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Major League Fishing Celebrates Top TV Ratings

With a camera and microphone on each competitor’s boat, Major League Fishing anglers bare their emotions to the TV audience during matches. Anglers are also able to keep up with their competition through real-time updates on iPads, adding another exciting element to the popular MLF program that airs on Outdoor Channel and other networks.

TULSA, Okla.  – Major League Fishing (MLF), the made-for-television bass fishing competition featuring head-to-head matches among the country’s top professional anglers, celebrates news it was Outdoor Channel’s top-rated first-quarter show for the second year in a row.

Outdoor Channel has announced that “Major League Fishing” and the MLF-related “General Tire All Angles” television shows delivered 12 of the Top 15 programs, with Major League Fishing at No. 1, during what was a record-breaking first quarter for the outdoor lifestyle network in 2017.


Outdoor Channel additionally reported it was ranked the top-growing basic cable network according to Nielsen Media statistics with Adults 18-34 and Men 18-34, up 103 percent and 67 percent, respectively, from a year ago during Total Day.

“Major League Fishing and All Angles are two original programs that we are extremely happy to see do well in the ratings and couldn’t be more excited about their success,” said Jim Liberatore, CEO and president of Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks, of which Outdoor Channel is a part.
MLF has logged more than 2,700 hours of episodes since its inception in 2011. For 2017, more than 600 hours in programming are airing on four networks, including CBS, World Fishing Network and Discovery Channel, along with Outdoor Channel.
Since Major League Fishing’s inception in 2011, more than 208 hours or original programming has been produced and 2,700 hours of episodes logged. The first program aired on Outdoor Channel in 2012 and has been a regular program on the cable network annually.

“We’re thrilled to once again have top programming with both Major League Fishing and our newer show General Tire All Angles,” said MLF General Manager Jim Wilburn. “We reach an incredible audience of dedicated anglers through Outdoor Channel and hope to continue to grow the sport of bass fishing through these shows and our partnership with the 50 outstanding professional anglers who make the programs possible and such hits.”

The inaugural MLF competition was held on Texas’ Lake Amistad and aired in 2012 on Outdoor Channel. General Tire All Angles is in its second season, but first on Outdoor Channel.  
MLF sponsors are Bass Pro Shops, General Tire, Ferguson, Geico, Sqwincher, Yeti Coolers, Huk, Wiley X Eyewear, Ram, StarBrite, Optima Batteries, Lowrance, Daiwa, Sonic, BullFrog, T.H. Marine, Tarter Farms, Quantum, Bass Cat, Strike King, Sunline, Duckett Fishing, Eagle Claw/Trokar, Go Pro, Onyx, Power Pole, Mercury/MotorGuide, St. Croix, Nitro and Phoenix, Sig Sauer, Kubota, Pure Michigan, Lucas Oil, Plano, Iron Cross Automotive, SPRO, Barbasol and Lew’s.


For more information about MLF and its sponsors, visit www.majorleaguefishing.com.
About Major League Fishing: 
Developed through a joint effort between Outdoor Channel and two dozen premier bass fishing anglers in 2011, Major League Fishing brings the high-intensity sport of competitive bass fishing into America’s living rooms in the form of riveting two-hour TV episodes. Twenty-four world-class anglers are filmed over the course of a six-day event. The show captures their efforts as they utilize a demanding format that allows them to weigh all the “scorable bass” they catch. Unlike other competitive fishing events, live leaderboards in the boats allow anglers to know their standings at all times. For more information about the game, visit www.majorleaguefishing.com and follow Major League Fishing on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.
About Outdoor Channel: 
Outdoor Channel has been taking viewers across America and around the world on unparalleled adventures since 1993. Dedicated to the outdoor lifestyle and conservation, the independent cable network is a division of Outdoor Sportsman Group and provides a complete spectrum of riveting hunting, fishing, shooting and adventure entertainment. Outdoor Channel is the largest outdoor TV footprint in the country and is available in more than 50 countries internationally. Outdoor Channel can be viewed in HD and is accessible by broadband and mobile platforms. For program times and other information, visit www.outdoorchannel.com. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebookand YouTube. #WhatGetsYouOutdoors. #AdventureToGo

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