'60 Minutes' Tribute To Mike Wallace Makes The Top 10

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April 17th, 2012

via press release:


Hour Devoted to the Late Newsman Was Sunday’s Most-Watched Primetime Program 

          The hour-long tribute to its founding correspondent Mike Wallace put “60 MINUTES” on Nielsen’s Top 10 list, finishing at #8 for the week.

          The broadcast drew 11.03 million viewers, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for April 15. It also ranked #8 in households, scoring a 7.2/13 rating and share. The Wallace hour was Sunday’s top primetime program in both those categories.

          The program won its time period in adults 25-54 (2.4/07), up +14 percent over the same night last year (2.1/06).  Sunday’s broadcast was also up +23 percent from last year in adults 35-54 (3.2/08 from 2.6/07).

          The increase in those key demographics is part of a trend for 60 MINUTES, which is up +6 percent in adults 25-54 and +5 percent in adults 35-54 (Boomers) season to date.

          “Mike Wallace” was a worldwide trending topic on Twitter Sunday night.

          The tribute to Wallace, who died at the age of 93 on April 7, consisted of interviews with him about his life and his work conducted by the 60 MINUTES correspondents with whom he worked.

          CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager is the executive producer of 60 MINUTES.

  • Ralph Hahn

    It was a great tribute show.

    In his genre, Mike Wallace was The Gold Standard.

    On “Fox News Sunday,” Mike’s son Chris anchored the usual show, but for the last few minutes. Chris played part of an interview with Mike taped a few years ago. The touching part at the end was when Mike told Chris that he loved him and was proud of him. There was no camera on Chris at the time, but Chris did almost choke up when he summed up the tribute at the end of the show.

    Earlier in the week, on “The Factor,” Bill O ran part of a “60 Minutes” Mike did with O’Reilly during the early 2000’s. Later, Bill and Bernie Goldberg paid their own tributes. I guess Mike was still a friend to Bernie even after Goldberg came out with his book, “Bias.”

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