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’60 Minutes’ #3 Show for the Week with 16M Viewers

Sunday’s “60 Minutes” had its largest audience since January, drawing 16.3 million viewers to finish at # 3 for the week. The show, with the New York Giants – Pittsburgh Steelers lead-in finished at #3 in households with a 10.2/15 in that measurement. It was the program’s best delivery in viewers and households since January 8, 2012.

Sunday’s broadcast featured Steve Kroft’s report on the partisan gridlock in the U.S. Senate, part I of Morley Safer’s interview with historian/author David McCullough (part II is next Sunday) and Scott Pelley’s profile of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Titans, Moguls and a Presidential Candidate Pay Respects to Mike Wallace

If the news business was like football, Mike Wallace would be its MVP. But if news was a beauty contest, Wallace would never have been Mr. Congeniality.

That’s what hundreds of Mike Wallace’s friends, colleagues and family — four generations of them — learned as they gathered at the Rose Hall at Time Warner Center to remember the “60 Minutes” original who died April 8 at age 93.

Morley Safer and Steve Kroft remembered Wallace’s unrelenting competitive streak. When Kroft had set up an interview with Gov. Bill Clinton in 1988, amidst accusations of an extra-marital affair, Kroft says, “Mike offered me encouragement, while trying to take the story away from me.”

Safer admitted months would go by without the two reporters even speaking to each other. In a taped piece, the late Ed Bradley echoed the sentiment, after Wallace stole a Manuel Noriega interview from him. “You and I didn’t talk for  six months,” Bradley says to Wallace who is unmoved.

“He brought the same zeal to a story as he did to a penny ante poker game,” said Safer.

Wallace even stole a story from his own son, Chris Wallace who, at the time, was working for ABC’s “Primetime.” In the Fall of 1997, young Wallace had set up an interview with comedian Chris Rock. Rock canceled not long before the shoot. Wallace later found out why.

“My old man had stolen the interview!” said Wallace. “And he knew he’d stolen it from me!” Bradley ended up conducting the Rock interview, mostly to make amends for the Noriega theft, but also to keep in good stead with his son.

“He was so exasperating and yet so endearing,” said Wallace choking back tears.

“It took many years for us to find our path to each other,” the Fox News anchor admitted. “He had a good heart. He could be naughty. But he was never mean.”

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Mitt Romney Attends Memorial Service for Mike Wallace

Ann And Mitt Romney were among the guests at this morning’s memorial service for Mike Wallace held at the Rose Hall at Time Warner Center. Seated next to Romney is CBS News President David Rhodes. We’ll have more on the memorial, which included remarks from Morley Safer, Steve Kroft, and Chris Wallace later today. The Romneys were on “CBS This Morning” earlier today. Romney also met with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and appeared at an event at an FDNY firehouse with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

(Photo: John Paul Filo/CBS©2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc.)

What ‘Haunted’ the ‘Irascible, Competitive’ Mike Wallace

This morning the network news shows paid tribute to Mike Wallace, who died Saturday night at age 93. On “CBS This Morning” Wallace’s “60 Minutes” colleagues Morley Safer and Steve Kroft shared their thoughts. Safer revealed a side of Wallace many did not know: That he was “unsure of himself.”

“Mike always felt that he had not paid his dues as a journalist,” said Safer. “That uncertainty or even perhaps shame of having done commercials and silly stuff haunted him.”

On “Good Morning America” Robin Roberts reported the obituary discussing it with George Stephanopoulos. And on the “Today” show Tom Brokaw reported the story reflecting on the life of his “friend and competitor.” Story after the jump…

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Tribute to Mike Wallace on Next Sunday’s ’60 Minutes’

At the start of tonight’s “60 Minutes,” following the sudden-death finish at The Masters, Morley Safer announced that next Sunday’s show will be “an extended tribute” to “60″ original Mike Wallace. “More than anyone else he was responsible for the continuing success of ’60 Minutes.’ We are all in his debt.”

Remembering Mike Wallace

Following news of Mike Wallace‘s death, remembrances and tributes have poured in.

“It is with tremendous sadness that we mark the passing of Mike Wallace,” said Leslie Moonves, president and CEO, CBS Corporation in a statement. “His extraordinary contribution as a broadcaster is immeasurable and he has been a force within the television industry throughout its existence. His loss will be felt by all of us at CBS.”

Morley Safer and Bob Schieffer shared their thoughts this morning on CBS:

Former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather:

“Mike Wallace was from from the beginning and for many years the heart and soul of ’60 Minutes.’ In that role, he helped change American television news. Among the ways that this change was for the better: TV news became more investigative, more aggressive and relevant. Mike was sharp and quick of mind, a fierce competitor and a master interviewer.”

Fox News chairman & CEO Roger Ailes said in a statement:

“Mike Wallace was one of the premier journalists of our time — his legendary tenacity, passion for the truth and unwavering commitment to fairness will always be admired and remembered. He will remain in the pantheon of greats in broadcasting journalism. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris and the entire Wallace family.”

From “ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer:

“Mike’s energy and nerve paced everyone at ’60 Minutes.’ His was the defining spirit of the show. He bounded through the halls with joy at the prospect of the new, the true, the unexpected.”

From NBC News president Steve Capus:

“Mike Wallace was a gifted, tenacious reporter who set the gold standard in investigative reporting. His unique style compelled you to sit forward and take notice of everything he put on the air. Towards the end of his career, my wife Sophia and I had the chance to get to know the man behind the legend. We enjoyed Mike’s good company and his stories of a remarkable life. He will be missed. Our condolences to his family.”

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Mike Wallace Dies at 93

Legendary CBS Newsman Mike Wallace has died at the age of 93.

Wallace was a staple on CBS for a half century, and was most well-known for his reports on the newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” for which he served as a correspondent. Wallace was one of the original correspondents on that program when it debuted in 1968, and remained a regular contributor up until 2008.

Next Sunday’s installment of “6o Minutes” will be dedicated to Wallace’s life and career.

In an column on CBSNews.com,written by Wallace’s friend and colleague Morley Safer, the sheer breadth of Wallace’s journalistic life becomes apparent.

It was 65 years from Mike’s first appearance on camera – a World War II film for the Navy – to his last television appearance, a “60 Minutes” interview with Roger Clemens, the baseball star trying to fight off accusations of steroid use.

“All of us at CBS News and particularly at 60 Minutes owe so much to Mike,” said Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of 60 Minutes in a statement. “Without him and his iconic style, there probably wouldn’t be a 60 Minutes. There simply hasn’t been another broadcast journalist with that much talent. It almost didn’t matter what stories he was covering, you just wanted to hear what he would ask next. Around CBS he was the same infectious, funny and ferocious person as he was on TV. We loved him and we will miss him very much.”

Wallace is survived by his son, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, three stepchildren, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

After the jump, Wallace’s obituary from CBS News.

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Ladies Night on ’60 Minutes’

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.

A Few More Minutes with Andy Rooney

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.

CBS News chairman and “60 Minutes” EP Jeff Fager as well as Rooney’s “60″ family: Morley Safer, Steve Kroft and Scott Pelley all spoke at the service.

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

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’60 Minutes’ #2 Show For The Week

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.

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