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For Second Year in a Row, Broncos-Patriots Give Boost to ’60 Minutes’

Drawing nearly 16 million viewers, CBS’s “60 Minutes” was the #3 show of the week — its highest weekly ranking since December 18, 2011, when the show was #2 for the week and had a New England Patriots / Denver Broncos lead-in. It just so happens those same two teams faced off this past Sunday, helping the show to 15.96 million viewers.

Sunday’s “60 Minutes” included a Steve Kroft investigation of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, Lesley Stahl’s story about Luxottica, the world’s dominant eyewear company, and a Bob Simon report on the amazing rise from obscurity of Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez (above).

Former CBS News Tel Aviv Bureau Chief Michael Rosenbaum Dies

Michael Rosenbaum, CBS News producer and one-time Tel Aviv bureau chief has died. Rosenbaum, who spent 27 years at CBS News, died at home in Manhattan last night of a brain tumor diagnosed last September. He was 64.

“Michael was a great friend to so many of us at CBS News. He was a real newsman who was naturally curious and skeptical of almost everything. He was also fun to be around, a caring friend, and a beloved member of our family at CBS News,” said CBS News Chairman and 60 MINUTES Executive Producer Jeff Fager, who worked with Rosenbaum for many years.

Rosenbaum worked with correspondents Bob Simon and Dan Rather on breaking stories in the Middle East while he was bureau chief in Tel Aviv from 1989 to 1995.  After leaving Tel Aviv, Rosenbaum returned to New York where he worked on the “CBS Evening News,” “60 Minutes” and “60 Minutes II.” In recent years, he also worked with Rather on his HDNet series “Dan Rather Reports.”

More on Rosenbaum’s life and accomplishments after the jump…

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’60 Minutes’ is #6 Show For the Week

Venerable CBS News magazine “60 Minutes” was the sixth most-watched TV show of the week last week. Topped only by singing shows, dancing shows and “NCIS,” “60″ drew almost 13 million viewers and was Sunday’s #1 show households and viewers.

The broadcast drew 12.96 million viewers and scored a household 8.3 rating/14 share. The show included Steve Kroft’s report on the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Kroft’s sixth report on the financial crisis since its early days in Sept. 2008. Also, Bob Simon reported on the exodus of Palestinian Christians from the Holy Land, and Armen Keteyian had a story on sunken treasure discovered off Key West.

Bob Simon Calls out Israeli Ambassador to U.S. in ’60 Minutes’ Report

Veteran CBS News correspondent Bob Simon experienced something while reporting a “60 Minutes” piece last night, that he’d never before. His story was on Christian residents leaving the Holy Land and the causes behind it: Islamic extremism? Israeli occupation? or something more? Simon interviewed clerics from the Orthodox, Catholic and Lutheran faiths, also Palestinian residents of the West Bank, and Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Michael Oren. But Oren didn’t like the premise of the story and called Simon’s boss, CBS News chairman and “60 Minutes” EP Jeff Fager long before it story aired.

“Mr. Ambassador, I’ve been doing this a long time and I’ve received lots of reactions from just about everyone I’ve done stories about. But I’ve never gotten a reaction before from a story that hasn’t been broadcast yet,” said Simon. “Well, there’s a first time for everything, Bob,” said the ambassador.

Oren complained to Fager that Simon was preparing “a hatchet job.” Simon called him out on it. Oren even paused, almost using the word “assumption;” what he assumed the story would be about.

It’s just … that’s an extraordinary move for me to complain about something. When I heard that you were going to do a story about Christians in the Holy Land and my assum… and… and had, I believe, information about the nature of it, and it’s been confirmed by this interview today…

“Nothing’s been confirmed by the interview,” Simon shot back, “Because you don’t know what’s going to be put on air.”

See Simon’s story after the jump…

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Fox ‘Mole’ Joe Muto Booked For CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’

Former Fox News producer Joe Muto will be an “exclusive” guest on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday. Muto is the FNC staffer who leaked reports from inside the network to Gawker this week.

A preview:

Fox has since filed suit against Muto, alleging that he violated civil and criminal law with some of his leaks.

Also on “Reliable,” CBS News correspondents Steve Kroft and Bob Simon, who will remember their friend and colleague Mike Wallace.

Longtime CBS News correspondent Richard Threlkeld Killed in Car Crash

Richard Threlkeld, who spent 25 years as an anchor and correspondent at CBS News, was killed this morning in a head-on car crash on Montauk highway in Amagansett, New York.

