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ESPN announces new guest hosts on 'Get Up' for football season

Alex Reimer
August 22, 2018 - 5:35 pm

ESPN is adding numerous college football and NFL analysts to its struggling marquee morning show in an apparent effort to boost its sagging ratings.

Starting Sept. 3, five different football pundits will have hosting stints on “Get Up” throughout the week. The following Monday, Sept. 10, the program’s six NFL pundits will be introduced.

Most notably, Rex Ryan and new analyst Victor Cruz will join every Monday, Damien Woody will stop by on Wednesdays and Adam Schefter will have a stint on Thursdays. The full list of guests is below, per the network's press release:

College football:
Mondays – Dan Orlovsky
Tuesdays – Jesse Palmer
Wednesdays – Paul Finebaum
Thursdays – Marcus Spears
Fridays – Jonathan Vilma

Mondays – Rex Ryan and Victor Cruz
Tuesdays – Ryan Clark
Wednesdays – Damien Woody
Thursdays – Adam Schefter
Fridays - Louis Riddick

These guest lineups mean “Get Up” will likely be very football heavy throughout the fall, which is the smart move. Professional and college football are the two most popular sports in the country. You might as well double-down.

Still, it’s hard to imagine why a diehard NFL fan would watch Ryan and Cruz on “Get Up” when NFL Network dedicates its entire morning show to highlights and analysis. And therein lies the quintessential problem with the program: it doesn’t have a strong constituency of built-in viewers. Mike Greenberg’s milquetoast takes aren’t drawing people in. 

After a summer of low ratings –– “Get Up” averaged 222,632 viewers per episode in July –– it doesn’t appear any closer to finding its footing.