With viewer numbers slumping, ESPN has decided to change things up, especially when it comes to its morning lineup. Deadline.com reports that the morning flagship “First Take,” where ratings are down since the departure of Skip Bayless five months ago, will move from ESPN2 to ESPN starting Jan. 3.
“First Take,” which now pits Stephen A. Smith against Max Kellerman, will bump ESPN’s morning “SportsCenter” block.
“The two hours of ‘SportsCenter’ that airs from 10 AM-noon ET, will move to ESPN2, also on January 3,” Deadline notes. “‘SportsCenter Face to Face,’ an interview-based program hosted by Hannah Storm, will air from 10-11 AM. The two-hour ‘SportsCenter Coast to Coast,’ hosted by David Lloyd in Bristol and Cari Champion in Los Angeles, will air [starting] from 11-noon on ESPN2.”
Hour two of “SportsCenter Coast to Coast” will continue to air on ESPN, except Jan. 3-6, when the final week of “His & Hers” will air on ESPN from noon-1 p.m.
Starting Feb. 6, “His & Hers” co-hosts Jemele Hill and Michael Smith will take over as co-anchors of “SportsCenter” on ESPN at 6 p.m.