NFL Week #4: CBS’ Pats–KC and Pittsburgh-Tenn games postponed; Market clearances, regional games
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CBS has the doubleheader this week and Fox the single game.
Covid-19 forced two postponements this week, Tennessee-Pittsburgh and then New England-Kansas City game. It will run on the entire CBS Network, Monday at 7:05 p.m.
The Indianapolis at Chicago game was moved to the late slot at 4:25p.m. from the early slot at 1:00 p.m. This give CBS two games in the late window.
Fox is not as badly affected by the cancellations, although it had some changes too.
So based on these developments, CBS will run three games at 1 p.m.
Jacksonville at Cincinnati
Baltimore at Washington
LA Chargers at Tampa Bay
At 4:25 p.m., CBS will run these two games.
Indianapolis at Chicago
Buffalo at Las Vegas
Al Michaels returns Sunday night for NBC. The Voice of NFL Primetime works the next eight NBC telecasts. The review of the Tirico-Collinsworth telecast this past Sunday is here:
How did they do? Cris Collinsworth and Mike Tirico on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, Packers-Saints
Joe Buck and Troy Aikman worked the Thursday night game and are off on Sunday. Buck will be splitting time between baseball and football as MLB’s post-season intensifies.
Sports Media Watch reports that “NFL viewership hit Week #3 highs both overall and on Monday night, but the weekend was nonetheless a mixed bag.” Fox which had Dallas-Seattle and Tampa Bay (Brady)-Denver averaged 25.8 million viewers. SMW says that Fox’ Week #3 ratings were its highest in six years. But according to SMW, CBS’ ratings were down 9% in TV households. Yet when factoring in out-of-home (digital), the NFL rating was up 1%.
Monday Night Football on ESPN, featuring KC and Baltimore did an 8.1 rating, the network’s largest Week #3 rating in eight years.
Dick Stockton works for the fourth consecutive week, Seattle at Miami. Stockton announces Dolphins pre-season games for the local CBS affiliate in Miami.
Tom McCarthy, the capable Phillies announcer and occasional CBS play-by-player, has Jacksonville at Cincinnati. Jay Feely, the 44 year old former placekicker, comes up from his usual sideline post to team with McCarthy.
CBS’ Andrew Catalon, who’s comfortable at football, hoops and golf, does a solid and understated job. Partner James Lofton, 64, the former wide receiver and Hall of Famer, doesn’t hold back and has a quick wit.
Fox newcomer Adam Amin has the Giants at Rams. It will go to the nation’s two largest markets, New York and Los Angeles.
CBS’ number one team, Jim Nantz and Tony Romo, had the headline game, New England at Kansas City, WHICH NOW RUNS AT 7:05 TOMORROW ON THE ENTIRE CBS NETWORK.
Kevin Harlan was assigned the postponed Tennessee-Pittsburgh game. He’ll now do national radio Monday in Green Bay. Kevin’s father Bob Harlan, 84, is retired. He was the president of the Packers. Bob worked for the club from 1971 through 2008, 37 years. He became the president in 1989.
ESPN’s Louis Riddick is well prepared and quite knowledgeable but does talk a bit much. Play-by-player Steve Levy is a good traffic cop, giving both Riddick and Brian Griese enough runway. Bookkeeping is up to the ESPN’s producer to enforce. The best rule for the voices to follow is to talk sparingly and in measured intervals. In a three man booth, it’s tough to police.
Most of the local radio broadcasters are calling their games remotely. It’s requiring an adjustment. Some are wondering whether working remotely will continue in the future, once Covid-19 is behind us.
Largest geographical coverage for Fox Sunday is Cleveland at Dallas at 34%. That’s a 1:00 p.m. game.
Nice to see Spero Dedes get the late Buffalo-Vegas game. With the headline KC-NE game postponed, it will go to 75% of America.
