Originally Posted by NetworkTV
You're forgetting one thing:
This is CBS.
Their re-runs rate better than some first run shows on other networks. Their primary audience goes nowhere when the programming isn't new. They watch it again and again. They'll park themselves until the sporting event is over and watch every single show leading up to their local news.
So then presumably they would be parked there even if CBS jipped the 8 pm rerun.
Don’t forget that CBS carries the NFL. And it’s the NFL that delivers the huge lead-in audiences to the Sunday night schedule that CBS regularly slides.
They could re-run the "History of Oatmeal" all evening and they would still outrate other shows on other networks because their audience doesn't seem to remember where they put the remote.
And you’re forgetting we’re talking about football viewers here. They might be too lazy to find the remote when the game ends, but they’ll definitely get off the sofa and change the channel at the set when the game starts.
And last night’s Eagles-Redskins game started at 7.
So I think it’s a fair bet that some number of otherwise loyal CBS viewers, especially in the populous mid-Atlantic region, were not cognizant of the tennis overrun on CBS last night. And they may not be cognizant of it until they go to watch their DVR – or given that this is CBS, maybe even their VCR – recording of Dome later in the week, at which point CBS station GMs will get complaints.
And so if the networks now care about the +3 and +7 DVR ratings, as you yourself suggested in a previous post, then CBS might be wise to rerun this week’s Dome episode this Saturday in place of their previously scheduled reruns.
Because there will definitely be ratings points to be had in the mid-Atlantic and Texas.
Originally Posted by NetworkTV
I noticed the runover as the recording was taking place and was able to extend it by 30 minutes while it was in progress just by telling it to stop recording 30 minutes later. I could likely even do it online.
As it happens, the football game I cared about ended before 11, and when I went to watch my Dome recording slightly after 11, I still had a CBS station in a TiVo live buffer. If I hadn’t started drowning my sorrows at halftime – which tells you who I was rooting for
– I might have thought to program a manual recording on that channel starting at 10:59, and then that live buffer would have been dumped into a second Dome recording in the same folder.
But as it was, I just hit “record”, and so now I have an Eyewitless News recording with the second half of last night’s Dome, which I will have to transfer to a computer to rename. That’s assuming I want to keep it past the end of the season, which given the way the story is going, is looking less likely with every passing week.
If I can do that manually, they ought to be able to send a guide or recording update to tell it to record longer without me having to know about it.
You would think so.
My understanding is that in Europe the stations can send a code to DVRs to update the programming on the fly. But that’s because over there, broadcasters are DVR-friendlier.
But here, broadcaster have fought DVRs and every similar technology at every turn. So we have to depend on Tribune Media Services for guide data.
And it’s only pressure from companies like TiVo that keeps the TMS data as accurate as it is, and only for popular programming at that. TMS data for off-network programming is notoriously awful and unreliable.
Expecting that we will ever get the sort of instantaneous updates necessary for sports overruns from TMS is a pipe dream.