Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Giffords interview outdraws Sandusky's 3-1

Looks as if TV viewers prefer uplift to nausea, after all.

Giffords interview outdraws Sandusky's 3-1


Looks as if TV viewers prefer uplift to nausea, after all.

NBC's attempt to sabotage ABC News' much-hyped interview with U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Monday night by pitting it against one with accused Penn State pedophile Jerry Sandusky on its fledgling news magazine "Rock Center with Brian Williams" didn't work out quite the way some expected.

According to the preliminary Nielsens, ABC's Diane Sawyer interview with Giffords and her astronaut husband Mark Kelly about the congresswoman's continued, astonishing recovery from being shot in the head, averaged nearly 13.4 million viewers.

Fewer than 5 million  listened to Sandusky tell Bob Costas that he'd been known to "horse around" with boys in showers,  while denying that he'd had sex with any of them. "Rock Center" averaged some 4.5 million for the hour.

Oh, and some 11.5 million watched CBS' "Hawaii "Five-O," which won the hour among viewers 18-49.

Daily News TV Critic
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