Bill Simmons Rumors
The Ringer, his sports+pop culture website and podcast network, is still finding its footing. But Simmons says it is already making money — enough to support a staff of 65 full-time employees. Really? “Fuck yeah,” says Simmons, slouched comfortably on a couch in his office/podcast studio. “The one thing that’s not a problem for us is money.”
Everyone is surprised by that. Because no one believes that there’s that much money in podcasting. Bill Simmons: Really? Go ask some people. We have really successful podcasts. Not just mine. But The Ringer NBA show is like 140,000, 150,000 listeners per show. Channel 33’s like 125,000 per show. Ringer NFL is like almost 100,000. You go on down the line …
Bill Simmons’s new HBO show, “Any Given Wednesday,” has struggled to gain much of a foothold in its first season. The criticisms of it are varied: The format stinks; viewers have tired of his hackneyed Boston fanboy-isms; his style is better suited for print or podcast; what’s with all the Michael Rapaport?; he just isn’t very good on TV. Whatever the reason, the show has not been a success in the ratings department, and on Wednesday night far fewer people tuned in than ever before.
Former Thunder forward Kevin Durant is scheduled to appear on HBO’s “Any Given Wednesday” with Bill Simmons on … Wednesday. Simmons, formerly a columnist at ESPN, is a long-time critic of the Thunder’s decision to trade James Harden in 2012, calling it days after the deal “one of the all-time catastrophic basketball decisions.”
Bill Simmons new HBO show, “Any Given Wednesday,” is off to bad reviews and even worse ratings after five episodes. The show bottomed out last week, as a paltry 163,000 people viewed the 30-minute infomercial for fellow HBO programs, “Vice Principals” and “The Night Of.” To put that number in perspective, HBO’s two headliners, Bill Maher and John Oliver, both currently average over four million viewers per episode. It’s safe to say HBO expected a bigger audience when they handed Simmons a three-year, $20 million deal last summer.