SC6 (TV program)

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The Six
SC6 logo.jpg
Also known asSC6
GenreSports news & commentary
Based onSportsCenter
His & Hers
Presented byMichael Smith
Jemele Hill
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Running time1 hour (w/ ads)
Picture format720p 60 FPS
Original releaseFebruary 6, 2017 –
March 9, 2018
Preceded bySportsCenter

SC6, also known as The Six, was a rebranded hour of the ESPN program SportsCenter. The program aired weekdays at 6:00 p.m. ET and was hosted by former His & Hers duo Michael Smith and Jemele Hill.[1][2] The show featured some elements from His & Hers and, like SportsCenter with SVP, is more freeform than other editions of SportsCenter. In addition, SC6 focused on the night ahead in sports, as well as breaking sports news as warranted.[3]


SC6 was created to boost SportsCenter's ratings in the 6 PM hour.[citation needed]

On Monday, October 9, 2017, after calling for viewers who disagree with the Dallas Cowboys' decision not to kneel during the National Anthem to pressure them by boycotting their sponsors, Hill was suspended for two weeks, leaving Smith to host SC6 by himself for the time being.[4] However, he instead opted to sit out the Monday episode, and Matt Barrie ended up hosting.[5]

During the NFL season, SC6 is also seen Mondays in the same 6:00 p.m. ET time slot on ESPN2, due to Monday Night Countdown being aired simultaneously on ESPN (in the case of the latter program, it moved to its current 6:00 p.m. ET time slot in 2014, which resulted in the Monday editions of SportsCenter being moved to ESPN2).

On February 2, 2018, Hill announced that she would be leaving the show to work for ESPN owned The Undefeated, citing her desire to return to more "reporting".[6]

On February 5, 2018 following Hill's departure, Michael Smith became the solo anchor of the 6:00 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter, which itself reverted to that title as the SC6 branding was dropped. On March 8, 2018, Smith announced that he would also be leaving the show effective immediately.


Despite initially doing well ratings-wise, SC6's ratings have been lower than the previous incarnation of SportsCenter since March.[7] The Laughing Place liked the duo's chemistry in the pilot, but hoped future episodes would have more variety.[8] Uproxx said the co-host Michael Smith "represents everything good about ESPN" and applauded both hosts for speaking out on race relations.[9] Many in social media were upset when the series wasn't cancelled when other ESPN employees were laid off.[10]

The series was put in the spotlight after Hill labeled current U.S. president Donald Trump a white supremacist, which led Trump to request an apology for this statement.[11] ESPN supposedly wanted to keep Hill from hosting the following episode on Wednesday, but other hosts refused to anchor in her absence, so she hosted that evening.[12] Amidst the controversy SC6's ratings experienced a significant decline of up to 40%.[13][14][15]

In May 2018, ESPN announced that SportsCenter's 6:00 p.m. ratings had increased by 10% in the weeks following Hill and Smith's departure.[16] In December 2018, respected ESPN executive Norby Williamson admitted that the network "miscalculated" in trying to center the show around Smith and Hill.[17]

As of May 14, 2018, the 6:00 p.m. ET weeknight editions of SportsCenter are now co-anchored by Kevin Negandhi and Sage Steele.


  1. ^ "The Six: The Debut!". Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  2. ^ "Michael and Jemele ready to start 'The Six' - ESPN Video". Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  3. ^ "ESPN's Michael Smith and Jemele Hill discuss 'The Six,' and whether FS1 tried to hire them". Sporting News. 2017-02-03. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  4. ^ Holloway, Daniel (2017-10-10). "With Jemele Hill Suspended, Michael Smith Will Anchor 'SC6' Alone". Variety. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  5. ^ "Michael Smith sits out SportsCenter after Jemele Hill suspension". Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  6. ^ Bonesteel, Matt. "Early Lead Jemele Hill says leaving 'SportsCenter' for the Undefeated was about missing 'reporting'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  7. ^ "SC6 at 3 Months: Michael Smith and Jemele Hill Haven't Saved ESPN SportsCenter Ratings Yet". The Big Lead. 2017-05-09. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  8. ^ FanBoy (2017-02-07). "SC6 with Michael and Jemele Review -". Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  9. ^ "Meet 'SC6' Host Michael Smith, Representing Everything Good About ESPN". UPROXX. 2017-09-22. Retrieved 2017-09-22.
  10. ^ "Social Media is Angry at ESPN For Firing Everybody & Not Firing Jemele Hill & Michael Smith". Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  11. ^ Editor-at-large, Chris Cillizza, CNN. "Jemele Hill vs. Donald Trump vs. ESPN". CNN. Retrieved 2017-09-15.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  12. ^ "Michael Smith Refused to Do SC6 Without Jemele Hill, and Reportedly So Did Two Other Hosts". The Big Lead. 2017-09-14. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
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