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Showtime's 'The Reagans' a Ratings Dud
NewsMax.com | 12/3/03 | staff

Posted on 12/04/2003 9:06:54 PM PST by thesummerwind

Despite the media uproar of "The Reagans," its premiere on Showtime didn't exactly set the cable world ablaze, according to Zap2it.com.

According to news reports, a little over 1 million viewers watched the three-hour movie, which did bring a larger-than-average audience to the pay-cable network Sunday, but not one big enough to rank in the Top 40 cable programs for last week.

Eschewing the Showtime offering, about 3.5 million people watched the season finale of HBO's "Carnivale" Sunday.

However, HBO is available in about three times as many homes as Showtime, which reaches between 12 million and 13 million subscribers.

Showtime has claimed that "The Reagans" was its highest-rated original movie in two years. Ironically, its ratings were close to that of another film about the Reagan White House, 2001's "The Day Reagan Was Shot."

"The Reagans" will repeat on Showtime twice in the next week and likely air in the future on the network's "multiplex" channels.

Showtime ended up with "The Reagans" after its Viacom sibling CBS opted not to air the movie for what CBS CEO Les Moonves termed "moral" reasons, saying the film didn't present a balanced view of former President Ronald Reagan.

CBS was also facing intense pressure from conservative groups to alter or scrap the film, however Moonves contends that wasn't a factor in his decision.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dud; ratings; reagan; showtime; thereagans
I feel their pain. Put some ice on it.
1 posted on 12/04/2003 9:06:55 PM PST by thesummerwind
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To: thesummerwind
but not one big enough to rank in the Top 40 cable programs for last week.

Ha, seems like nobody with a brain in their head bothered to watch.

Tom Dash-hole. I am so concerned, Tim.

2 posted on 12/04/2003 9:09:17 PM PST by thesummerwind (like painted skies, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: thesummerwind
A few checked it out, but I guess it was a total flop. My sister tried to watch to see what the hub-bub was about, but turned it off soon after it started. She said it was pretty stupid.
3 posted on 12/04/2003 9:15:49 PM PST by concerned about politics ( "Satire". It's Just "Satire.".......So it is.)
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To: concerned about politics
It was stupid....what little I saw of it.
4 posted on 12/04/2003 9:26:08 PM PST by Arpege92
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To: thesummerwind
Let's see. that's 40,000 die hard Reagan haters (most likely off the arbitron scale in Hollywood) and the rest of the 960,000 being conservatives tuning in to see how really viscious it was.
5 posted on 12/04/2003 9:56:07 PM PST by Swordmaker
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To: thesummerwind
If they made a movie about the Clinton regime, called it "Citizen Stain" and honestly portrayed the criminal nature of everyone in that White House, now THAT would be worth watching.
6 posted on 12/04/2003 9:58:35 PM PST by Nateman (Socialism first, cancer second.)
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To: thesummerwind
Most of the audience was probably seething conservatives who wanted to know exactly how mad to be about it
7 posted on 12/04/2003 9:58:38 PM PST by thoughtomator (The U.N. is a terrorist organization)
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To: thesummerwind
where the hell is the list of boycottablesponsors????
8 posted on 12/04/2003 9:59:53 PM PST by gipper81
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To: thesummerwind
I wish there were more choices in cable service. It would be refreshing to have a conservative cable service that provided decent programming without trying engineer society into a perferted socialist worker's paradise.
9 posted on 12/04/2003 10:00:06 PM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: Nateman
"Citizen Stain"

That settles it. You're a genius.

10 posted on 12/04/2003 10:33:13 PM PST by Bonaparte
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To: thesummerwind
Showtime has claimed that "The Reagans" was its highest-rated original movie in two years.

Perhaps it was their only original movie in 2 years.

11 posted on 12/04/2003 10:36:07 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: thesummerwind
Well, I know one guy who watched this lame parody just to see how bad it was. I wonder if all 1 million of us watched it for the same reason? Can't wait for the Clinton/Lewinski movie to come out.
12 posted on 12/04/2003 10:59:55 PM PST by Jim Robinson (All your ZOTS are belong to us.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Extending and revising my remarks:

Don't know who would play Clinton, but I think Barbara Streisand would be a natural for Monica Lewinsky.
13 posted on 12/04/2003 11:02:41 PM PST by Jim Robinson (All your ZOTS are belong to us.)
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To: concerned about politics
Yeh, too bad no one saw it! Ha!

