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Published November 25, 1997
RATINGS: ABC's telecast of Michigan-Ohio State on Saturday earned a 8.7 overnight rating, while CBS earned a 6.2 overnight for its FL-Florida State game (N.Y. TIMES, 11/25)....Thursday night's Martina Hingis-Mary Pierce match on MSG Network drew a 1.1 rating, the highest ever for a tennis match on MSG. The final minutes of the match, from 9:30-9:45pm ET, drew a 3.6. The Knicks-Hawks drew a 1.1 on MSG's other cable service at the same time (THE DAILY). CABLE: In Hartford, Bruce Berlet writes to look for "quicker" ABL games "per request of Fox Sports Net," which has "been running over its two-hour window" during its ABL telecasts. Halftime has been reduced from 15 to 12 minutes, and all non-TV timeouts have been reduced to 60 seconds (HARTFORD COURANT, 11/25)....ESPN Exec Editor John Walsh, on the challenges facing its news division since being acquired by Walt Disney: "[W]e've been watchful and everybody's watchful in the news area to make sure we have the independence to cover things. ... Other people have this issue. CNN has to cover the [Braves] and pretty soon Fox is going to have to cover the [Dodgers], so it's not just Disney" (Baltimore SUN, 11/25)....Julie Foudy is featured in a Lifetime TV vignette this week, part of its "Breaking Through" series. The spot focuses on Foudy's recent trip to a Pakistani soccer ball factory (Stars & Strategies).