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 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.
“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.