I saw a movie named "Celebrity" (1998) by Woody Allen. Judy Davis was great in it. Hate to see such a great actress waste her time playing down Nancy. But, I hear she was a perfectly nasty character, and that's what the liberals wanted.

I heard that Babs' gay son has aids, and that that fact may play into Babs' blistering, blind hatred for all things conservative, and Reagan and Bush in particular. Makes sense!

BTW, Judy Davis was great playing Judy Garland in the two-part movie. She shouldn't have taken part in this dispicable Reagan fiasco, though.

14 posted on 12/04/2003 11:24:22 PM PST by thesummerwind (like painted skies, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: Swordmaker
LOL! I don't get SHOWTIME, but to tell you the truth, I would have watched it to see how bizarre it was. If it weren't so disgustingly cruel and distorted, it would be outrightly hilarious. And I like Judy Davis (as an actress). She plays zaney and whacky quite well.
15 posted on 12/04/2003 11:29:02 PM PST by thesummerwind (like painted skies, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: Nateman
Let's see. Let's see about casting. Who could play Janet Reno, George Stephanopoulos, Susan McDougald, Webster Hubbell, John Huang, Fayme Malek, James Carville, etc., etc., etc.?
16 posted on 12/04/2003 11:33:09 PM PST by thesummerwind (like painted skies, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: DoughtyOne
It would be refreshing to have a conservative cable service

I wouldn't be surprised if it was in the works!

17 posted on 12/04/2003 11:35:06 PM PST by thesummerwind (like painted skies, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: thesummerwind
Janet Reno - Will Ferrel
George Stephanopoulos - Haley Joe Osment
Susan McDougal - Jeneane Garafalo
James Carville - CGI actor based on gollum

18 posted on 12/04/2003 11:51:57 PM PST by RatSlayer
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To: Bonaparte
"Citizen Stain"

'Scamalot', or 'Nightmare on Pennsylvania Ave', courtesy of two other freepers.

19 posted on 12/04/2003 11:54:52 PM PST by thesummerwind (like painted skies, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: Jim Robinson
How about dear Rosie O'Donnell?
20 posted on 12/05/2003 12:00:28 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted skies, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: RatSlayer
Excellent!

Hillary - Eleanor Clift?

21 posted on 12/05/2003 12:02:28 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted skies, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: thesummerwind
Yeah, Eleanor Clift for Hillary is great idea and Rosie for Monica would be great.

I'm having trouble thinking of people for Web Hubbel and Bill Clinton.

How about Robert Redford as Vince Foster?
Maybe Jason Alexander (George on Seinfeld) as Web Hubbel?
Perhaps Darrell Hammond as IPOTUS? (or are we leaning too heavily on the SNL cast?)

22 posted on 12/05/2003 12:26:52 AM PST by RatSlayer
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To: thesummerwind
LOL! And this year's nominees are...

    The Great Lewinsky
    China Clown
    The Iceman Cometh (Part 2)

    and...

    All The Presibent's Yen


23 posted on 12/05/2003 12:44:45 AM PST by Bonaparte (the world was new, beneath a blue - umbrella sky)
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To: thesummerwind
Who could stand to watch that third-rate wanna be movie? I knew it was trash the second I heard about it.
24 posted on 12/05/2003 12:46:18 AM PST by drumroller
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To: RatSlayer
I'm having trouble thinking of people for Web Hubbel.

Too bad Chris Farley died!!!

And Clinton......too bad W.C. Fields passed too. ;)

25 posted on 12/05/2003 12:59:44 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted skies, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: thesummerwind
Hahahaha! You've gotta be a casting director!
26 posted on 12/05/2003 1:10:57 AM PST by Bonaparte (the world was new, beneath a blue - umbrella sky)
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To: thesummerwind
Oooh, W.C. Fields is a good one. "Come here my little chickadee."
27 posted on 12/05/2003 5:53:52 PM PST by RatSlayer
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To: RatSlayer
Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.

A woman drove me to drink.........and I never had the decency to thank her! -- W. C. Fields

28 posted on 12/05/2003 6:11:06 PM PST by thesummerwind (like painted skies, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: Bonaparte
That settles it. You're a genius.

I have a few more.

29 posted on 12/05/2003 8:56:16 PM PST by Nateman (Socialism first, cancer second.)
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To: Nateman
LOL! I think you near about got 'em all!
30 posted on 12/06/2003 2:12:31 AM PST by Bonaparte
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