Did Ed post a schadenfreude thread for this earlier today? Between monitoring news about celebrities dying and googling for photos of Sanford’s mistress, I’ve lost track of what we’ve covered and what we haven’t.
In case not, please feel free to schaden your freude below.
The one-hour ABC News special “Primetime: Questions for the President: Prescription for America” (4.7 million viewers, 1.1 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) had the fewest viewers in the 10 p.m. hour (against NBC’s “The Philanthropist” debut and a repeat of “CSI: NY” on CBS). The special tied some 8 p.m. comedy repeats as the lowest-rated program on a major broadcast network.
The special was shot at the White House and featured the president answering questions about his health care plan. The president’s primary message was that those who like their current insurance will be able to keep it and that taking no action will result in higher health care costs.
What’s the true significance of this? Is it proof that Obama is so overexposed that people would rather gamble on a show with a title as crappy as “The Philanthropist” than watch him anymore? Or merely proof that health-care policy is so dry and byzantine a subject that not even having Megan Fox as his co-host could have gotten The One an audience last night?