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          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).