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No wonder CBS trails in the ratings when it pulls such...

September 07, 1986

No wonder CBS trails in the ratings when it pulls such cavalier stunts as stopping coverage of the International golf tourney at 2:58 p.m.--just one putt away from determining the undecided second-place finisher--and then incredibly, presenting a full six minutes of commercials and promos before breaking into "Barnaby Jones" four minutes late! Literally left hanging in mid-airwaves, I phoned Channel 2's sports department, where an evidently harassed staffer curtly told me: "We've already had calls on that. It was a New York decision." I didn't care about the other "calls," but I did care about the arbitrary decision since I can't imagine Channel 5 or 11 interrupting the seventh game of an Angel or Dodger playoff in order to give us a 15-year-old rerun of "Invasion of the Transistorized Gnats From Outer Mongolia."

Tom Lester, West Los Angeles

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