Soap opera fans were foaming at the mouth Tuesday over congressional hearings into the Iran- contra affair, aired by the three networks between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
They were not bubbling with rage over details of a possible political scandal, however. The hearings had preempted their favorite soaps.
In Los Angeles, the three networks and their local affiliates received more than 4,000 calls from viewers who were outraged that politics had taken precedence over "One Life to Live," "As the World Turns" and "The Bold and the Beautiful."
"They vented their spleen on our operators," said a representative of ABC, which received about 1,800 irate calls at the network and its local outlet, KABC-TV Channel 7.