Thursday, October 1
Denver Broncos at New York Jets, 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
(nationally – approx 65 million homes)
Sunday, October 4
Baltimore Ravens at Washington, 1:00 p.m. CBS, Andrew Catalon, James Lofton
(18% of the country, 29 markets )
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Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m. CBS, Kevin Harlan, Trent Green
Los Angeles Chargers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m. CBS, Ian Eagle, Charles Davis
(76% of the country, 192 markets)
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Seattle Seahawks at Miami Dolphins, 1:00 p.m. Fox, Dick Stockton, Brady Quinn
(12% of the country, 27 markets)
Anchorage Bend Billings Boise Butte Chico Eugene Eureka Fairbanks Fort Myers Fresno Great Falls Helena Idaho Falls Juneau Medford Miami Missoula Monterey Portland, Or; Reno San Francisco Seattle Spokane Twin Falls West Palm Beach Yakima
Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. Fox, Chris Myers, Greg Jennings, Brock Huard
(7% of country, 21 markets)
Beaumont Cedar Rapids Davenport Des Moines Duluth Fargo Green Bay Houston La Crosse Madison Mankato Milwaukee Minneapolis Minot Ottumwa Rapid City Rochester Sioux City Sioux Falls Victoria Wausau
New Orleans Saints at Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m. Fox, Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma
(11% of the country, 35 markets)
Albany, Ga; Alexandria Alpena Atlanta Baton Rouge Biloxi Birmingham Columbus, Ga.; Columbus, Ms.; Detroit Dothan Flint Fort Wayne Grand Rapids Greenwood Hattiesburg Huntsville Jackson Lafayette Lafayette Lake Charles Lansing Macon Marquette Meridian Mobile Monroe Montgomery New Orleans Panama City Shreveport South Bend Tallahassee Toledo Traverse City
Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys, 1:00 p.m. Fox, Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston
(34% of the country, 96 markets)
Abilene, Albuquerque, Amarillo Austin Bangor, Bluefield Boston Bowling Green Buffalo Casper Champaign Charleston Charlottesville Chattanooga Cheyenne Chicago Clarksburg Cleveland Colorado Springs Columbia Columbus, Oh.; Corpus Christi Dallas Dayton Denver El Paso Elmira Erie Evansville Fort Smith Gainesville Grand Junction Guam Harlingen Harrisburg Harrisonburg Honolulu Indianapolis Jackson Johnstown Jonesboro Joplin Kansas City Knoxville Laredo Las Vegas Lexington Lima Lincoln Little Rock Louisville Lubbock Memphis Nashville Norfolk North Platte Odessa Oklahoma City Omaha Orlando Paducah Parkersburg Peoria Philadelphia Pittsburgh Portland, Me; Presque Isle, Providence Puerto Rico Quincy Richmond Rochester Rockford Salisbury Salt Lake City San Angelo San Antonio Sherman Springfield, Il; Springfield, Ma; Springfield, Mo; St. Joseph St. Louis Syracuse Terre Haute Topeka Tri-Cities Tulsa Tyler US Virgin Islands Waco Watertown Wheeling Wichita Wichita Falls Youngstown
Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m. Fox, Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman
(8% of country, 15 markets)
Augusta Charleston Charlotte Columbia Greensboro Greenville Greenville Myrtle Beach Phoenix Raleigh Roanoke Savannah Tucson Wilmington Yuma
Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. CBS, Tom McCarthy, Jay Feely
( 6% of the country, 15 markets)
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Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears, 4:25 p.m. CBS, Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon
(25% of the country, 80 markets)
THIS GAME WAS MOVED FROM 1:00 p.m. to 4:25 p.m.
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New York Giants at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. Fox, Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth
(27% of the country, 18 markets)
Albany Bakersfield Baltimore Binghamton Burlington Cincinnati Hartford Jacksonville Los Angeles New York Palm Springs Sacramento San Diego Santa Barbara Tampa Utica Washington Wilkes-Barre
Buffalo Bills at Las Vegas Raiders, 4:25 p.m. CBS, Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta
(75% of the country, 156 markets)
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New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m. CBS, Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
THIS GAME WAS POSTPONED ON SATURDAY AND WILL BE PLAYED AT 7:05 P.M MONDAY ON ENTIRE CBS NETWORK
Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers, 8:20 p.m. NBC, Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
(100% of America)
Monday, October 5
New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs, 7:05 p.m. on CBS, Jim Nantz and Tony Romo
(100% of America)
Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers, 8:50 p.m. on ESPN, Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick
(nationally -approx 85 million homes)