Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Alec Baldwin’s Big Non Mea Culpa With George Stephanopolous Finishes 3rd in Ratings for Time Period


Alec Baldwin’s big non mea culpa nonburger fess up was a bust in the ratings last night.

ABC finished third at 8pm behind “Annie” on NBC and “Young Sheldon” and “The United States of Al” on CBS.

George Stephanopolous managed to get no news out of Baldwin concerning the accidental on set death of Holyna Hutchins. Baldwin maintains he didn’t pull the trigger and wonders how a live bullet got in the gun that killed her.

Takeaway: this has been hard on Alec but he didn’t do anything wrong. The lawyer for the Assistant Director agrees. This is not a big surprise. All these people are terrified of civil lawsuits not to mention criminal negligence.

But only 4 million million people tuned in for this exercise in self-preservation. Interestingly, this came from not ABC News but George Stephanopolous Productions. GS is now making shows and licensing them to ABC News as part of his new deal. This was a non news event. Kind of a Hamptons sit down.

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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