NFL Week 10 in the L.A. TV market: Rams, Chargers lead another overindulgent Sunday
By Tom Hoffarth
You ran this obtuse Fox-CBS dueling doubleheader drill back in Weeks 4 and 5. That should make you game-ready for it repeating here and in Week 11.
The bottom line is that no matter if Fox or CBS takes its turn as the network with the scheduled double-header, the opposing network gets both the Rams’ and Chargers’ games as direct competition.
Making some even more squeamish, KCAL-Channel 9 and KCOP-Channel 13 come into play again.
Both the Chargers at Jacksonville game at 10 a.m. and the Rams’ playing host to Houston at 1:05 p.m. are logically CBS territory, as AFC-road teams decide that.
But the NFL TV rules stipulate that the entire game has to air in a home-team’s market, and the early game could go long into overtime. The contingency plan, as it was last time, was to start one of them on the network’s L.A. sister station. As the Chargers-Jags game starts on KCBS Channel 2, the Rams-Texans begins at KCAL Channel 9 and will stay there the rest of the afternoon, even after Channel 2 joins it in progress.
Next Sunday, the Chargers-Buffalo and Rams-Minnesota games are both on Fox network stations, with Fox spill-over KCOP Channel 13 taking the start of the Chargers at 10 a.m. and the Rams starting as scheduled on KTTV Channel 11.
* Last Sunday’s numbers: The Rams’ game at the N.Y. Giants (a 10 a.m. kickoff on KTTV-Channel 11) did a 7.1 rating and 18 share in L.A., with an average of 532,000 viewers. It was probably never going to challenge the NBC early evening Raiders-Dolphins game (5:30 p.m., KNBC Channel 4), which had a 10.3 rating/18 share and 832,000 average.
But it should have logically topped the Chiefs-Cowboys game (1:25 p.m., KCBS Channel 2), which had a 9.1 rating/ 21 share and average of 733,000.
The Broncos-Eagles game, […]