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Playmakers Hits Ratings Spike in Finale

ESPN’s beleaguered original series, Playmakers, scored a ratings touchdown with its Nov. 11 finale, but it still remains to be seen if the series will hit the field again for a second season.

ESPN executives said the final show of the 11-episode series generated a 2.23 rating, its highest performance since debuting in August with a 2.4 mark. The skein overall finished with a respectable 1.88 household rating, averaging more than 1.6 million viewers.

Despite its performance, the network has yet to renew the series for a second season. Many National Football League executives and players denounced the fictitious show about the lives of pro-football players as being unrealistic and for negatively portraying athletes.

An ESPN spokeswoman would not comment on a New York Post report Wednesday that the network will cancel the show to appease the league.