Fox Bumps Animated Comedies, Moves NLCS Giants/Cards Game 6 Into Sunday Primetime

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October 20th, 2012

Originally scheduled to start at 4:30pm Eastern, Fox has moved the start time for the baseball NLCS Game 6 telecast between the Giants & Cardinals to 7pm Eastern so that the game will air entirely in Eastern/Central primetime (and compete against the Steelers/Bengals game, instead of primarily the Patriots/Jets game).

Because of that, the animated line up of The Cleveland Show, The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy and American Dad will not be seen Sunday night.

Those episodes will presumably replace what was to be an all repeat animation Sunday later in the season with new episodes, but no word on what date that might be at this time.

 
  • SJ

    @MattM

    The New York Giants aren’t a big market team? Okay…

    Honestly, with Fox being a hot mess recently, did anyone really expect to see the animation block tomorrow night?

  • AnimationDomination

    Big market or not baseball doesn’t bring in good demo numbers. San Fran is a top 5 market anyway. The Yankees/Tigers did horrible for TBS. So markets don’t matter baseball is dying overall.

  • AnimationDomination

    A Family Guy repeat would do better than this game 6. I mean, the Cardinals and Giants have a lot of tradition and combined 17 championships. If this series doesn’t bring in the ratings(which it hasn’t) what would? The Dodgers? Mets? Phillies? Maybe a little bit better but certainly not a signaficant boost.

  • RJ

    @AnimationDomination,

    One of the games hit a 2.0 demo on TBS. Considering how poorly the Yankees played, that’s not too bad.

  • Shepherd

    I’m confused. Does this mean that Fox got them to start the game later, or will the coverage of the game just be aired at a later time? If it’s the latter, (which I suspect) won’t this hurt the ratings? I mean, everybody’s gonna know who won by 7:30, shortly after they begin coverage. If it’s the former; I’m surprised Fox has that kind of influence over MLB, and wont the move piss off the people who have tickets? I’m sure they’ve all made arrangements for a 4:30 game.

  • DenverDean

    Actually, if the Yankees/Tigers series went to G7, the Sunday line-up would’ve been pre-empted. It only makes sense to move a G6 of the remaining series to primetime. That’s the way it has always worked.

  • Alam Brito

    I LOVE BASEBALL….

  • Christina

    with all of this shifting going on you’d think this was the first year the fox has ever aired mlb playoff games. unbelievable.

  • Adam

    @SJ

    The New York Giants are a big market team but you’re talking football and this is baseball where it’s the San Francisco Giants.

    But San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose area is the 6th largest market in terms of tv ratings so point still stands.

  • Joe Wilson

    So if it goes 7 games Fox does not show the debate?

  • alffan

    Fox should consider moving the LCS to FX. It does worse than many of their nights of Prime Time. I get the World Series but not the rest. Although, the way SOA and AHS are going, they may not want to pre-empt those either.

  • Ron

    @Johnny Rotten

    Suck it cartoon loving morons!

    dude shut up you sports nerd. don’t blame the cartoons. blame Fox’s for there pathetic schedule. but i bet you cherish your football and baseball so much so whatever go’s on with that intoxicated mind of yours with hatred in it.

  • Tyson

    In 2014, Fox will move the LCS to cable.

  • 728huey

    I don’t understand why people are hating on FOX for moving their baseball telecast to primetime. After all, it was originally scheduled in the afternoon to accommodate a potential Game 7 of the ALCS on TBS. However, the Yankees offense suddenly disappeared, and the Tigers swept them out of town. So FOX is just moving up to a now-available time for broadcast, where they would have otherwise aired repeats.

    BTW, it appears that 90% of the visitors to this site are baseball haters, so it’s no wonder why baseball is struggling to get viewership these days. As for what would make people tune in to baseball, the last really big postseason numbers for baseball happened in 2004, when the Boston Red Sox came back from a 0-3 deficit to beat the New York Yankees to win the ALCS and then went on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals to win their first World Series in 86 years. Of course, if it hadn’t been for Aaron Boone and a certain fan named Steve Bartman, the 2003 World Series could have been the most watched World Series in TV and baseball history.

  • Aaron

    At this point, Fox should just lift its’ entire lineup and just say “We’re lifting the entire schedule so we can bring you more of our 80 billion hour Baseball coverage, see you in November” because that’s pretty much when we’re going to see the schedule return to normal.

  • Joshua

    For those who hate baseball, grow up. Last year Game 6 (possibly the greatest playoff game ever) and 7 of the World Series each drew 20+ million viewers. If the series is good, then the ratings will be great. America still loves baseball. It is a great sport. Fox would be stupid not to show the game in primetime.

    And if the Cubs ever make it to the World Series, the ratings will be bananas.

  • jay

    @shephard

    Dude, really? They have to show the games live. They wouldn’t play the game than air the coverage later. Lol That’s idiotic. Don’t know much about sports huh?

  • jay

    @Joshua To be honest baseball has a lot of old fans. 25 million people watched game 7 of the world series last year but, the demo rating was only 7.6. With the same amount of viewers NBA and NFL would get 11+ demo. I noticed one of the NBA finals games which was about 17 million got close to 8.0.

  • LT

    @shephard

    “I’m confused. Does this mean that Fox got them to start the game later, or will the coverage of the game just be aired at a later time? If it’s the latter, (which I suspect) won’t this hurt the ratings? I mean, everybody’s gonna know who won by 7:30, shortly after they begin coverage. If it’s the former; I’m surprised Fox has that kind of influence over MLB, and wont the move piss off the people who have tickets? I’m sure they’ve all made arrangements for a 4:30 game.”

    Every game is always live. As far as tickets go, this game wasn’t a given until Friday night after game 5. If the Cardinals had won that game there would be no game on sunday and the series would be over. But the Giants won to extend the series to game 6(sunday). If they win game 6 then they would play a winner take all game 7 on monday night. The fans in San Francisco didn’t make any arrangements because the game wasn’t a gaurantee. They are just happy that their team stayed alive.

  • AppleStinx

    Joshua wrote: “…And if the Cubs ever make it to the World Series, the ratings will be bananas.”

    By then it will have become some sort of Intragalactic Series.

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