The Worldwide Leader’s flagship show will be different moving forward.
A couple of weeks after laying off roughly 100 on-air talents, ESPN is making serious investment in its flagship show, SportsCenter.
The show’s ratings have been faltering, steadily, for several years now.
ESPN announced today that SportsCenter will be increasing its digital emphasis, while significantly changing its TV lineup for the show.
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The 11 p.m. show will feature big names.
Longtime SportsCenter anchors Steve Levy, Kenny Mayne, John Anderson and John Buccigross have signed new deals to continue with ESPN and will be the hosts of the 11 p.m. ET SportsCenter. For the first time in nearly a decade, Mayne will anchor from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., studios on a recurring basis beginning June 5. Two of the four will host most weeknight editions of the program as well as some weekends, and the new deals assure the creative core of SportsCenter’s signature postgame experience will remain intact for years to come.
Sage Steele will appear on the SC:AM show Monday-Thursday. The show will air seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
SportsCenter:AM will now be seven days a week, with Kevin Negandhi, Jay Harris, Randy Scott, Elle Duncan and Matt Barrie joining Steele as anchors. The Friday-Sunday shows will focus on the big sports action of the weekend and will identify fun, offbeat locations for weekend SportsCenter on the Road programs.
Michael Smith and Jemele Hill will continue to host their 6 p.m. show. Scott Van Pelt will continue to host his midnight show.
Here’s a look at the ratings in recent months:
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