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08/15/2013 09:31 am ET Updated Aug 15, 2013

Time Warner Cable's CBS Blackout Leads To Class Action Lawsuit

Well, file this one under first-world problems.

Time Warner Cable customers in the Los Angeles-area filed a class action lawsuit against the cable provider this week for interrupting their service with the CBS blackout.

CBS and Time Warner Cable have been instilled in a nasty fee carriage dispute for weeks, which led to Time Warner Cable blacking out CBS channels in some of the country's largest markets including Los Angeles, New York and Dallas.

The lawsuit claims that the blackout resulted in its plaintiffs being unable to watch programs including "Big Brother," the PGA Championship and "Dexter" (Showtime is also blocked, as the cable network is owned by CBS).

Despite the blackout, CBS' average viewership was up in Dallas, New York and Los Angeles. According to The Wrap, primetime viewership in the three markets increased by 11 percent in the coveted 25-54 age demographic.

(h/t Hollywood Reporter)

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