Lots of cable subscribers were surprised when they tried to tune in to TNT for the Jazz-Suns game on Tuesday night only to discover the signal was scrambled.
It wasn't a big tragedy by any means. All basketball fans had to do was turn to Ch. 13 to see the game.And before anyone gets mad at their local cable company or at KSTU for the TNT blackout, it wasn't their fault. And it didn't have anything to do with the status of ticket sales at the Salt Palace.
Under the terms of TNT's contract with the NBA, the cable channel will not broadcast games in the home team's market. That doesn't apply just to Utah, it applies to every team in the league.
For example, TNT's other game Tuesday night was the Lakers at the Rockets. TNT scrambled the signal to Houston for that contest.
The rule does not apply to a team's games on the road, which is why you had your choice of TNT or KSTU for last Saturday's game in Phoenix.
But for home games, Jazz fans have only one choice - Hot Rod Hundley on Ch. 13.
ONE MORE CHANCE: "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill," which was pulled from CBS' Monday night schedule some weeks ago, will get another chance at ratings success beginning June 9 - this time on Sundays at 9 p.m.
The network is shuffling its schedule a bit that night. The new Norman Lear sitcom "Sunday Dinner" will air at 7 p.m. and "Murder, She Wrote" slides back to 8 p.m.
"Murder" and "Rosie" will air in place of the Sunday night movie, and CBS still hasn't made up its mind what to air from 7:30 p.m.-8 p.m. (But, as we talked about yesterday, don't be surprised if it's "All In the Family" reruns.)
STILL GOLDEN: After another round of nasty negotiations, NBC has paid the big bucks to keep "The Golden Girls" for another season, the series' eighth.
NBC has already been through the wringer on "Cheers." And "Cosby" hasn't officially re-upped.
There were even rumors that "Girls" might jump to CBS if the Peacock wouldn't ante up. The big question is whether NBC will be able to make any money next year, it's paying so much for its aging hits.
BAD WEATHER: If you're looking for someone to blame for the crummy weather we've been having lately, go ahead and blame it on the local TV executives.
They're just thrilled to see rain, snow and cold weather. This is a sweeps month, after all.
What's the connection? Well, if it were nice outside, more of you would forsake your TVs and go do other things. But when the weather is bad, you're inside watching TV and improving the ratings. (Assuming, of course, you're working for Nielsen or Arbitron.)
It's doubtful that the TV folks have actually found a way to create bad weather during sweeps, but if they could they would.