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.

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.