Here’s some counter-programming for you. With the Super Bowl airing on NBC, CBS’s “60 Minutes” gives it up for the ladies. The special “Three Remarkable Women” will be hosted by Morley Safer and air Sunday at 8pmET/PT. In the normal “60″ timeslot of 7pmET/6pmCT, CBS will air “Undercover Boss.” The special will feature “60 Minutes” interviews with Dolly Parton, Anna Wintour and Meryl Streep.
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Friends and colleagues from across the TV spectrum joined Andy Rooney‘s four children this morning at Rose Hall, bidding farewell to the CBS News essayist, who died November 4 following complications from minor surgery.
Rooney’s son Brian Rooney, a longtime correspondent at ABC News, hosted the memorial service which included remarks from Andy Rooney’s three daughters, Ellen Rooney, Emily Rooney and Martha Fishel and Rooney’s girlfriend of 7 years, former “Today” show “girl” Beryl Pfizer, who had known Rooney since 1950. Rooney’s grandchildren were there, including Justin Fishel Pentagon producer for Fox News Channel.
Brian Rooney talked about how, over the past several weeks he’s gone through his father’s belongings and found everything from a $6,000 uncashed check from CBS, to a diary entry dated March 8, 1941: “Went to Gallagher’s. Don’t get chicken at a steakhouse.”
“What you saw, was the same show that we had at dinnertime,” said Rooney.
Safer talked of Rooney’s “rich, eccentric legacy.” A man who filled American homes “like a piece of the Sunday furniture, like a portrait on the wall, like the TV itself.”
Safer then introduced a video which included outtakes of his interview with Rooney conducted last Spring. Showing a picture of the early correspondents: Harry Reasoner, Mike Wallace and Diane Sawyer, Rooney stopped at Sawyer — who was not able to attend. “She’s the prettiest girl I
Helped along by a strong NFL lead-in from the Patriots-Broncos game, CBS’ “60 Minutes” was the second most-watched show on television last week. The program drew 18.47 million total viewers and finished in the top 10 for the sixth straight week.
The show featured Morley Safer‘s profile of Meryl Streep, as well as a report by Scott Pelley on urban blight caused by the housing crisis and a report by Anderson Cooper swimming with the sharks in a coral reef off Cuba.
Sunday’s “60 Minutes” drew 13.3 million Total Viewers making it the 12th most-watched primetime show of the week. Sunday’s show featured Morley Safer‘s interview with Andy Rooney, the longtime commentator on the show who died Friday night following complications from minor surgery. Rooney was 92 and delivered his final “60 Minutes” essay just last month.
“60 Minutes” had stiff competition from the New York Giants/New England Patriots game on FOX which drew 29 million viewers. The Giants pulled out stunning last second win at Foxborough stadium. In the Eastern and Central Time Zones the game ended not long before the Rooney segment began on CBS.
Rooney, six years older than the New York Giants organization, was a lifelong Giants fan and season ticket holder. “Even Andy was probably watching that game,” an insider quips.
“60 Minutes” closed tonight’s show with a look at the life and work of Andy Rooney. Much of the piece was a rework of Rooney’s exit interview with Morley Safer last month, when Rooney signed off from the show. Rooney died Friday night following complications from minor surgery, which he underwent 16 days after his final “60″ essay.
And after the jump Bob Schieffer, on this morning’s “Face the Nation,” with his thoughts on Rooney’s lasting impression…
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
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.
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:
“60 Minutes’” much promoted interview with Walter Isaacson about his biography Steve Jobs was the 14th most-watched show of the week (12.6 million viewers). That may have disappointed some inside CBS. Sunday’s show included a two-part interview with Isaacson and a Lesley Stahl story on how the iPad is helping give a voice to autistic children. What makes “60 Minutes” a consistently Top 10 show — beyond its high quality content — is the lead-in of NFL football. This past Sunday, CBS did not have a football lead in. In fact, over on FOX, the Packers-Vikings game, which ran until about 7:22pmET was the most-watched show of the week, topping anything in primetime. The game drew 24.3 million Total Viewers vs. the #1 primetime show, NCIS, which drew 19.4 million. The Packers-Vikings game was followed by The OT (14.7M) and game four of the World Series (15.2M).
Increasingly, and especially with the Jobs interview, CBS can count on hundreds of thousands more views of the show on CBSNews.com.