Peyton Manning is very pleased with the Manningcast

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Now that his 2021 duties with ESPN have ended, Peyton Manning has been popping up on the Peacock network. Following a superb appearance on Saturday Night Live (it’s worth your time to watch it), Manning appeared Monday on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Via Sports Business Daily, Manning talked among other things about the Manningcast, the Monday night alternative to the main ESPN feed.

“We were real happy that ESPN kind of wanted to do something different,” Peyton said. “Eli and I thought they were joking, like, ‘Wait a minute, you’re going to pay us to watch football with my brother from our house? . . . This sounds like a lot of fun and a pretty good deal.’ We get to be home on the weekends with our kids and coach their sports and still stay close to the game of football, talking about it in a fun way. We had some great guests on this year, all people that love football.”

The Manningcast was well received by social media and actual media, but the numbers weren’t spectacular. The vast majority of Monday night viewers opted for the main broadcast. The Manningcast, frankly, too often distracted from the game.

That’s possibly why the Mannings didn’t see a jump in viewership for the ESPN playoff game between the Cardinals and Rams. Of the total viewers, 93.9 percent tuned in for the main broadcast on ESPN and ABC. Only 6.1 percent watched the Manningcast.

They’re under contract for two more years with ESPN. Amazon reportedly is interested in snatching the Mannings for Thursday Night Football. Still, the Mannings seem to relish the chance to work games without working games. Whatever they do, it surely would take a lot more money than whatever they’re currently getting to get them to climb into a broadcast booth.

16 responses to “Peyton Manning is very pleased with the Manningcast

  1. I watched several Monday Night football games solely because of the Manningcast. It needs some tweaking and they need to put better technology into it so the guest isn’t on a delay and they all end up stepping all over each other, but other than that it was great.

  2. hard to sit through when you wanna watch football and they wanna talk about pretty much anything but.

  3. There are strings attached to taking a booth job with Amazon. The Mannings have their money in a lot of different areas. Might not be so simple as cutting a check more than what ESPN pays.

  4. I enjoy the Manningcast. It is a nice change from the usual broadcast. Just let me know when you have Brady on next yr, so I can tune in to the usual broadcast.

  5. The novelty has already worn off. The conversation quickly steers to the guests on the show, ignoring the game. It has become another talk show. And the conversation is forced when they run out of things to say. And the jokes are really bad and not funny.

  6. I wish he’d yell “Omaha!” and then disappear. I liked him as a player. I’ve had enough of him to last several lifetimes with his post playing tv career. Disappear.

  7. I enjoyed them. Wouldn’t watch it for a game I really cared about (ie Packers or playoffs) but other than that I’m in.

  8. Its more of a statement at how lackluster the regular broadcast is with the 3 man booth they have than the quality of the Manningcast was….

  9. This is the perfect alternative to a boring, 28-3 Monday night blowout. Good interaction between hayseed Peyton and the much more urbane Eli.

  10. Eli makes the show. There is no show without Eli. If it were just Peyton, it would feel like a boring college lecture.

  11. I think they need to add Cooper next year. He’ll stir the pot and fill in the dead air spaces.

  12. The MC was a show. I DVRed it and watch later in segments. Would be stupid to get rid of; it’s like a bonus to the main game telecast.

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