CBS misjudged how late its coverage of the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open would go on Sunday, resulting in golf eating into their coverage of the Grammys red carpet pre-show.
CBS’ “Grammy Red Carpet Live” was set to start at 6:30 ET/3:30 PT, but when viewers tuned in or looked to stream coverage on CBS All Access, they found themselves watching golf long after the red carpet show’s scheduled start. CBS finally switched over to its live Grammys red carpet show some 38 minutes later.
The Farmers Insurance Open went into a three-way playoff near its end, pushing the tournament well-over its scheduled end. CBS’ feed continued to suffer even after it switched to “Grammy Red Carpet Live,” with a few freezes and out-of-sync audio plaguing the live stream.
The Farmers Insurance Open was a big deal in the world of golf, not only because it’s a part of the PGA Tour, it also saw the return of Tiger Woods for the first time in three years.
Woods didn’t make it to the three-way playoff that pushed the tournament into the Grammys’ slated red carpet time, though. Swedish golfer Alex Noren, Australian player Jason Day and American player Ryan Palmer were responsible for Grammys fans missing the red carpet, with each scoring 10 under par in the regulation 72 holes of golf in the tournament. Woods finished at three under par.
Needless to say, viewers ready to watch the Grammys and see their favorite artists dolled up in high fashion weren’t pleased that they were stuck watching golf for almost 40 minutes and that the red carpet coverage they did get was cut so short. Many took to Twitter to express their displeasure with CBS.
I mean really… Can I get a split screen or something?😑 pic.twitter.com/TE623JsVZb
— Joi💎 (@TheLogo) January 29, 2018
— Daenerys Targaryen (@iShariD) January 29, 2018
WHY ARE YOU SHOWING GOLF AND NOT THE GRAMMYS RED CARPET
— Jack (@mantequillaPtod) January 29, 2018
Can we just stream the Grammys on Twitter next year tho? Bye CBS 😝😈
— Kelly (@_kellysalih) January 29, 2018