Bonehead Tip of the Day: Perhaps when the new health care bill takes full effect, I will no longer have to wait in the "Waiting Room" to get other sicknesses from those I'm sitting next to while waiting.
The List: Tops in TV
1. "Packers/Falcons" - 30.8 million. Spillover from Jets/Pats below in notes.
2. "NCIS" - 21.9 million
3. "NCIS: Los Angeles" - 18.1 million
Source: Nielson. Other games to be reflected next week. However, look below for games.
Notes: Football has the formula that makes event TV thrive. Event TV is something I have been writing and discussing for more than 20 years. It's the last episode of "MASH" and the like. When we get together to watch an event and make the ratings soar. Not much of that in the last ten years except for sporting events and, once in a while, a political event. You cannot take a political speech that is on many networks and compare it to one network airing a football game. For example, 31 million people watched the speech from Arizona (however, on many channels). Take a look at the Jets/Pats game where 43 million people tuned in - - that's one channel.
- One more note: I'm still trying to figure out where ABC got the number 22 million for "Off The Map." Hmmm. Did they run it four times in one week and add it up? If that number was accurate it would have bumped "NCIS." I have the debut episode at 7.6 million, roughly, and I mean roughly.
- Then there is that speech in Arizona. On cable, Fox led the way with 3.8 million viewers and none of the networks breakout ratings settled into the top 20. Added up, sure close to 31 million, but not as an individual station.
Trivia: Are you sure Aristotle was who we should go to for thought? He said hyenas lured dogs to their death by imitating the sound of a man vomiting. Meanwhile, the main export of the island nation of Nauru is bird droppings.
Closer: Ignore. Just ignore. Sometimes that's the best advice anyone can give.