It’s no secret ESPN has made a ridiculous push to become more progressive.
The network’s purge of almost all conservatives as well as their double standards in favor of leftist agitators like Jemele Hill is firm proof of such an agenda.
ESPN’s newest dedication to propaganda has already turned into a huge mistake.
ESPN pumped tons of money into a new morning show called “Get Up!” hosted by Mike Greenberg, Jalen Rose, and Michelle Beadle.
Greenberg went out of his way to assure audiences the show wouldn’t be about politics, but apparently, nobody believed him, as the ratings for the debut suggest the show is D.O.A.
Ratings for Monday’s debut of ESPN’s highly-anticipated new morning show, Get Up!, were dismal despite all the resources the network has put into its production.
ESPN has spent millions on Get Up!, paying the three hosts nearly $15 million, and it is hoping to have a long-term hit on its hands. However, its debut episode was nothing to write home about, ratings-wise, according to OutKick the Coverage.
As Outkick’s Clay Travis writes, the new morning show is “already a ratings disaster.”
“The show received tens of thousands fewer viewers than SportsCenter did last year on both ESPN and ESPN2. This means ESPN spent tens of millions of dollars to have less viewers than it did before this show even existed,” Travis wrote. “Ratings were down double digits over the same time last year.”
According to ShowBizDaily.com, Monday’s episode only garnered 283,000 viewers making it one of the lowest rated debuts for the cable sports network in years.
Worse, an episode of the children’s cartoon show Peppa Pig earned triple the ratings.
How bad was it for @espn? Peppa the Pig on Nickelodeon did triple the viewership of WokeCenter AM. Hope she’s making $45 million a year. This is yet another disaster for ESPN, which fired hundreds of people to spend hundreds of millions on this show: https://t.co/5bElepsvBR
As bad as the @espn ratings were I’m also told WokeCenter AM was down over 40% in 18-34 viewership. Over 40%! That’s almost impossible to pull off.
The show opened with a superhero spoof featuring hosts Mike Greenberg, Michelle Beadle, and Jalen Rose, sporting masks and capes to joke about the high expectations for the show. Indeed, in the show-opening spoof Greenberg tried to act as if social justice “wokeness” is not on the menu for the show, “Just normal sports stuff,” he said.
Jalen Rose, Michelle Beadle and Mike Greenberg head to the big screen in the official movie trailer for Get Up!.
The joke may have fallen as flat as the show’s new ratings.
Reviews of the show were not effusive instead pleading with audiences to give Get Up! time to develop. Outlets such as the Chicago Tribune, Awful Announcing, and The Ringer all hoped audiences would not judge the show only by its debut, meaning the opener was not scintillating even for those who wish it well.
ESPN’S “Get Up!” looks to be yet another boondoggle for the once-dominant sports network that now seems more interested in “wokeness.”
If the trend continues, a third wave of mass layoffs at ESPN could be in the offing.