Media

Great Move, NBC

We all know what NBC thought they were going to get with Megyn Kelly. They thought they were going to get big ratings, a huge chunk of her audience at Fox, and the kind of instant credibility that would make smartasses like me think twice about pointing out that they weren't paying her for her, ahem, journalistic abilities.

Turns out, this hasn't happened:

NBC’s Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly fell to its lowest ratings yet on Sunday, bringing in 3.1 million total viewers and matching its low rating of 0.4 among adults ages 18-49. Both figures represent the lowest Kelly’s figures have fallen since her show’s debut in early June.

Now, can Kelly turn it around? I guess, but who cares? NBC is getting what it deserves. She'd be doing great if she was on MSNBC, which is probably where she'll land, and soon.

Sarah Palin Files Lawsuit Against Newspaper She Doesn't Read

I don't think Sarah Palin has much of a case here:

Sarah Palin has sued The New York Times for defamation.

The former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate filed a lawsuit against the Times on Tuesday alleging that a recent editorial falsely portrayed her as responsible for inciting the 2011 shooting of Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords. 

"Today, Sarah Palin took a stand against The New York Times Company by filing a lawsuit which seeks to hold The Times accountable for stating that Governor Palin is part of a 'sickeningly familiar pattern' of politically motivated violence and that she incited the horrific 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords," lawyers for Palin said in a statement. 

Palin is seeking more than $75,000 in damages, according to the lawsuit. 

The Times editorial, published in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise earlier this month, accused Palin of "political incitement" ahead of the 2011 Giffords shooting, the lawsuit says. The editorial wrongly claimed an ad from Palin's political action committee put "Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs," according to the lawsuit. 

The Times issued a correction a day later, noting that "no such link was established" between Palin's ad and the shooting, and that the ad in question "depicted electoral districts, not individual Democratic lawmakers, beneath stylized cross hairs." 

Still, the Times said that the error did not "undercut or weaken the argument of the piece."

Why not sue for a couple of million dollars? Why low-ball the Times at $75K? Can't Sarah do anything right? I mean, it's not like creating graphics with "surveyor's marks" is cheap.

UPDATE: Someone wrote to tell me that's not actually a picture of Sarah Palin. The hell you say!

Given that Miss Palin now has a lawyer out there suing people, I am not going to use her actual likeness unless it furthers the plot in a meaningful way.

Stephen Colbert is Holding His Own

Ratings for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert are on the rise, and he is definitely the talk show host for our troubled times:

During inauguration week, from January 16-20, The Late Show averaged a total viewership of 2.84 million, which trailed Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show by just 8,000 people. The demo rating battle was less neck-and-neck, with Colbert earning a 0.5 rating in adults 18-49, while Fallon got 0.73. Still, the week was the closest that the CBS series came to the NBC stalwart in the numbers since its premiere week.
It's not just about the late night talk show wars, either, although I guess that's always part of it. Even compared to itself, The Late Show has seemingly reversed the downward trend that marred much of 2016. The inauguration week numbers are up 6% over what they were last year at the same time, which is fantastic in a TV landscape where upward ticks are an endangered species. On the other side of things, Jimmy Fallon's less political and more goofball Tonight Show episodes were trending low leading up to the inauguration, compared to season averages.
Further, Medialife Magazine reports the inauguration night telecast earned The Late Show's highest stats in the 25-54 demo to date, and it also had the most impressive 18-49 demo rating since the airing back on June 24, 2016. Now, it's almost definitely not a coincidence that Stephen Colbert is killing it at a point when Donald Trump took over the United States, but only future episodes will show whether or not this was a temporary blip on the radar or a sign that Colbert has become a master of his domain.
Other factors are also in play for why The Late Show is doing so well as of late. For one, Stephen Colbert took a while to firmly settle in as the head of a network talk show, unable to initially balance the tides between his natural comedic tendencies and his history of adopting a different persona for TV. But now he's hilariously in the swing of things, even bringing back his former right wing attitude on occasion. And it was in the middle of last year when the show had a big shake-up behind the scenes, with CBS This Morning's Chris Licht getting tapped as a showrunner to guide the show through some creative changes. Did it all pay off? Looks like it.

Is there still a chance that CBS will dump Colbert and replace him with James Corden? Or flip Colbert and Corden in the schedule? I would say that there is a chance, depending on how much people can take of this new era. We just had the most exhausting week I can remember in presidential politics, and Colbert is tapping into the frustration people are feeling. Jimmy Fallon is certainly not interested in going after the audience that might exist out there for commentary about current political events. He's leaving that to Seth Myers. 

Colbert is filling the void left by the Daily Show, which is not relevant anymore. In the weeks and months ahead, people are going to latch onto an outlet that expresses their frustration. That seems to be happening with Colbert right now. People are connecting with his own personal frustration and it's turning into catharsis.

Andrea Peyser is Still Insane

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Holy crap:

Bill Cosby is a lousy husband and a possible sex addict. But is he a rapist?

I have my doubts.

Is Cosby, 78, so diabolically creepy that he secretly slipped Quaaludes into the mouths of his alleged victims, as even President Obama suggests? Perhaps.

But I’m starting to think that Cosby’s “crimes’’ were not rapes, but high-pressure seductions.

This may be female heresy.

Still, I wonder if some, if not most (or maybe all?), of the dozens of women who claim Cosby attempted or completed sexual assaults against them, dating back as far as the 1960s, swallowed drugs willingly before the encounters.

That kind of contrarian bullshit could only have been written by a crazy person working at the New York Post. In other words, Andrea Peyser. Someone is paying this bag of nuts to write things in public?

In case you missed it, a high-pressure seduction is rape when the man admits to giving the woman drugs to shut down her central nervous system.

Jeeeee-zus.