‘Wayans’ dips overnight due to tech snafu

“The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show” lost a little of its momentum in Los Angeles Wednesday night, thanks to a technical snafu that knocked Fox O&O KTTV off the air for nearly 12 minutes.

Wayans was in the middle of his monologue when KTTV went dark at 11:07 p.m. due to a circuit-breaker failure at the station’s Mt. Wilson receiver site. A KTTV spokeswoman pegged the problem to a breakdown between a circuit-breaker and the station’s studio transmission link. The station was back on the air by 11:19 p.m.

With the TV biz scrutinizing every rating and share point generated in the premiere week of two new syndie latenight strips — Buena Vista TV’s “Wayans” and Columbia TriStar’s “Vibe” — BVTV officials were quick to note Thursday that the dropout in L.A. will pull down “Wayans’ ” overall average for the week in Nielsen’s overnight metered markets.

As of Thursday, “Wayans” had a three-day average across the metered markets of a 3.7 rating and 9 share; “Vibe” had a 3.1/7. “Wayans” grew from a 3.9/9 on Monday to a 3.8/10 on Tuesday but dipped to a 3.4/9 on Wednesday. “Vibe” started off Monday with a 3.1/7, fell to a 2.7/6 on Tuesday and bounced back Wednesday with a 3.4/8.

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