Sure, but how many turned down the sound and watched it with Pink Floyd’s The Wall as the soundtrack…?
Overall, for the six networks that aired the program simultaneously, the spot had a household rating of 21.7% (meaning that 21.7 percent of all households watching television were tuned to the spot.)
In comparison, the final debate between the two presidential candidates received a 38.3 household rating in the top 56 local TV markets. The candidatesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ first debate on September 26 received a 34.7 household rating in the top 55 markets; their second debate, on October 7, received a 42.0 household rating in those markets.
The last presidential candidate to air a paid simulcast was Ross Perot in 1996, which received a national household rating of 16.8.
Last night, the Baltimore market had the largest TV audience, with a household rating of 31.3, while the Portland market had the lowest household rating: 14.2.
I didn’t see the thing myself (I’d had some very spicy Mexican for dinner and was indisposed), but rumor has it that if you start The Wall at precisely the point where Obama, offscreen, says “But everywhere I go, despite the economic crisis Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ and war Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ and uncertainty about tomorrow Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ I still see optimism. And hope. And strength” — and provided you’ve taken a handful of ‘shrooms and quaffed at least a sixer of Michelob — the whole presentation comes of like some uber trippy version of Sidney Lumet’s The Wiz.
The kids are calling it Red Diaper Oz. Which I guess means there was a baby and some anal bleeding involved.
But I’d blame that unlikely misreading on the drugs and alcohol.