From our Don't They Know the Strike Is Over File: Channel 7 reported getting about 160 phone calls last night from viewers angry that "Monday Night Football" bumped "The China Syndrome" . . . No immediate word on whether the movie will be rescheduled by ABC . . .
Maybe it was the no-shows at NFL stadiums around the country but both NBC and CBS had good news yesterday as they studied overnights in some of their key markets following the first post-strike NFL round of games on Sunday . . .
The yawner featuring the Jets and Colts averaged a strong 43 percent audience share in New York on NBC and that compared, said the network, with an average share of 28 for the first two pre-strike Jet games in that market . . .
On CBS . . . the Giants-Redskins averaged a 40 share in New York on Sunday, compared with a 45 for the Giants in New York opening day (the Giants played football for ABC on a Monday night the next week and so the figures aren't comparable) . . .
Overall, CBS said the returns were remarkable . . . as the Bears attracted a 67 percent audience share at home . . . the 49ers a 63 share in San Francisco and the Rams a 54 in Los Angeles . . . in many cases outperforming the audience figures for the same Sunday a year ago when that season was building to a climax . . .
Crossed fingers and toes at CBS News in New York and at the various CBS bureaus here, there and everywhere . . . as employes anticipate an announcement regarding Stage Two of the CBS News Budget Story, due to be revealed next Monday . . .
There have been persistent rumors that while the news budget will go up slightly next year . . . it won't be enough to prevent the loss of some jobs and a reduction in the number of documentaries, etc. . . .
Executives we've talked to in New York have refused to comment on those stories except to say no decisions have been reached . . .
However, despite some decrease of on-air news stories produced at the CBS Washington bureau in recent months . . . those same executives hint that they don't anticipate any particular cutback in personnel here . . .
Under the Sauter-Rather regime in New York . . . "CBS Evening News," for instance, has been illustrating what would have been, in the past, big Washington stories like the economy, by airing stories directly from the cities affected . . . giving more air time to the smaller CBS bureaus . . .
That deliberate decision to become more national in daily reporting on "CBS Evening News" . . . plus the recent run of major overseas stories . . . has cut the available nightly air time for Washington-based CBS reporters . . .
Those reductions have had some at the bureau, on the peripheral beats, a little nervous . . . although the State Department and White House correspondents are as busy as ever . . .
Channel 7's switchboard is braced for the "Holiday Hotline" that will be open starting this morning at 8 to provide weather information for Thanksgiving travelers from weatherman Gary Shore's weather control central . . .
The service will be open from 8 a.m. until midnight today and tomorrow and from 8 until noon on Thanksgiving . . .
The number for Holiday Hotline: 432-9777 . . .
That's: 432-9777 . . .
And Channel 9's "Eyewitness News at Noon" today will do a live remote from Bob Dalton's home in Maryland as Bob reports on his progress in recovering from the serious heart attack he suffered Oct. 17 . . .
The interview, to be conducted by his noon news co-anchor Andrea Roane, is in reponse to the many inquiries from concerned viewers . . .
In case you have to miss the remote . . . he's doing fine and hopes to be back at work some time soon . . .
Debra Silimeo, who's been working weekends for about five months at Channel 4, starts as a reporter this week at WRC . . .
She's been the anchor for WAMU-FM's "Morning Edition" . . .
And Kelly Burke interviews Nancy Reagan today during the 6 p.m. edition of Channel 4 news . . . as part of his ongoing "Forgotten Children" series . . .
The interview, taped Friday at the White House, also features Danny, a foster child . . . And Now This
Our Chateau Marmont Bureau Chief (who's spent more time in the doghouse than in his bungalow, lately) reports that E.T. himself will host a CBS special on the subject of how Extra Terrestrials have been depicted in films and on TV over the years . . .
The special could air during the holidays (and why not, considering all the Christmas-gift advertising it could generate?) . . .
NBC filled out the last blank space in its revised daytime schedule yesterday with the announcement it will launch something called "Just Men!" in the noon time slot starting Jan. 3 . . .
Earlier the network had announced that "Sale of the Century," hosted by Jim Perry, will start at 10:30 a.m. that same date . . . along with "Hit Man" hosted by Pete Tomarken at 11:30 a.m. . . .
The three game shows will replace "The Doctors" and "Texas," two of the soap operas that have kept NBC at the bottom of the daytime ratings race for so very, very long . . .
Earlier, the network had announced that "Facts of Life" reruns join the schedule Dec. 13 and that "Wheel of Fortune" was being moved to the morning schedule . . .
The revised schedule will leave the afternoon to NBC's remaining soapers . . .
Locally, NBC-owned Channel 4 has a noon-time news show in the development stage and yesterday a spokesman said the news program is expected to debut "shortly after the first of the year" . . .
That means, I think, that "Just Men!" might show up at noon Jan. 3 on WRC but will be moved to another slot in the daytime schedule when the news show is finally ready . . .
And Just What is "Just Men!"? . . .
It is a celebrity talk-game show hosted by Betty White . . . featuring a panel of seven men from the entertainment and sports worlds who each day will be questioned by two female contestants . . .
Incidentally . . . No.-1-in-daytime ABC has a new soap opera in the works that will replace "Love Boat" reruns early next year . . .
In the latest weekly daytime averages . . . ABC led with a 7 Nielsen point average through Nov. 7 . . . compared with CBS' 6 and NBC's 3.6 . . .
According to Ad Age, because ABC airs "General Hospital" and "All My Children," the two top-rated soap operas, ABC commands more than half of the $1.2 billion in annual revenues generated by the three networks' daytime programming . . . And Finally
The so-called "nonbinding" round of the PBS program auction was postponed for a week yesterday when the Old Computer at PBS went on the blink . . .
Station managers from around the country were due to vote their preferences (but no dough) among the 49 programs that have been nominated to appear on the PBS schedule next year . . . including the controversial expansion to one hour of "The MacNeil/Lehrer Report" . . .