Remember when there were reruns against the World Series?
by Joel Keller, posted Oct 28th 2009 5:01PM
I have to admit that, when the Yankees are in the playoffs, most of my regular TV watching gets obliterated. Thankfully, DVRs and online TV sites (and, in the mid-'90s, VCRs) help me catch up. For instance, even though I have to review Cougar Town, I'll likely won't watch it until tomorrow morning, on either ABC.com or Hulu. Why? World Series game one, of course. Nothing, not even the Yankees being behind 22-0, is going to tear me away from FOX at 9:30, when I should be watching Cougar Town on ABC.
Which leads me to something that I've been wondering lately: Didn't networks used to program more reruns against the World Series? Tonight, NBC has a lineup of new episodes, as does ABC (except for Charlie Brown in Hank's slot, for understandable reasons). Tomorrow, all three of FOX's competitors have new episodes.
Look, there are good reasons why ABC, NBC and CBS have been unafraid of the Fall Classic in recent years. Some of these networks' lineups (especially ABC on Thursday) have audiences that likely won't be watching the Yanks and Phillies, and the last few WS matchups haven't exactly been full of marquee potential (heck, I'm sure more people in Tampa watched Grey's Anatomy last year than saw their Rays play in the '08 Series).
But this year's high-profile match-up, combined with the fact that the playoffs have been getting good ratings so far, might counter the bravado that FOX's competitors have been displaying over the last few years. It's always a roll of the dice because of who's in the Series from year to year, but I wonder if the networks will find it worth burning new episodes of their shows next year if the Series games wipe them off the map.
Are you happy that there are new shows against the Yankees-Phillies? Unhappy? Don't care? Let me know in the comments.