The top broadcasters say they will skip Ann Romney’s address at the Republican National Convention at 10:30 p.m. Monday, opting instead to air scripted programming — including reruns in some cases, reports The New York Times.
CBS will air a repeat of "Hawaii Five-0," while NBC will broadcast a new episode of "Grimm." ABC will air "Castle."
"The networks, which reap considerable advertising dollars even from summer reruns, have told the Romney campaign that they will broadcast an hour of convention coverage on the final three nights — but no more," The Times notes.
Mitt Romney’s advisers are angry at the decision, the story adds. The campaign is considering moving Ann Romney’s speech to another night, although a decision hasn’t yet been made.
Part of the problem is this election cycle’s conventions "seem to lack the possibility of any electrifying moments" for the networks, the article notes.
"Add to that the overwhelming sense that the country is in a funk and that the presidential campaign cannot seem to rise above petty insults and blatant distortions, and there is a feeling at many of the news networks that Americans would rather be hearing about something — anything — else," The Times notes.