A few afternoon notes and nuggets…
NESN earned its highest season opener rating in network history last night with a 19.7 household rating (475,000 households) in the Boston DMA. The rating is the 5th highest rating in NESN’s history and highest game rating since August 28, 2007. NESN’s Red Sox coverage was the top rated program in the Boston DMA in every major demographic category including an 11.3 rating for women 25-54.
The previous best season opener rating was set last year when NESN earned a 17.9 household rating for the Red Sox 5-3 opening day victory over Tampa Bay on April 6, 2009.
NESN also set an opening day record by earning a 7.1 rating for the network’s pre-game show Olympia Sports presents The Boston Globe Red Sox GameDay Live. The previous best opening day pre-game rating was a 4.3, also recorded on April 6, 2009.
98.5 The Sportshub began the post-Gary Tanguay era this morning, as Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak debuted their new show. Zolak had nothing but praise for his former partner, and with Gresh now by his side, spoke about the fact that it was nice to bring another person in that he had a history with. Zolak and Gresh worked together at WSKO in Providence, and have done (along with Tanguay) the Patriots pre and post-game shows for WBCN and 98.5 for a number of years.
I’m a little surprised this move was made so quickly, not even a year into the station’s existence. It doesn’t seem like a good sign for stability there, and really, what is the difference going to be between Gresh and Tanguay, other than the fact that Tanguay had a much better radio voice? They both bring the same style to the table. After a promising start, it appears there are some struggles going on at the new station.
There are a lot of rumors out there about 98.5, including one that has Pete Sheppard hoping on board sometime next month, but at this point, all we know for sure is that Tanguay is out. Will he be part of the Patriots programming this fall? Since those broadcasts are run by the club, you very well might hear Tanguay back on the 98.5 airwaves later this summer for those broadcasts.
Check Patriots Daily today for Chris Warner’s Q&A With Memphis RB Curtis Steele.
Don’t expect much of a Big Show on WEEI today, at least not for the first two hours, as the Tiger Woods press conference and the Josh Beckett press conference from Fenway (also on NESN and CSNNE) figure to fill much of the airtime.
I enjoyed a pair of Mike Reiss posts today, first, he did some film work, and gives some thoughts on new Patriot Damione Lewis, (Some good analysis from Albert Breer as well.) and then questioning himself as regards the Patriots course of action with Asante Samuel.
Kgb (you may have seen their TV ads) will be sponsoring a team trivia question segment during NESN’s Red Sox pre-game show this season. Viewers of Olympia Sports presents The Boston Globe Red Sox Gameday Livewill be encouraged to text in the answer to that day’s kgb Red Sox question as well as submit a baseball question of their own that could be featured during a later telecast. This regular segment will be called the NESN.com Question of the Day powered by kgb.
I can’t express how happy I am to see that Dennis Johnson wil be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and saddened still that he won’t be there to experience it.
As we begin another season, be sure to also check out Jon Couture’s Red Sox Reloaded – Game 1 (@Sox 9, NYY 7) , Jon puts together a great wrapup after each game, including player ratings, and keeps track of those over the course of the season.