DID NBC'S PRIME-TIME SKATING EVENT SUFFER FROM BLADE-JA-VU?
Published November 22, 1994
In New York, Richard Sandomir comments on NBC's prime time figure skating telecast last Saturday. The IMG-produced event "operated in its own little vacuum" and made no mention of the facts that "five of the six skaters had competed on CBS' two- night 'Ice Wars' the week before, or that Kristi Yamaguchi and several other skaters repeated some CBS routines on NBC." IMG VP Yuki Saegusa defended Yamaguchi, an IMG client: "It's impossible for skaters to come up with new programs every week. She wasn't going to repeat that routine, but she got such great feedback from it is 'Ice Wars' that she added it at the last minute." But Sandomir points out that "these shows are not one-night stands in arenas in different cities; they are seen by much of the same viewer pool, which deserves something new in so short a time span." NBC lost the 8-9pm time slot to CBS' "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" -- but won 10-11pm. Overall, the show posted a 10.5 overnight (N.Y. TIMES, 11/22).