The CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. is Gannett-owned WUSA/Channel 9, one of the few non-O&O’s in a top-ten media market. They even have their own sports show called “Game On!”
Well, when the Washington Nationals/Cincinnati Reds game was in extra innings, no thanks to a Nats blown save, WUSA cut away from the game at the top of the hour to join the beginning of CBS’ Final Four pregame show (the first of tonight’s two games starts at around 6 PM ET).
The remainder of the game was moved to a subchannel of WUSA; additionally, the entire game was already airing on MASN. Yet, that didn’t stop Nationals fans from complaining about WUSA turning the game off on Twitter.
The Mid-Atlantic region has actually been here before last year, when WJZ-TV in Baltimore, a CBS O&O, had dumped out of an Orioles game that was also in extra innings in favor of the network’s popular newsmagazine “60 Minutes.”
With that, here are about sixty tweets from Nats Nation venting their frustration about Washington’s CBS affiliate.