Threlkeld worked for local TV stations WHAS in Louisville and WMT-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa before joining CBS News in 1966 where he would remain until 1981. Threlkeld served as co-anchor of the CBS Morning News with Lesley Stahl from 1977 to 1979. In 1982 Threlkeld joined ABC News, reporting for “World News Tonight.” He returned to CBS in 1989 where he stayed another 10 years.

During his news career, Threlkeld covered the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and the Tiananmen Square protests. His last assignment for CBS News was as Moscow correspondent. His wife, Betsy Aaron was CNN’s Moscow correspondent at the time. Richard Threlkeld was 74.

Here’s a Threlkeld report from Nov. 1995 on “CBS Sunday Morning.”

> More: Statement from CBS News colleague Lesley Stahl: “Richard Threlkeld had the kind of name and kind of looks that could’ve made him a reporter in the movies, but unlike a reporter in the movies, he could write his owns scripts. In fact, he was one of our best writers and reporters, someone CBS sent to troubled spots to cover the big stories of the day. Richard was known for his integrity and his decency.”

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’60 Minutes’ #5 Show of the Week

Almost 17 million people watched “60 Minutes” on Sunday, good enough for the show to be the fifth most-watched primetime program of the week.

A moving Scott Pelley report on homeless families in Central Florida, and Bob Simon‘s profile of Angelina Jolie, as well as the Denver-San Diego overtime game, gave “60″ a +17% jump from the previous Sunday’s show.

During the East Coast broadcast, #60Minutes was a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, as viewers discussed the show’s stories.

CBS News Remembers Andy Rooney: ‘The Oracle of West 57th St… Apparently, God needed a writer’

Words of condolence following the passing of Andy Rooney, from his CBS colleagues.

Leslie Moonves: “Words cannot adequately express Andy’s contribution to the world of journalism and the impact he made–as a colleague and friend–upon everyone at CBS. His wry wit, his unique ability to capture the essence of any issue, and his larger-than-life personality made him an icon, not only within the industry but among readers and viewers around the globe. Andy was not just a member of the CBS family; he was a member of the world’s family. We treasure the legacy he has left, and his presence will be sorely missed by those of us at CBS and by his fans around the world.”

Jeff Fager: “It’s a sad day at 60 MINUTES and for everybody here at CBS News. It’s hard to imagine not having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much.”

Morley Safer: “Underneath that gruff exterior, was a prickly interior…and deeper down was a sweet and gentle man, a patriot with a love of all things American, like good bourbon and a delicious hatred for prejudice and hypocrisy.”

Scott Pelley: “The Romans had Cicero. The English had Dickens. America had Andy. He hid a philosopher’s genius behind the honest prose of Everyman. Apparently, God needed a writer.”

Steve Kroft: “Andy always said he wanted to work until the day he died and he managed to do it, save the past few weeks in the hospital. What a life: ninety- two years of doing what you love to do while engaging and entertaining millions and millions of people. He played an invaluable role in the success of 60 MINUTES over the years, providing a much anticipated

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Divine intervention or good storytelling? ’60 Minutes’ Easter broadcast up 24%

According to Nielsen Fast National overnight ratings, “60 Minutes” drew 10.32 million total viewers last night, up +24% from last Easter’s 8.3 million.

Last night’s show featured a two-part Bob Simon story on the Monks of Mt. Athos, a story Simon spent two years trying to secure. The monks last granted a TV interview in 1981. The third piece was a Morley Safer profile of billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad. Last Easter’s broadcast had no religious — or even philanthropic — element to it.

If you caught the show you experienced an amazing look at the secluded monasteries of Mt. Athos in Greece. Simon and his crew spent 10 days on the peninsula. Just how did the “60 Minutes” crew do it? A Greek-speaking producer helps. Click continued to see the “60 Minutes Overtime” piece.

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NCAA Basketball helps ’60 Minutes’ score

Propelled by an NCAA tournament runover, CBS News’ “60 Minutes” was the sixth most-watched show of the week last week. The show drew 14.81 million Total Viewers making it Sunday’s most-watched show. “60″ had a 4.1 rating / 11 share of the A25-54 audience. Sunday’s show featured Lesley Stahl’s report on overseas tax shelters that American companies use to save billions in taxes, Scott Pelley’s emotional story about a Staten Island woman who has helped over 100 children maimed by war or disaster. The story was produced by Tanya Simon, the daughter of “60″ correspondent Bob Simon. The third story was Steve Kroft’s profile of legendary high school basketball coach Bob Hurley.

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