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WOIO gets Browns-Bengals primetime game in November; ripple effects for viewers (updated)

By Rich Heldenfels Published: July 31, 2014

Oh, the complexities of TV scheduling. WOIO (Channel 19) has the local broadcast rights to the Nov. 6 Browns-Bengals game, a primetime duel. The game is on NFL Network, but teams' home markets are supposed to get over-the-air broadcasts of cable games, and WOIO picked up this one.

Football is a consistently big ratings draw, and this gives WOIO the game during the hotly contested November ratings sweeps, so their decision makes sense. In fact, for some viewers, this may look like regular scheduling. CBS, with which WOIO is affiliated, will simulcast NFL Network games on Thursday nights from Sept. 11 through Oct. 23.

Since that pre-empts "The Big Bang Theory," one of the network's most popular shows, CBS planned to put "BBT" on Mondays beginning Sept. 22, then move it back to its regular Thursday slot beginning Oct. 30 -- the same night that it would have the season premieres of "The Millers," "Two and a Half Men" and "Elementary" as well as the series premiere of "The McCarthys."

The football means that those fans will get the premieres, then the following week have to seek the shows wherever WOIO ends up putting them. (I have asked WOIO it it has details. UPDATE:The station will run the prime-time shows immediately after that night's telecast of "Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson," in other words in the early hours of Friday.) And there's more ...

"Big Bang Theory" could end up being delayed anyway, since production has stalled while the core cast negotiates new contracts.

Aren't you glad you aren't a TV programmer?

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