COVER: With new rivals stealing viewers, the networks fight to survive
Once they were the Big Three: rich, powerful broadcasters that determined what America would watch each night. Now ABC, CBS and NBC are struggling against cable, VCRs, independent stations and other aggressive competitors. What' s more, the writers' strike has left the fall season in shambles, and the bland batch of new shows will hardly provide any miracle cures.
NATION: Through the eyes of Toledo, the campaign and the debate play out as episodes in a long- running living- room war
How the presidential race looks...