Potpourri: Versus Cancels The Daily Line


Recent sports media news, including Versus canceling The Daily Line, a double-digit rise for John Wall‘s NBA debut on TNT, and FOX using Justin Bieber on its World Series coverage.

  • Idle Note: Less than a year after its debut, Versus has canceled The Daily Line, reports Sports Business Daily. The move is a result of the shows “anemic ratings,” as just over 50,000 viewers tuned in to each episode — with as few as 8,000 watching an episode in late September. (Sports Business Daily)
  • Ratings Game: Thursday’s Wizards/Magic game, featuring the debut of Wizards G John Wall in a blowout loss, earned a 1.1 U.S. rating and 1.534 million viewers on TNT — up 22% in ratings and 15% in viewership from last year (SAS/CHI: 0.9, 1.336 mil). In the nightcap, Suns/Jazz drew a 1.0 and 1.423 million, even in ratings and down 4% in viewership from last year (POR/DEN: 1.0, 1.489 mil). Five of the first six NBA games on national TV have had double-digit increases in ratings and viewership. (TV By The Numbers)
  • Big Name: FOX has tapped celebrity Justin Bieber as a special guest star, of sorts, for Saturday’s Game 3 of the World Series. The network will premiere Bieber’s latest music video during its pregame show. (FOX press release from TV By The Numbers)