The May ratings for Boston sports radio are out. Former morning man Kirk Minihane has declared WEEI “dead,” “f***ed,” and “irrelevant” after the spring ratings were released this week. In afternoon drive (2-6 p.m.), The Sports Hub’s “Felger & Massarotti” was first with a huge 16.9 share, nearly doubling up the second-place program, WZLX’s Chuck Nowlin-hosted show (8.7). “Listen? — The Kirk Minihane Show (@kirkminshow) July 9, 2020 Kirk Minihane, the host of the Kirk Minihane Show on the Barstool Sports podcast network, is taking a victory lap after the release of the spring ratings book that reflected the listenership, or specifically the lack thereof, for Boston sports radio station WEEI, his former employer. Stream, read and download WEEI 93.7 FM from any device on RADIO.com New England’s most entertaining and informative coverage of the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics & Bruins. The station had a low spring ratings book, one of its worst in 25 years, which led Minihane to stage a virtual funeral. WEEI’s “OMF” program was ninth (3.7, including 0.1 for its stream and no share from WVEI). Barrett Sports Media delivers news, advice, and opinion on the sports radio, TV, and print industries. Toucher & Rich have been the morning show staple at 98.5 since the station launched in 2009. Matt Jones To Serve As Election Analyst On Local TV, Boomer Esiason Gets Bigger Desk To One Up Craig Carton, Eric Nadel Gets 2 Year Extension From Rangers, Joe DeCamara Drops Epic Carson Wentz Rant, Story of a Lifetime…And Few Media on the Front Lines, Dave LaMont’s Status At ESPN Uncertain After Conference Call. In afternoon drive (2-6 p.m.), the Sports Hub’s “Felger & Massarotti” was first with a 16.0 share. The event was streamed live on The Kirk Minihane Network’s YouTube channel. WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” was fifth (6.5, including 0.9 from WVEI and 0.3 from its stream). The radio listening audience in Boston dropped approximately 40 percent in the spring compared to the previous six months. In morning drive (6-10 a.m.), The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich” show was first (12.0), despite being without host Fred Toucher for seven weeks, while he received treatment for alcohol dependency. The Sports Hub's weekday programs all finished tied for first or better in their time slots in the summer Nielsen Audio ratings, despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sports schedule. WEEI, which primarily has the “Mut at Night'' program in that window and would have had Red Sox games had they not been postponed, was tied for 13th (2.9, 0.0 from WVEI and streaming). In the spring Nielsen Audio ratings, which mostly coincided with the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that affected listeners’ habits, 98.5 The Sports Hub routed sports radio competitor WEEI (93.7). WEEI’s “Dale and Keefe” was seventh (4.2, including 0.3 from WVEI and 0.3 from its stream). 98.5’s Toucher & Rich: 13.5. The station had a low spring ratings book, one of its worst in 25 years, which led Minihane to stage a virtual funeral. Don’t give in,” Minihane said. And Kirk cries about Murchison. Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti (above) more than doubled their nearest competition in the 2-6 p.m. daypart, one of three Sports Hub shows to win their timeslot overall. Chad Finn can be reached at chad.finn@globe.com. The Sports Hub’s online stream is included in its share. “He also noted that any attempt to pin the numbers on the Cover-19 Pandemic is absurd, given the performance of cross-town rival, 98.5 the Sports Hub.”. Without that data included, flagship station WEEI 93.7 would have tied WGBH for eighth. 6-10 am. In the 7 p.m.-midnight window, The Sports Hub, which airs “The Adam Jones Show'' weeknights and had Bruins and Celtics games before their seasons were halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, was tied for third (6.4). “Bob Murchison is a mad man. Minihane didn’t let station management off the hook though. He dismissed the idea that the station’s low numbers were due to the Cover-19 Pandemic, pointing out that cross-town rival 98.5 the Sports Hub thrived during the same period. “Don’t turn your back on what you are and most important…don’t turn you back on your audience. WEEI, which had Red Sox broadcasts once the season began July 24 among other programming, was 10th (3.6, with no share for streaming or WVEI). WEEI was tied with WKLB for eighth with a 4.3 share. In middays (10 a.m-2 p.m.), the Sports Hub’s “Zolak & Bertrand” show took first (13.7), while WEEI’s “Dale and Keefe” show was seventh (4.4 including 0.1 for the stream and 0.1 for WVEI). Copyright Barrett Sports Media © All rights reserved. October 2020 PPM 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12mid Population: 4,376,900 (Black: 356,600) (Hispanic: 507,100) Last Updated: 10-27-20 (Nielsen Subscribing Stations Only) The event was streamed live on The Kirk Minihane Network’s YouTube channel. In the previous three-month ratings stretch covering the winter, The Sports Hub earned an 11.9 share to WEEI’s 6.4. The Sports Hub’s online stream is included in its share. WEEI’s Greg Hill Show: 6.6. In the 7 p.m.-midnight period, The Sports Hub, which airs “The Adam Jones Show” as well as Celtics and Bruins games weeknights, was tied for first (8.1) with WXKS (or Kiss 108) programming. WEEI was 11th in that hour (3.0, no share from WVEI or streaming). They allowed this mad man to do this!”. The Sports Hub (98.5) earned an 11.2 share overall in the targeted men 25-54 demographic from the period of June 18-Sept. 9 to finish first. Above from left, Michael Felger, his wife, Fox 25 morning news anchor Sara Underwood, Tony Massarotti, and Jim Murray. The Sports Hub is also the radio home of the Patriots, while WEEI has the Red Sox. He returned to Entercom as part of the company’s Radio.com podcast network, but exited in May of 2019 to join Barstool. By BSM Staff / July 9, 2020. WEEI finished eighth with a 4.5 share. “Yes, I do.”. WEEI’s number includes its online stream (0.2) and the share it gets from Providence-based WVEI (103.7) in the Boston market (0.2). Without that data included, flagship station WEEI 93.7 would have been ninth (3.9). Funny…between WEEI and MInihane, who is on the air today? In morning drive (6-10 a.m.), The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich” show was first (12.0), despite being without host Fred Toucher for seven weeks while he received treatment for alcohol dependency. In morning drive (6-10 a.m.), The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich” show was first (12.7). WEEI’s number includes its online stream (0.2) as well as the share it gets from Providence-based WVEI (103.7) from listeners located in the Boston market (0.2). “Do I take some personal satisfaction knowing that station is completely f***ed?” Minihane asked rhetorically. WEEI, which had Red Sox broadcasts once the season began July 24 among other programming, was 10th (3.6, with no share for streaming or WVEI). It featured Kirk and his staff reading eulogies and saying prayers for the station, and not holding back any criticism. You can be cordial without being a doormat.

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