Thursday, May 23, 2024

New Idol? “60 Minutes” Blockbuster as Stormy Daniels Interview Scores Three Times as Many Viewers as “American Idol”


Donald Trump won’t like this, but people paid attention to Stormy Daniels last night like crazy. They watched in droves as Anderson Cooper interviewed her on “60 Minutes” about having sex with the multi millionaire businessman back in 2006 while his third wife, Melania, was pregnant with his fifth child, Barron.

From 7:30 to 8pm, after NCAA Basketball, “60 Minutes” scored 23.5 million viewers. In the second half hour, after Stormy had rained on Trump’s parade, the number went down to 19 million. By comparison, a really good average “60 Minutes” episode usually brings in 10 million viewers.

During the overlapping last half hour, on ABC, “American Idol” scored just 7 million fans. That number did increase to 7.7 million. But really, Stormy was the American Idol last night– she was poised, succinct, truthful. Nothing about her said porn star (except for her enlarged chest, but even that seemed conservative last night).

The show also offered an expert take from the former Federal Election commissioner regarding Stormy’s payoff of $130,000 by Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. Cohen could be in hot water legally as the money is considered a campaign contribution. It would be swell to see him punished for that.

Meanwhile, Cohen’s office immediately issued a statement after the show ran denying that Stormy was ever threatened by a “goon” who told her to keep quiet about the whole thing. Stormy says she could pick the guy out if she ever saw him again. Cohen better have him stashed away somewhere in Fiji.

Will it matter to Trump voters? Probably not. The men will all think, good for you, regarding their evil leader. Maybe the women who voted for Trump will think twice. But then again, nothing else has shaken their belief in this dodo.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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