Zucker appears to believe that the days of the all-powerful national TV network are quickly coming to an end. He's going cheap-cheap-cheap on his general programming and then spending his dollars on one of the few things that still pull in big numbers - sports. Leno's ratings may be lower than L&O or other dramas, but it'll make far more money for the network. (Screw the affiliates, he doesn't care about them.) The next possible shoe to drop is Saturdays. If he didn't need it to burn off failed shows, he'd probably give that back to the affiliates. In the end, NBC will probably look a lot more like a competitor to the CW than CBS.