KWTV-9 has jumped on board “Tebow mania” and likely will carry all three of the Denver Broncos' final regular-season games.
KOKH-25 missed a grand opportunity Sunday to carry the Denver-Chicago game in which Tim Tebow rallied the Broncos to a 13-10 overtime victory. Since taking over as starting quarterback, the Heisman Trophy winner from Florida has led the Broncos to a 7-1 record with his last-minute heroics. The son of missionaries, Tebow regularly promotes his Christian faith during interviews.
Fox carried the 3 p.m. Broncos-Bears game to 42 percent of the nation, including the St. Louis, Kansas City and Houston markets. The network assigned KOKH the noon New Orleans at Tennessee game, which went to 23 percent of the nation, and the game received only a 6.5 rating in Oklahoma City.
KWTV program director Kim Eubank said the station will carry the next two Broncos games — vs. New England at 3:15 p.m. Sunday and at Buffalo at noon Dec. 24 and likely also will air the Broncos' finale — vs. Kansas City at 3:15 p.m. Jan. 1.
The networks have been battling it out for the opportunity to show Tebow's games. NBC lost its bid to move Sunday's New England-Denver game to its Sunday night package when CBS blocked the switch.
Last week, Fox expanded its coverage of the Chicago-Denver game to almost half of the nation. A week before, it carried the Denver-Minnesota game to 70 percent of the country. That game received a 9.3 rating on KOKH.