Bears may not be good enough for prime-time

The Chicago Bears-Seattle Seahawks game scheduled for NBC on Nov. 18, may be switched out to accomedate a more competitive football game under the league’s “flexible scheduling arrangement” with the Peacock network. Both teams, who met in the playoffs last year, are struggling this season – the Bears are 3-5 and the Seahawks are 4-3.

NBC has an agreement with the NFL to move potentially weak games (between two teams late in the season) out of the prime Sunday slot and replace it with a more competitive matchup.

Ratings for the Bears have fallen locally in the Chicago area, and that too may influence a decision to pull the game from prime-time.

NBC also has to compete with Fox for the male audience on Sunday nights. Fox’s animated block, which is anchored by The Simpsons and Family Guy, looks better than ever despite going up against football.

If the Bears-Seahawks game is moved, it will be to Fox and scheduled for 3:15 p.m. Central Time, since the game is played in Seattle.