A few afternoon media links plus a look at some of the weekend TV ratings.

John Molori’s Media Blitz looks at 7NBC still trying to replace Wendi Nix while preparing to launch a new sports segment on the newly acquired channel 56.

Michael Hiestand looks at a huge night for ESPN tonight with the Saints/Falcons game, which marks the return of the NFL to New Orleans and the Superdome. Bob Raissman says that tonight is ESPN’s first big Monday Night moment. David Barron says that ESPN will mix in more serious matter amidst the usual frivolity that is New Orleans.

ESPN and the NFL are giving this game a Super Bowl-like feel. Monday Night Countdown begins at 7:00 and opens with the Goo Goo Dolls performing “Better Days” – which has served as an anthem of recovery for many throughout the Gulf Coast region since the hurricane. U2 and Greenday will also perform during the night, as the two bands have been active with Music Rising – replacing the musical instruments and equipment that were lost during the hurricane. Former President George H. W. Bush is also expected to be a guest on Countdown.

Here are some weekend numbers for the local TV stations:


Each HH (Household) rating point represents nearly 24,000 households, and the share is the percentage of turned-on sets in the market tuned to that particular program.

The Patriots numbers weren’t quite as high as I had expected them to be, they actually finished with a lower rating than last week’s game against the Jets. The Ryder Cup numbers were higher than I thought they’d be, given how early in the morning they aired.

The October issue of Boston Magazine features an article from John Wolfson on Bill Buckner, who after years of comments that he was being persecuted by Red Sox fans for his 1986 World Series gaffe, has recently been making appearances with Mookie Wilson and cashing in on the 20th anniversary of the event. The feature also comments on some of Buckner’s dealings after baseball:

Buckner, on the other hand, began a lucrative business career, developing 28 acres in the Boise suburb of Meridian into three housing subdivisions. He chose to call these new communities Fenway Park, an odd decision given that Buckner played for seven years with the Chicago Cubs—twice as long as the Red Sox—a team with a fairly well-known ballpark of its own. Considering Buckner’s mistreatment in Boston, you’d think he might have named his developments Wrigley Field instead.