Holy embarrassing Batman. This past Thursday night, NBC Cleveland affiliate WKYC-TV decided to preempt NBC’s scheduled lineup. Instead of airing a repeat of The Office and Law & Order: SVU and new episode of 1600 Penn, WKYC-TV aired a program from the 90s. LOL. The hilarious part… their rebellious airing beat 1600 Penn’s recent ratings in the Cleveland market. To be fair, it was on par with The Office, but rated significantly lower than the SVU repeat.
After winning last year’s November sweeps for the first time since 2003, NBC has fallen on hard times. Without football, The Voice and Revolution, the peacock network fell to fifth during the recent February sweeps. That’s right… FIFTH. For the first time in history, the Spanish-language network, Univision, beat NBC in the coveted 18-49 demo. LOL. Given it’s abysmal ratings, I don’t blame Cleveland for their experiment. Find out what they aired instead below.
WKYC-TV decided to run a two-hour Matlock movie from 1992. The station’s general manager president Brooke Spectorsky revealed that the decision to run the Matlock program wasn’t due to ratings, but rather to honor Andy Griffith. The TV legend was controversially left out of the Oscars “In Memorium” segment.
“We pre-empt the network once or twice a year to run a local movie,” said Spectorsky. “It’s nothing beyond that. We had a Matlock movie and after the whole issue with the Academy Awards, we thought it was a good idea. It made for a lot of tweeting today.”
Would you rather watch a Matlock movie than most of NBC’s primetime schedule? What other blast from the past should air on the network? Knight Rider? ALF? The A-Team? Sound off below.