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COMPLETE MLB PLAYOFF COVERAGE: FOX EARNS 11.1/17 LAST NIGHT
Published October 14, 1997
Fox's coverage of last night's ALCS Orioles-Indians Game Five earned an 11.1/17 overnight rating. Fox earned a 10.8/17 for Sunday's Game Four and a 8.4/18 for Saturday's Game Three. On NBC, Saturday's NLCS Braves-Marlins Game Four earned a 6.1/11, while NBC's Friday night coverage of Game Three "took a rare Friday night win in the national ratings with" a 9.9/19 (WASHINGTON POST, 10/14). NBC's Game Five Sunday earned a 9.7 overnight (USA TODAY, 10/14). FOOTBALL: ABC reports a 16.2/25 preliminary overnight for its Cowboys-Redskins "MNF" game (THE DAILY). LOCAL NUMBERS: In Baltimore, Orioles coverage on WBFF drew a 23.3/43 on Saturday, and a 27.8/38 on Sunday (Milton Kent, Baltimore SUN, 10/14). In Cleveland, WJW reported a 34.9 rating in Northeast Ohio for Saturday's Game Three and a 51.1 for Game Four (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 10/14). NETWORK REVIEWS: A sampling of reviews of NBC's and Fox's LCS coverage: In Toronto, Rob Longely: "As it has done with the NFL, Fox Sports has brought [MLB] to life with its pictures, enhanced sound and graphics and refreshing commentary." Longley adds that Fox's play-by-play man Joe Buck "may be one of the brightest young talents on the tube" (TORONTO SUN, 10/13). In Baltimore, Milton Kent wrote that "in general," Fox analysts Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly "were up to the level of the drama that unfolded" at Jacobs Field on Saturday. Kent added that "while director Bill Webb is doing a generally good job, his tendency to stay with tight shots of hitters and pitchers or split-screens ... is becoming a little irritating" (Baltimore SUN, 10/12). In DC, Leonard Shapiro wrote that viewers are "frequently bombarded by the hippest technology money can buy," while some of it is "incomprehensible, hard to read and often an unnecessary intrusion." Shapiro added that NBC's Bob Costas "remains fabulous," but asked, "Why do both networks insist on three men in the booth?" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/11). NO MUST SEE MLB: In Boston, Peter Gammons reported that NBC has the NLCS "because the network could not televise baseball on Thursday nights" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/13).