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Posted on April 23 2011 2:00 pm
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.

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3. Olbermann Improves Sunday Football Night in America by His Absence


Here is the first of the stories in which Keith not being around made the biggest impact.

Sunday Night Football has been the number one show on American television for months now, and it’s lead in, Football Night in America has become the best—and most popular—highlights show.

ESPN’s Monday Night Football did very well this year, but stayed even with last year’s best ratings for the network.  NBC’s Sunday Night Broadcast, however, has made a double digit leap in ratings.

The only big change in Sunday Night?  No Keith Olbermann.

As I posted recently:

First, the pregame show:  Instead of Keith trying to interject himself with awkward “humor,” the show now runs smoothly with the best lineup on sports TV– Longtime ESPN anchor Dan Patrick, facilitating a great discussion with two very appealing NFL greats, former Colts Coach Tony Dungy and hard-hitting retired Patriots safety Rodney Harrison.

You might say, that’s the pregame show, that has nothing to do with the ratings of the game, which is what came in #1.

But the pregame show is a very important lead-in to the game, setting the tone for the night andbuilding up interest in the game itself.  And don’t forget, Keith also was forced into the halftime highlights, as well.

Smug and sarcastic don’t really work with an NFL broadcast, particularly when a fair amount of every big game is dedicated to troops watching from overseas, and conspicuous displays of patriotism.

And the proof is in the Christmas pudding.  The ratings don’t lie.  The game matchups are not any better than last year– several teams that were supposed to be good this year have been spectacular flops– and the game location anchors, led by the venerable Al Michaels and Bob Costas, are the same.

Olbermann wasn’t happy anyone noticed, he tweeted:

I was never ON SNF, just pre-game, Morons RT @NewsRealBlog Sunday Night Football Ratings up Without Olbermann http://ht.ly/3tj65 #NFL#tcot

Nice reading skills, Keith.  Note the mention of the pregame and highlights segments…

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