From the General Manager

NC State, Duke rematch airs on WRAL-TV

Posted February 4, 2013
Updated February 7, 2013

Now that we are in the heart of ACC men’s basketball season, WRAL is proud to be the station carrying some of the key games of local interest.

Thursday night features one of those when North Carolina State travels to Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham at 9 p.m. for the rematch of State’s upset of Duke on Jan. 12. It should be a great game.

However, whenever we carry an ACC game in prime time, two hours of CBS programming are displaced. Thursday, it will be two of the more popular dramas, "Person of Interest" and "Elementary."  

Generally we have to pick between the two options for broadcasting preempted programs – air them at their normal time on WRAL2 or play them in available time overnight on WRAL. We know that neither is a perfect solution for all households, and CBS rules will not allow us to do both. The problem with airing on WRAL2 is that satellite and some cable homes do not currently receive it. Airing programs overnight solves that problem, but creates an inconvenience for many viewers, especially those without a DVR. Considering both options, we feel making them available to all households overnight is the best solution this time.

As such, "Person of Interest" will air at Friday 2 a.m. and "Elementary" will follow at 3 a.m. Given the likelihood that the game goes long, your best bet is to extend that recording window by 30 minutes to an hour.

It should be noted, CBS does make many of their programs available after the fact online. "Elementary" will be available for streaming the next day on, however CBS does not currently have an agreement with the producers of "Person of Interest" for online distribution.

For those of you who enjoy either of the programs, we apologize for any inconvenience.


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  • lonewolfmusic Feb 13, 2013

    Why not air the basketball game on 5.2, since it is also being shown on ESPN? This is a bad decision by WRAL and will cost them many of their loyal viewers, like myself. I will now tune to one of the other local networks for my news and will only tune into WRAL for Survivor and The Big Bang Theory from now on. WRAL, you have disappointed many triangle viewers with this decision !!!

  • IHL3 Feb 7, 2013

    Duke - State ... other ACC matchups could be OK for some (I like them myself) however you have altered the programming and put some of the regular shows on 5.2 and other cable channels -- how about us folks on DirecTV -- only have one channel and when you send something to the others, we can't get it -- don't live close enough to your tower to get reliable "off-satellite" reception. If you can have multiple listings on cable, should be able to have same on DirecTV. Please check into doing this.

  • kornfan2448 Feb 7, 2013

    I'm assuming those posting here have internet, as the story indicates, one of the shows is available online. As for what viewers in this area would rather watch, I can assure you it would be the game, this is college basketball country, always has been. As for not wanting to pay TWC extra for a DVR, some of us do not have cable at all and these televised games of LOCAL teams is the only opportunity we get to see them.

  • dwofford Feb 7, 2013

    Poor option. Many of us don't chose to pay Time Warner the ridiculous rates for a DVR on top of the rates for cable and internet. Has anyone at WRAL ever actually polled their viewers to see whether they would prefer to watch regular programming or basketball? I suspect not. Never had this problem in New York, but then again, New York is a real market.

  • trainloadr Feb 7, 2013

    WRAL, you are welcome.

  • jeffnnc Feb 7, 2013

    Elementary is the most watched new show from this season, so it can't be all that bad. Ratings would drop if it were. I haven't watched it so I can't speak from experience though.

  • Elem-Teach Feb 7, 2013

    I know some folks here may be surprised to know not everyone lives and breathes ACC basketball. I wonder how many of those w/o cable who can't get WRAL2 will watch the game. I wonder how many would truly miss out watching these games if all were carried on WRAL2. God forbid we upset B-ball fans!

    I have satellite and DO NOT HAVE WRAL2. Thanks to WRAL for having common sense. Person of Interest and Elementary are the two WORST shows on TV.

  • trainloadr Feb 7, 2013

    It states on the picture that the game is at 8:00PM and then you read the story and it states the game will be played at 9:00PM. I now feel that NCSU will hang with Duke and hour longer than I had originally thought. OK WRAL you need to fix this.

  • carolinagirl926 Feb 6, 2013

    How many times is it gonna take for people to realize that WRAL has no choice to carry the game. It is a contract that ACC has with the CBS stations to carry the game. It's all about money folks.

  • foghat001 Feb 6, 2013

    It would be good if both shows were never aired ... again. Current television programming is 95% junk.