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’60 Minutes,’ with Madoff Interviews, is #5 Show of the Week

Sunday’s “60 Minutes” finished as the 5th most-watched primetime show of the week with 18.56 million Total Viewers — its largest audience in nearly a year and the best A25-54 and A18-49 performance in nearly three years.

With the Pittsburgh Steelers-New England Patriots NFL lead-in, the show featured Morley Safer‘s sitdowns with Ruth Madoff and her son Andrew — their first interviews since the ponzi scheme of Bernie Madoff was revealed in 2008.

This was “60 Minutes’” best viewership since Dec. 19. 2010 when the show had the Pittsburgh Steelers-New York Jets game as its lead-in.

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On Twitter, Chris Cuomo Tweaks Those Other Madoff Interviews

ABC’s Chris Cuomo took to Twitter this morning to jab the Madoff family interviews on other networks.

Bernie Madoff‘s wife Ruth and son Andrew spoke to Morley Safer last night on “60 Minutes,” and this morning to Matt Lauer on “Today.” Earlier this month, Cuomo interviewed Stephanie Mack the widow of the other Madoff son, Mark. Her account of the days, weeks and months following the revelation of the multi-billion dollar ponzi scheme differs from that of her mother-in-law and brother-in-law.

Late last week Cuomo posed a question to his followers, also about Lauer:

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Barbara Walters Speaks to Bernie Madoff

With his wife Ruth set to speak to CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday and NBC’s “Today” on Monday, ABC News presented an exclusive interview with the ponzi-schemer himself Bernie Madoff on “Good Morning America” this morning… sort of.

Because the prison he is in does not allow cameras, Barbara Walters had to recount what he said to Robin Roberts:

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Walters is not the first journalist to interview Madoff from prison. She isn’t even the first TV news reporter to do so (Fox Business Network’s Charlie Gasparino interviewed Madoff in August), nonetheless, her interview does attempt to undercut the upcoming Ruth Madoff interviews slated for “60″ on Sunday and “Today” on Monday. Of course, without any photos or video, it is an uphill battle.

For Chris Cuomo, Stephanie Madoff Mack’s Story is a Challenge To Tell

For “20/20″ anchor Chris Cuomo, the story of Bernie Madoff is a complex one, with a resonating message.

“Madoff became the face of the animosity toward what was perceived, what still is perceived, as a corrupt financial system,” Cuomo tells TVNewser. “After 2008 there became an engrained sense among many that there are two sets of rules, that there is a dirty game afoot when it comes to the wealthy and Wall Street.”

Cuomo was highly aware of Madoff’s reputation during a recent sit-down with his daughter-in-law, Stephanie Madoff Mack, in her first interview since the December suicide of her husband, Mark Madoff. By all accounts, Cuomo says, Mack was innocent of any wrongdoing, and she is now left picking up the pieces of a shattered life.

“This is a difficult form of journalism,” he says. “This is a love story wrapped up in a news story, and that’s tricky to tell, because there is a really deep bond between these two people, Stephanie and Mark. So telling that story, while remembering that this is also a window into a situation that affected thousands, is tricky. It involves a lot of sophisticated storytelling.” Read more

The Ticker: 60 @ 42, Jacko, Walmart…

> On the 42nd season premiere of “60 Minutes” this Sunday, an exclusive interview with the general in charge of the war in Afghanistan, a report on efforts to find money to repay the victims of Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff and a feature on the still lively earnings of dead celebrities.

> NBC’s “Dateline” will have an exclusive this Friday called “The Michael Jackson Tapes.” The “Today” show’s Meredith Vieira will interview Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a friend of Jackson’s who recorded many conversations with the star, with his permission.

> Tonight, CNBC presents an all-new sequel to its 2004 Walmart documentary. “The New Age of Walmart,” reported by David Faber, will air at 9 and 10:30pmET. The original “Age of Walmart” won a Peabody and a duPont award.

Olbermann Talks Rush, AIG on Leno

olbermann_3-19.bmpMSNBC’s Keith Olbermann was a guest last night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The majority of the interview revolved around the financial crisis — AIG and Bernie Madoff.

Leno asked Olbermann about Rush Limbaugh‘s support of the AIG execs keeping the bonuses. “You can look at some of the things Rush says on the air and you can find some original point where it started logically, as you suggest,” said Olbermann. “That one doesn’t make no sense whatsoever.”

Click continued to see the interview, and find out who Stefan Olbermann is…

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Madoff Jailed: Cablers (and NBC) Cover

Bernie Madoff was jailed after pleading guilty to 11 criminal counts related to a Ponzi scheme that bilked as much as $65 billion from investors. Sentencing is set for June 16, although MSNBC legal analyst Susan Filan Tweeted that the growing investigation will likely delay that.

NBC News produced a special report for the network at 11:19amET at the culmination of the court appearance. Lester Holt anchored.

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All the cable news and business channels have been covering the news as well — but Fox Business Network reported it first at 11:11amET, nearly two minutes ahead of others.

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As for how the broadcast networks reported Madoff’s arrival at the courthouse, NBC’s Today show and CBS’s The Early Show covered it live at 7:19amET, while ABC was finishing up a report on their “Big” series before going to commercial. Coming out of the break, New York’s WABC covered live the aftermath of the arrival.

Cable News Snapshot: 7:19amET, March 12, 2009

Bernie Madoff arrived at the Federal Courthouse in New York City 2 hours and 40 minutes before his court appearance at which he’ll plead guilty to operating a $50 billion Ponzi scheme. For the first time, he’ll explain how he did what he did. In order to accept a guilty plea, the judge must hear him describe his crimes.

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How A Multi-Platform Journalist Gets it All Done

You may have seen her on CNN, or CNN International, or HLN or CNN.com Live or…okay, we’ll stop. But you get the idea. Poppy Harlow is the anchor/correspondent for CNNMoney.com but appears across the Time Warner universe to talk about the ailing economy, the Wall Street whiplash (more whip, than lash) and personal finance issues.

She’s been busy these days.

Whether it’s a live interview with a member of congress, tracking down Bernie Madoff‘s victims in her native Minnesota or appearing on CNNMoney’s Web shows, Harlow has little down time. But she spent a few minutes with us this morning in CNNMoney’s newsroom at Time Warner Center.

Related: WebNewser has more on CNNMoney.com’s new Web shows, launched today, in an interview with VP/Editor Chris Peacock.

Maddow: “I’m More of a Quiet Angry”

maddow_3-4.bmpMSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was back on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night. She made her first Tonight Show appearance in October.

“I enjoy your show because you don’t yell and scream,” said Leno. “When I watch a lot of the cable shows about politics, it’s like people screaming all the time.”

“I get excited sometimes, which means I’m sort of loud, but when I’m angry I’m more of a quiet angry,” said Maddow.

Also discussed: Bernie Madoff‘s potential “secret paper route,” Rush Limbaugh‘s “fail” comments and the high cost of health care.

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