGN might not have any sports on its schedule at […]

World Series rolls on with the Cubs

First two games show massive viewership increases as Chicago viewers turn out in droves As expected, the Chicago Cubs’ appearance in the World Series gave a lift to Fox and drew throngs of viewers to Fox-owned WFLD-TV. According to Nielsen, game two of the Cubs-Indians series drew a local 35.4 live-plus-same day household rating, up from the 34.1 drew the […]

T Dog’s Grab Bag: “Arsenio” to return for second season

Grab Baggin’- * It’s like good prevailing over evil: CBS Television Distribution announced the renewal of The Arsenio Hall Show for a second season Wednesday evening, with former Tonight Show host Jay Leno delivering the news to Arsenio in person (see above.) This comes as Arsenio has the youngest median age of any late night talk show¬†amid a recent ratings […]

Cubs, WGN-TV headed for breakup?

The Tribune Co. entered a new era on December 31, exiting bankruptcy after four years. Now it appears the new regime may be without one of its flagship station’s biggest draws. The Chicago Tribune reported on Sunday the Chicago Cubs may exit WGN-TV after the 2014 season, which could end a 66-year relationship with the Tribune-owned station. It seems changes […]

Bears-Falcons game beats the NLCS – in Los Angeles

While it was a given the Chicago Bears-Atlanta Falcons game would win Sunday Night’s local rating race, one place where it also wound up winning in the ratings was unexpected – in Los Angeles opposite a National League Championship Series playoff game – involving the Dodgers. The Bears-Falcons game on KNBC-TV in Los Angeles from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. […]

Chicago’s baseball teams did better on the tube than on the field

While Chicago’ baseball teams did not have a successful season on the field, they had some success on the tube. Sports Business Journal ranked the 2009 regular season of thirty teams, and the Chicago Cubs finished ninth among regional sports networks, with a 4.1 household rating – but this number was down 16% from 2008 numbers. Meanwhile, the Chicago White […]

T Dog’s Four Pack : The Baseball Edition

In honor of the start of another baseball season, we have an out-of-the-park edition of T Dog’s Four Pack: You can put it on the board, yes! – Super Saturday. All of Chicago’s four sports teams who played on Saturday (including the Bulls and Blackhawks, who are in the playoffs) hit a home run, with each winning their games. The […]

Yeah, I’m making a lot of friends…

Click here and scroll down. And I actually found myself defending Philadelphia. Ewwww…. (only kidding.) And maybe yours truly needs to tone down the know-it-all rhetoric a bit. It really gets you nowhere in life (if I want to make myself look like an ass, I’ll do it here and not on other boards…)

T Dog’s Groovy Grab Bag

– The ALCS Game 7 between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays on TBS last night drew a record-setting 13.4 million viewers, making it the highest-rated baseball game in cable TV history. Boston made a historic comeback in Game 5 being down 7-0 and winning the game 8-7, and winning Game 6. But the Rays beat Boston […]

Items of note

Usually this post would be called “T Dog’s Groovy Grab Bag”, a roundup of media notes, but an item here is a tragedy and it involves a helicopter and a radio tower: -Four people were killed Wednesday Night when a medical helicopter slammed into the radio tower in Aurora of west suburban WBIG-AM. Three adults and an one-year old were […]

Say goodbye to Cubs, Phillies

… and possibly to a decently-rated World Series if either the Yankees and/or Red Sox don’t advance in the playoffs. Look for the World Series to join the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Finals in the ratings dumpster if neither team makes it there.

10,000 reasons not to go to a Phillies game

This has nothing to do with media, but it’s worth noting: The Philadelphia Phillies lost their 10,000 game on Sunday losing to the St. Louis Cardinals. Must be a great landmark to lose more games than Charlie Brown’s baseball team.