July 24, 2024


Home Television Ratings: “60 Minutes” with Marjorie Taylor Greene Down 33% from Last Week,…


It’s a good news, bad news story for “60 Minutes.”

Last night’s much hyped show with Lesley Stahl’s Marjorie Taylor Greene piece, was a success and a failure. It was number 1 for the night among all broadcast shows, but it was the lowest number for “60 Minutes” since mid January.

Total viewers came 6.66 million — I am not kidding — in overnights. Greene is Satan, so this makes sense. And it was a weak night, anyway, with CBS’s regular prime time schedule off the air for Country Music Awards.

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The bad news, though, is that “60 Minutes” hasn’t been that low since January 15th. This was the 2nd lowest episode of this season. And it was down considerably — 33% — from the previous Sunday, which was up over 9 million. So overall for the season, Greene’s insane and dangerous assertions were not a hit.

I thought Lesley Stahl was off her game, frankly. I thought she would be sharper. Just letting Greene spout crazy and unfounded comments wasn’t enough. The “60 Minutes” audience knows that she’s a freak, a fascist, and unqualified for public office. Did Stahl think people would be shocked by statements like “Democrats are pedophiles”? No. We know that she should be in a straitjacket. I wanted Stahl to be more forceful with her. She wasn’t. Mike Wallace would have eaten Greene alive.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn’t so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive,” a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.