As rumors of a serious car crash involving Tiger Woods circled social media early Tuesday afternoon, it was eerily reminiscent of the day Kobe Bryant died thirteen months ago.
Two transcendent sports superstars with checkered pasts, who were able to reconstruct their public perceptions, involved in Los Angeles area accidents. Fortunately for Woods, as more information was released, the news improved.
Immediately after the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Tiger was in a car accident, Twitter was overloaded with “hope he’s OK” tweets. Even as we learned the injuries were not life-threatening, there was genuine concern for the iconic golfer as his headline dominated the Tuesday afternoon news cycle, especially in sports media.
ESPN is best equipped of any sports network to cover a breaking news event, but it still takes time to make the transition from their regularly scheduled shows. On Tuesday, Rachel Nichols and The Jump awkwardly held down the interim.
Ultimately, ESPN moved their regularly scheduled programming, The Jump, NFL Live, Around The Horn and PTI to ESPN2, instead airing SportsCenter coverage of Tiger. Matt Barrie anchored the Tiger-focused edition of SportsCenter throughout the afternoon with Ramona Shelburne offering local reports from the California hospital where Tiger underwent surgery.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
SEC on CBS Draws College Football’s Most-Watched Game for Third Straight Week
Alabama-Arkansas drew an average of 5.828 million viewers, making it the most-watched Alabama-Arkansas game in 12 years.
Alabama-Arkansas drew an average of 5.828 million viewers, making it the most-watched Alabama-Arkansas game in 12 years. That game also peaked at nearly 7 million viewers at one point.
FOX Scores Another Big College Football Weekend
Saturday’s broadcast of Michigan-Iowa drew 4,198,000 viewers on FOX.
FOX continues to grabs heaps of viewers for its prime viewing window of college football coverage.
Saturday’s broadcast of Michigan-Iowa drew 4,198,000 viewers on FOX. To date, thru five weeks of the college football season, Big Noon Saturday is averaging 5,767,000 viewers, the most-watched window in college football.
NFL Ratings on CBS Off to Best Start Since 2010
That number buoys the network to an average of 18.559 million viewers over the first four games of the season.
The NFL of CBS is behemoth to start the 2022 season. This past weekend saw the more massive ratings for the network.
Sunday’s national game window, which was led the Patriots-Packers overtime game, averaged 24.647 million viewers which was the most-watched Week 4 window on CBS since 1998, when the NFL returned to CBS. It’s also a ratings increase of 8% from last season.
That number buoys the network to an average of 18.559 million viewers over the first four games of the season, CBS‘ best start to a season since 2010.