MARCH 14, 2019

The Bassmasters TV Show Debuts To Top Ratings On Pursuit Channel

The Bassmasters TV Show Debuts To Top Ratings On Pursuit Channel

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Bassmasters TV Show, one of the newest fishing programs in the lineup of the fast-growing Pursuit Channel, delivered an immediate impact, Pursuit and B.A.S.S. announced in a joint statement.

During January, when the long-running Bassmasters show debuted during weekend mornings, Pursuit Channel reached 1.9 million viewers, up 6 percent year to year. The Channel also saw an increase in reach with adults 25-54 by 21 percent.

“Bassmaster proves once again it is the destination for anglers looking for excitement and the next tactic to improve their angling ability,” said Rusty Faulk, CEO of Pursuit Channel. “The Bassmasters TV program is consistently among the top-rated programming on Pursuit Channel. This should be no surprise to anyone as it is the authority on bass fishing.”

“We had high expectations that The Bassmasters would resonate with outdoor sports enthusiasts who subscribe to Pursuit Channel,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “But the viewership numbers were more than double our projections, and these were for previously aired shows featuring some of our current Elite Series anglers.”

B.A.S.S. and Pursuit Channel signed a multiyear agreement late last year providing for 26 episodes of Bassmaster Elite Series and Bassmaster Classic programming to be aired on Saturdays in the first half of each year, with those shows repeating the following Sunday mornings and at other times during the week.

“The first and second quarters are key times to air fishing programming on television,” said Mike McKinnis, vice president of media content of JM Associates and producer of Bassmaster LIVE and The Bassmasters. “That’s when avid anglers are fishing, and thinking about fishing, and stocking up on the latest lures and tackle items.”

“This strong and growing audience of hardcore sportfishing enthusiasts tuning in on the Pursuit Channel, combined with the many competition-minded sports fans following us on ESPN2 and ESPN Classic, means we are reaching a powerful and diverse group of fans and consumers,” Akin added. “The additional exposure on Pursuit Channel is helping tens of thousands more fishing fans to get to know and admire our Elite Series anglers and their sponsors. And it’s great to see that those fans have become such loyal followers of The Bassmastersso quickly.”

The Bassmasters, currently entering its 35th season, covers the prestigious Bassmaster Elite Series and its 10-event national tour. Original shows will continue to air on ESPN2, as they have for 20 years.

Pursuit Channel reaches the largest universe of true HD homes and is active nationally via DIRECTV HD, AT&T HD, DISH Network, Fios by Verizon HD and Centurylink Prism HD, Cox Communication and National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC). Since subscribing to Nielsen for its reporting early in 2018, Pursuit added more than 4 million households. In addition, PursuitUp is the only outdoor network with a free digital platform featuring VOD of all episodes that previously aired live on the channel. The PursuitUp app can be downloaded on ROKU, Amazon Fire TV, iPhone and Androids.

**Source: Nielsen; Pursuit Channel; Live +3Days; Dec 31, 2018- January 27, 2019 or as dated; Sat-Sun 9A-4P; NPower: Total Reach based on 1 minute qualifier.

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport. With more than 510,000 members internationally, B.A.S.S. is not only home to the nation’s premier fishing tournament trails, but it also boasts the most expansive and comprehensive media network in the fishing industry. Its media include The Bassmasters on the ESPN networks, more than 130 hours of tournament programming on the Pursuit Channel, 250 hours of on-the-water streaming coverage on Bassmaster LIVE and 1 million monthly visitors to the flagship website on bass fishing – Bassmaster.com. B.A.S.S. also provides more than 4.4 million readers with the best in bass fishing coverage through Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times, and its radio and social media programs and events reach hundreds of thousands each month.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, culminating in the ultimate event on the biggest stage for competitive anglers, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. The trail also includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, BassPro.com Bassmaster Open Series, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, and the Bassmaster Team Championship.

Media Contact: Dave Precht, 205-313-0931, dprecht@bassmaster.com | Gettys Brannon, 864-490-7864, gettys@mcalistercommunications.com