Skip and Shannon: Undisputed

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Skip and Shannon: Undisputed
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GenreTalk show
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
Running time150 minutes
Original networkFox Sports 1
Original releaseSeptember 6, 2016 (2016-09-06) –

Skip and Shannon: Undisputed is an American sports and entertainment talk show starring Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe. The series premiered on Fox Sports 1 on September 6, 2016.[1][2]

Theme song[edit]

The show's opening theme song, "No Mercy", was recorded by American rapper Lil Wayne, a friend of Bayless' and a frequent guest from his former ESPN show First Take. The song was written and produced by Jared Gutstadt, president and CCO of Jingle Punks Music, which had partnered with Fox Sports prior to the show's launch. The full-length version of "No Mercy" was released by Cash Money Records to iTunes in September 2016, and Lil Wayne appeared on Undisputed's inaugural episode on September 6 and has since regularly made guest appearances.[3]


Undisputed averaged 107,000 viewers per episode from September 9 to December 31, 2016, and 155,000 viewers during 2017, representing a 45% increase in viewership.[4] During July 24–28 of that year, it averaged 136,000 viewers, 65,000 of which were adults in the 18–49 years of age range. Compared to competing weekday morning sports programs in the same time slot, it outdrew ESPN2's edition of Sportscenter (117,000) but fell behind First Take (320,000) in overall viewership.[5]

In 2018, Undisputed averaged 165,000 viewers, and in 2019 through August 9, 2019), averaged 169,000 viewers.[6] In 2021, the show averaged 199,000 viewers during the month of October, which beat the show's previous October peak of 182,000 viewers in 2019 and granting the show its most successful October to date.[7][8]

As of September 2020, the series' highest-rated broadcast occurred during Black Friday in 2019, when the show averaged 366,000 viewers.[9]


  1. ^ "'Most hated man in sports' tries to get viewers to love Fox". Chicago Tribune. 2016-09-06. Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  2. ^ "Skip Bayless rising early, promises 'deeper' debate for new Fox Sports 1 show". LA Times. 2016-08-29. Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  3. ^ Platon, Adelle (August 31, 2016). "Lil Wayne Helms Theme Song for Fox Sports' 'Skip and Shannon: Undisputed': Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Brown, Maury (January 19, 2018). "How Are Skip Bayless, Colin Cowherd And Jason Whitlock Doing In The Ratings?". Forbes. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Pucci, Douglas (August 5, 2017). "Ratings: 'Undisputed' on FS1 Outdraws Weekday-Morning 'SportsCenter' on ESPN2 for Two Consecutive Weeks". Awful Announcing. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "Skip Bayless 'still fighting' after three years at Fox". Newsday. Retrieved 2021-06-05.
  7. ^ "Ratings - "Foxtober" Delivers Record Numbers and Key Gains Across Linear and Digital Platforms |". Retrieved 2022-02-21.
  8. ^ Staff, S. V. G. (2021-11-12). "Ratings Roundup: Packers-Chiefs Without Aaron Rodgers on Fox Tops NFL Week 9; NBA Viewership Increases From 2020-21 Regular Season Average". Sports Video Group. Retrieved 2022-02-21.
  9. ^ "Skip Bayless and Undisputed Got Big Ratings on Monday After Dak Prescott Controversy". OutKick. 2020-09-16. Retrieved 2022-02-21.

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