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.
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.