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Tired of meteorologists interruptions

I have a message for the Capital Region meteorologists and their television stations: Stop interrupting programs, especially sports shows, to tell us that a severe thunderstorm is headed our way!

I, along with several other media members who were watching the U.S. Open golf playoff while having lunch at Tri-City ValleyCats media day at Joe Bruno Stadium, was very annoyed when WNYT (Ch. 13) had meteorologist Jason Gough twice come on to tell us about the bad weather that was coming. Of course, WNYT chose to come on while Rocco Mediate was putting. There would be a big box, showing Gough and the radar with all those colors of the storm.

I’m wondering why WNYT chose to put Gough on when Mediate was putting and not Tiger Woods. Did someone at WNYT think Mediate wasn’t a big deal? He nearly won the title over Woods. Besides, WNYT had a continuous crawl at the bottom of the screen, telling us that there was a severe thunderstorm warning. Plus, anyone could have looked outside to notice that the weather was turning nasty.

If WNYT wanted to put Gough on, it would have been better to it when the golfers were walking to the tee, or during a commercial. Doing it while the action is going on is doing a disservice to the viewers.

Some ratings notes for you on this Monday.

— Sunday’s fourth round of the U.S. Open earned NBC an 8.5 rating and an 18 share, the third-best Sunday rating in Open history and a 21 increase percent over last year (7.0/17).

The rating peaked from 8:30-9 p.m. at 13.5/24 as Woods birdied the 18th hole to force the playoff with Mediate.

The 11.4/17 overnight from 7-9 p.m. is the best in that time period for any network since ABC’s Feb. 24 broadcast of the Academy Awards.

— Sunday’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers earned a 10.1 rating for ABC, up 11 percent over a 9.1 in 2006, when Miami played Dallas.

There was no Game 5 last year. San Antonio swept Cleveland.

Through five broadcasts, the Finals are averaging a 9.0 rating, up 45 percent over the four-game series last year (6.2).

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June 16, 2008
9:30 p.m.

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