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The Hottest News Program on TV was Born Just Four Days Before Naomi Watts!

Sep 27, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Yes, we are talking about CBS’ venerable "60 Minutes," which premiered on Sept. 24, 1968, just four days before Naomie Watts was born.

In a major feature on the show, the Los Angeles Times notes, "The show has long been CBS News’ most prestigious property, and last season it managed a rare feat, reversing a nearly decade-long trend of ratings declines. The audience grew to an average of 14.3 million people, up 10% from the year before and the biggest in seven years. The increase came as most other newscasts lost audience, including both "CBS Evening News" and ABC’s "World News." Viewers came not only for Kroft’s Obama interviews but Katie Couric’sexclusive with Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger and Pelley’s sit-down with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke."

Jeff Fager, who’s the executive in charge of "60 Minutes," told the Times what keeps him up at night: For all the program’s success last season, he worries about it losing its perch. "I fear it all the time," he said. "I know that we have a huge amount of support from CBS, but you can’t ever take that for granted. We’re in the business of drawing audience. You’re only as good as your next broadcast."

–BH

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  1. I read this somewhere else but the author was biased. Thanks.

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