Last night Andy Murry and Novak Djokovic played a 4 hour, 54 minute match, tied for the longest U.S. Open men's final ever. It was a gem. CBS scheduled the Monday match in the 4 p.m. slot to ensure tennis wouldn't bump into its primetime lineup. That didn't work. The nearly unprecedented match stretched more than an hour into primetime, knocking back reruns for shows like How I Met Your Mother and 2 Broke Girls. Let's emphasize that again: reruns.
What did people miss? Here are the synopses for the repeat episodes in question:
How I Met Your Mother. Good Crazy: Marshall and Lily butt heads over how best to prepare for parenthood. Meanwhile, Ted deals with the aftermath of his fallout with Robin. Repeat (CC)
2 Broke Girls. And the Big Buttercream Breakthrough: Max and Caroline are hired by a Manhattan socialite to make cupcakes for her daughter's first birthday party. Repeat (CC)
Instead, there were a couple of skinny dudes hitting a tennis ball back and forth and back and forth and back and forth like forever. What was up with that? People were unhappy. If you've been wondering why American tennis is in trouble, start here: