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Monday, March 19, 2007

CBS' Sunday turnoff

They've done it again, our friends at CBS-TV. Their sports programming on Sunday afternoon runs late, wreaking havoc with the evening viewing schedule. This weekend, it was NCAA basketball. Earlier this year, there was football and golf. Whether you've organized your evening to catch your favorite shows or set your DVR to record them for later viewing, it just doesn't seem fair.

Everything was set back 45 minutes Sunday, at least on the East Coast. "60 Minutes'' starting at 7:45 p.m. wasn't so bad and catching "Cold Case'' from 9:45-10:45 was tolerable. But "Without a Trace'' was without a chance from its 10:45-11:45 time slot. And what if you wanted to catch the news they were hyping all evening? At 11:45? Are you kidding?

How can CBS execs expect to achieve high ratings if they sacrifice their Sunday lineup - all new episodes, no less - for overly long sports shows? Maybe it's their way of telling East Coast viewers to move to the West Coast.

6 Comments:

Blogger Ray said...

If they were to cut off the games before they ended they'd have another "Bambi" incident on their hands. They took a lot of flack for that so I guess that'll never happen again. It's all about the money, anyway. They're probably contractually obligated to see them through till the end. And they're probably able to charge more for commercials during the games than they can for commercials during their regular programming.

11:11 PM, March 19, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a question: CBS gets high ratings from the sports shows, so why would it hurt their ratings? They can still charge a crazy amount for a commercial durring the sports programs; where's the loss? I think you were just bummed you missed your tv shows because they came on after your bedtime!

6:44 PM, March 20, 2007  
Anonymous mrb said...

Ray....what was the "bambi incident" ?....I do remember the heidi bowl 1968 between the Jets and Raiders that was taken off the air with 49 seconds to go ,Oakland scored twice and wone the game

10:54 AM, March 21, 2007  
Anonymous mrb said...

Ray....what was the "bambi incident" ?....I do remember the heidi bowl 1968 between the Jets and Raiders that was taken off the air with 49 seconds to go ,Oakland scored twice and won the game

10:54 AM, March 21, 2007  
Blogger margaret said...

I bet the sports gives CBS the ratings, and the other shows are gravy. A shame for those of us who don't give a hoot about that particular sport...

1:06 PM, March 21, 2007  
Blogger Ray said...

mrb wrote:
"Ray....what was the "bambi incident" ?....I do remember the heidi bowl 1968 between the Jets and Raiders that was taken off the air with 49 seconds to go ,Oakland scored twice and won the game"

Oops! I guess meant the "Heidi incident". But then again, Heidi/Bambi, Bambi/Heidi. ::grin::

10:52 PM, March 21, 2007  

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