At least for a few more weeks, any real sports news is a much-needed gift for the daily studio shows. They were given that Tuesday after the news broke the day before that Patrick Mahomes signed a record-breaking, make-you-faint 10-year, $503 deal.
Here were the shows that made the top 150, via ShowBuzzDaily:
- First Take —271,000
- 12:45 p.m — SportsCenter, 195,000
- Get Up — 212,000
- Undisputed — 143,000
- The Herd — 107,000
- Speak for Yourself — 79,000
Around the Horn, airing on ESPN2, was watched by 94,000. However, the news came out before its airing on Monday.
The Mahomes deal didn’t give the shows the boost they were likely hoping for. Compared to the week before, to pick two, First Take was actually down from 308,000, while Get Up was up from 198,000. There wasn’t much change across the board.
Cam Newton’s signing didn’t provide a noticeable increase in viewership last Monday, either.
Part of this, though, is a credit to Mahomes. He’s so good that even a deal that reshapes the history of sports isn’t debatable. No credible host was going to ask if he’s worth it. Of course, he is. If you were to write the script of the greatest football player ever, the first three years would mirror Mahomes’ start.
Mahomes has pulled so far away from the pack, ESPN is selling its QB list by asking who is second.
When was the last time the intrigue started at No. 2?
'The kid played his a– off' but 'he's not a guy you have a lot of confidence in him doing it consistently (with his arm).'
Why NFL personnel voted Lamar Jackson No. 6 in the QB rankings. https://t.co/q3UiYGNsRB
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) July 9, 2020
What’s more, the sports shows are facing the cable news programs that continue to be on-fire from morning until night:
Cable News Ratings Tue Jul 7
Primetime (8-11 pm)
1⃣Fox News 3,740,000
3⃣CNN 1,684,333 pic.twitter.com/3DsnzHiY4q
— RoadMN (@RoadMN) July 9, 2020
Disclosure: Outkick’s founder Clay Travis is an on-air personality at FS1.