Open Championship A Ratings Win For ESPN

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

This past weekend’s broadcast of the Open Championship on ESPN and the ESPN family of networks set a new cable viewership record for the network.  The final round of play from 8am – 1:30pm brought the network a U.S. rating of 3.1 with a total of four million three hundred and seventy-two thousand viewers.  That number tied the network’s rating set in the final round of 2012’s Open Championship for a cable telecast of the event.  It surpassed last year’s total viewership of four million, seven hundred and seventy-two thousand viewers.  Sunday’s overall coverage of the Open Championship third round is the third highest-rated coverage for of all golf telecasts on cable.  It comes in third behind the 2008 U.S. Open playoff 2010 Masters first round.  The coverage in question was the match in which golf phenom Tiger Woods had returned after his cheating scandal.  Saturday’s overall coverage ranks ninth overall in the numbers of cable golf coverage.

Saturday’s broadcast from 9am – 2:47pm earned ESPN a 2.7 U.S. house hold rating, averaging three million seven hundred and seventy-six thousand viewers.  That beat out 2012’s third round coverage rating of 2.6 U.S. household rating with three million five hundred and forty-five thousand viewers.  This year’s rating marks the highest-rated and highest-viewed coverage of the third-round of the Open Championship for ESPN.

 ABC also performed well in its encore broadcast of the championship over the weekend.  It pulled in a 1.4 rating, up from 2012’s 1.3 in metered market ratings.  Sunday’s telecast pulled a 1.6 metered market rating.  That was even with last year’s broadcast. 

Ratings for ESNP’s digital coverage of the Open Championship were also up across the board.  That includes ESPN.com, Fantasy, Mobile ESPN Web, ScoreCenter, and WatchESPN.  ESPN.com’s Golf section saw an average of 890,000 daily unique visitors over the weekend.  That’s up twenty-two percent.  It saw an average minutes per day of nine point three million minutes per day on the section.  That is an increase of sixty-five percent. 

In its mobile coverage, ESPN mobile web averaged seven point six million minutes per day during the Championship.  That is an increase of thirty-two percent.  The Golf section on the ScoreCenter app averaged four hundred and thirteen thousand daily unique visitors.  This is an increase of one hundred and seven percent.  It saw an average of two million minutes per day (up one hundred and five percent).  Solidifying ESPN’s digital coverage, the combined numbers from WatchESPN and ESPN3 pulled in seventy-four point eight million total minutes through the Championship, up twenty-one percent compared to 2012’s coverage of the Open Championship. 

ESPN’s television golf telecasts of the Open Championship hold nine of the ten positions, including the top five. 

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Nordegren Speaks on Woods In New Us Weekly Interview

Courtesy:  Us Weekly Magazine

Courtesy: Us Weekly Magazine

Roughly three years have passed since golfer Tiger Woods and his now ex-wife Elin Nordegren divorced as a result of Woods’ cheating scandal.  But ask Nordegren, and she will tell anyone that there are still some very hurt feelings.  In an interview with Us Weekly magazine, Nordegren notes that she “hates Lindsey Vonn and everything about this romance.”

The thirty-seven year old Woods and his current romantic interest started dating in fall 2012.  They went public with their relationship this past March.  Among the couples dates were outings to NYC’s Met Gala this past May and a handful out dates with Woods’ children, five-year old Sam and four-year old Charlie, whom he had with Nordegren.

Nordegren goes on to note in her interview with Us Weekly magazine that she is “angry Tiger even has visitation rights to the kids.”  Nordegren herself has allegedly gotten back into the dating pool, according to the article.  It notes that she has been spotted with coal magnate Chris Cline earlier this year.  Cline is said to live near Nordegren’s $12 million beach side estate in North Palm Beach, Florida.

When asked what Woods thinks of her feelings over what has happened, Nordegren noted that “he doesn’t care about her” and that “He’s so egotistical.” 

On the other side of things, Vonn has spoken on her relationship with Woods saying that being in the public eye has “been difficult and interesting…But we’re dealing with it and we’re happy and that’s all that matters.”

More on this can story and many others can be read at http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/elin-nordegren-hates-lindsey-vonn-angry-at-tiger-woods-201376#ixzz2VYMlTw2E.

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Fluffy Definitely Did It Again With His Show’s Second Season

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Courtesy: Comedy Central/Paramount/Fluffy, Inc.

Gabriel Iglesias is back.  And he didn’t just do it again.  He is doing it again.  He is making audiences laugh till they cry with his irreverent brand of comedy.  And he’s not alone.  He’s brought some friends along for the ride in the second season of his show, Stand-Up Revolution.  Some of the comics presenting this season were on board for the show’s inaugural season.  Others are new to the show.  Regardless of whether they’re new or not, Gabriel’s fellow comics bring down the house with their acts.  Trevor Noah starts things off with some of the biggest laughs of Season Two.  This child of a Swiss father and black mother jumps right into the deep end, making jokes about his own mixed heritage and uses it for his act.  There are cultural jokes that to say the least, will likely offend some.  To those with an open mind, those individuals will be left laughing so hard they cry.  He even makes a joke about the status of other mixed celebrities in America such as Tiger Woods, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, and even the President himself.  Iglesias and the show’s heads made the right choice starting off season Two with Noah.

Noah’s standup act is well worth its own laughs.  Iglesias adds even more laughs when he comes up on stage after Noah is done.  He shares a story about a joke that he and some immigration officers played on Noah when the pair were touring together.  That story is something that audiences simply have to hear for themselves.  Much like so much of what audiences are offered throughout Season Two’s six episodes, this story is hilarious, and will leave audiences rolling with laughter.

