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Saturday night all right for Fox

In the latest step toward sports' inexorable takeover of Saturday night television, Fox announced that from this weekend through Dec. 8 it will carry sports events on 28 of 32 Saturdays.

The slate includes Major League Baseball, college football, NASCAR and UFC.

“We see Saturday nights as the perfect home for quality sports programming, especially in spring and fall,” said Eric Shanks, co-president of FOX Sports Media Group.

More to the point, Fox's entertainment division - like those of every other network - increasingly see Saturdays as a ratings wasteland.

I've pointed this out before, but I'll do it again, because it illustrates the remarkable change in how Saturday nights are viewed since I was a budding couch potato.

Check out CBS' prime time lineup for 1973-74, arguably was the best in television history: "All in the Family," "M*A*S*H," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Bob Newhart Show," "The Carol Burnett Show."

No offense to UFC, but . . . 

Anyway, here is Fox's Saturday night schedule, as provided by the network:

April 14 NASCAR (Texas)

April 28 NASCAR (Richmond)

May 5 UFC

May 12 NASCAR (Darlington)

May 19 Baseball Night in America

May 26 Baseball Night in America

June 2 Baseball Night in America

June 9 Baseball Night in America

June 16 Baseball Night in America

June 23 Baseball Night in America

June 30 Baseball Night in America

July 7 Baseball Night in America

Aug. 4 UFC

Sept. 1 CFB

Sept. 8 CFB

Sept. 15 CFB

Sept. 22 CFB

Sept. 29 CFB

Oct. 6 CFB

Oct. 13 CFB

Oct. 20 CFB

Oct. 27 World Series

Nov. 3 CFB

Nov. 10 CFB

Nov. 17 CFB

Nov. 24 CFB

Dec. 1 Big Ten Championship

Dec. 8 UFC

Tags: Fox , Mary Tyler Moore

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