Berman’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” remained the most watched NFL pregame show from 11 a.m. to 12 last season, averaging 1.47 million viewers,, according to ESPN’s Bill Hofheimer. The two-hour show, airing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, competed against both “Fox NFL Kickoff” and “Fox NFL Sunday” as well as Cheap Islanders Jerseys CBS Sports’ “The NFL Today.”
ESPN is not standing pat with its flagship NFL pregame show, either. Besides giving Ponder the big chair, ESPN added ex-NFL coach Rex Ryan to the revamped crew of Randy Moss, Charles Woodson, Matt Hasselbeck, Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen and Louis Riddick.
However, those who keep insisting that it’s too early to predict doom for this defense, and who keep rewinding the trash talk after the similar early-season beatdown by the Chiefs in 2014, should remember that the season isn’t as long as it seems on opening day.
It’s going to look much shorter if they lay another egg against Drew Brees and the Saints at the Superdome on Sept. 17. The window can close fast, especially when you give up 500 yards a game. They gave up 537 to the Chiefs, the most a Bill Belichick-coached Patriots team has ever surrendered. The 42 points surrendered were also a Belichick-era worst.
But Thompson’s “Fox NFL Kickoff” was a programming bright spot. The Cheap Jerseys AUStralia show averaged 1.341 million viewers and a 0.9 household TV rating, up 14 percent from 1.181 million viewers and the 0.8 rating the year before.