The laughs keep rolling from there throughout Season Two’s six half hour episodes.  While Trevor Noah was a fitting open to Season Two, his act was only a precursor to some even bigger laughs from the likes of Ian Bagg, Wyl Sylvince and Alfred Nobles.  Both Bagg and Nobles have their own jokes about the Catholic church’s child molestation scandal.  Nobles takes things one step farther, making a joke about how to get more people into a church that he had to go to as a result of trying to get his girlfriend back.  What that is certainly won’t be repeated here.  But again, anyone who appreciates a joke will be left laughing and almost out of breath at his suggestion.  It doesn’t do justice to say that it is politically incorrect.

While Wyl Sylvince doesn’t touch on religious issues, his act stands out as one of the best from Season Two.  What better fodder is there for a stand up act than one’s own family?  And Sylvince takes full advantage of that, sharing a laugh riot anecdote about his Haitian family.  He especially goes after his parents.  Again, the material in this act is not something that can be repeated here.  But to put it politely, Sylvince makes fun of his father’s accent, using it to illustrate why he had trouble in his English classes as a boy growing up in the U.S.  The anecdote that he uses is something that is not entirely appropriate for younger viewers.  But it will leave older audiences in stitches.  There’s even a joke about how his mother would talk to him and his siblings when she wanted something.  Anyone not laughing at this joke has no sense of humor whatsoever.

Wyl Sylvince, Ian Bagg, and Trevor Noah make for countless laughs throughout the course of Stand-Up Revolution Season Two.  They aren’t the only ones to create so much comedy.  Audiences will also enjoy the different brands of comedy from the likes of Dov Davidoff, Nick Guerra, Pablo Francisco and Gina Yashere.  Each one brings their own original material that everyone will enjoy in one way or another.  And audiences can enjoy each comedian’s act now in this laugh riot single disc presentation as it’s available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered online direct via the Comedy Central store at http://shop.comedycentral.com/Gabriel-Iglesias-Presents-StandUp-Revolution-Season/A/B009K23LOQ.htm.  Whether ordering online or buying it in store, fans can also get all the latest news and more from Gabriel Iglesias online at his official website, http://fluffyguy.com or on his official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/GabrielIglesias

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New PGA dvd documents a “major” moment in time

Golf, it’s said, is the gentleman’s game.  And since the PGA was founded April 10th, 1916, many gentleman have come through its ranks.  Those names go all the way back to the winner of the inaugural PGA Championship, James M. Barnes.  The PGA Championship was the first of what would become one of the PGA’s “majors.”  In 1934, another of the “majors” began, and has since brought the name of many gentlemen to fame.  That tournament was the Masters Tournament.  Horton Smith won the very first tournament, beating Craig Wood to take that title.  Since then, the Masters Tournament has brought many more names to prominence among the PGA’s ranks, including legends Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. The pair combined for a total of ten Masters titles since Palmer took his first title in 1957.  Now, fifty-five years after Palmer won his first title, members and fans of the PGA could very well be looking at another legend in the making after the conclusion of this year’s Masters Tournament.  His name is Bubba Watson.  And thanks to the people at A&E TV, at&t, ExxonMobile and IBM, fans of the PGA can re-live Watson’s unexpected win at this year’s tournament in the dvd release of “Highlights of the 2012 Masters Tournament.”

“Highlights of the 2012 Masters Tournament” takes fans through the tournament from the pre-tournament festivities to the amazing final battle for the title between Watson and South African Louis Oosthuizen.  Along the way, the dvd takes fans on the up and down journey throughout each round.  The final score of each round highlights that there was no clear cut leader.  Each round saw a diferent golfer at the top of the leaderboard.  Fans can watch as Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods struggle through the first round.  Their troubles, combined with Henrik Stenson’s collapse late in the first round set up what would become the start of Watson’s weekend rise.

The ups and downs of the tournament aren’t all that make this brand new dvd so enjoyable for golfers and fans of the “gentleman’s sport.”  Fans learn that the 2012 Masters tournament was recorded on a total of twenty-eight 3-D cameras.  It’s noted that the setup was the largest production of its kind.  That in itself is impressive.  Just as impressive is how this final product was edited and assembled for fans, including the soundbites added throughout the highlights.  Those soundbites really helped to emphasize the emotion being felt by the competitors.  The note of the production and the soundbites aren’t the only extra pieces of information that fans get in watching this documentary.  Audiences also learn that the double eagle shot by Oosthuizen in the final round was the first ever on television.  In small part, that may be seemingly irrelevant to anything.  But in the grand scheme of things, it shows how rare such a feat is, and for that matter, how rarely such a feat has ever been recorded.  That being the case, even such a small piece of information plays a big role in the overall presentation of this dvd. 

The doube eagle shot by Oosthuizen was one of many wonderful moments in this year’s Masters tournament.  ANother wonderful moment was watching Watson as he received his first ever green jacket, and the press conference that followed.  He openly professed his faith, and talked frankly with reporters about the tournament, adoption, and life in general.  He showed that he was just an average person who got lucky enough to be where he was.  He seemed to break the sterotypical mold of PGA pros and relate to the average fan and viewer.  Those moments are exactly what the PGA needs to bring in a whole new audience.  And having added them in their entirety as bonus features here makes the overall dvd presentation all the better.

The 2012 Masters Tournament was one of the greatest tournaments in PGA history.  From the weather, to the the ups and downs of tournament favorites, to the unlikely win of Bubba Watson, this new DVD documents it all, in a timely fashion.  The general presentation clocks in at just under an hour.  It all combines for what is a wonderful introduction to the sport for new fans, and an equally wonderful walk down memory lane for fans who have been watching the sport for a very long time.

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