NBC Noon/3pm games?

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  1. Kitten Mittons

    Kitten Mittons Registered User

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    I was just wondering the rationale behind starting games so early? Obviously assuming they are doing it for the ratings but aren't they cutting their viewership in half since it's too early on the West Coast. Not to mention it's Sunday and people go to church.

    Why not have 3pm PT/6pm ET? Who are they trying to avoid on Sundays at 6pm?

    I noticed ABC does the same for NBA games but why?
     
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    They don't want to run into Prime Time on the East Coast.

    On Sundays, you typically have local network affiliate news at 6 or 6:30 followed by Network Prime Time starting at 7 - NBC Dateline.
     
  3. Retail1LO*

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    Simple. It's the weekend. People are off. They're watching TV, and as such, the networks put some of their top tier programming in front of them to watch. Evenings are always more valuable than daytime.
     
  4. DeathToAllButMetal

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    Who in Canada stays indoors on a weekend afternoon in May? Noon, 3pm, 4pm, whatever--I've been cooped up all winter and I'm not watching TV on a weekend afternoon no matter what. Of course, the NHL couldn't care less about that, [mod del]
     
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    How about the 9AM and 10AM starts in the first round? There is a 9:30 start this Saturday.
     
  6. Buck Aki Berg

    Buck Aki Berg Done with this place

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    The west coast doesn't have half the population of the country.
     
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    Exactly - I end up not watching most afternoon games. Who wants to stay in and watch TV all day.
     
  8. TaketheCannoli

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    Sports on Sunday afternoon is almost a tradition on US Network tv. Think about it, Baseball for the bulk of its history has been a daytime sport and for the most part, weekend baseball games are during the daytime. NFL football is Sunday afternoons. The evening games, of which there are very few by comparison didn't even start up until Monday Night Football. Golf coverage, basketball, snowsports, even the old Wide World of Sports have all been weekend afternoons. NBC is just following a tried and true formula.
     
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    California still hasn't given up its title as most populous state.

    :dunno:
     
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    And the east coast hasn't given up its title as most populous time zone. The Boston-Washington corridor alone has six million more people than the entire state of California.

    I'm not saying it makes sense to have Californians set an alarm on Sunday morning to watch hockey, I'm saying that they catch more viewers by appeasing the east coast than they do the west.
     
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    The US Center of Population has been slowly moving West and South, but the vast majority (75+%) of the US Population is still in the Eastern and Central Time Zones.

    [​IMG]

    A quick google comes up with a few different sets of numbers:

    From 2006: http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=714986

    Date Uncertain (2008?): http://www.newtimezones.com/pdfs/current_economic_crisis.pdf
    And even a Sporcle Quiz - of course I've already ruined it for you:

    http://www.sporcle.com/games/newmey21/tmzonepop
     
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    IU Hawks fan They call me IU

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    That's just how it is and always has been.
     
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    And the 12:30 start for this coming weekend is because of the Kentucky Derby
     

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