Murphy Brown returns to low ratings (and far from Roseanne) – EW.com
James Hibberd September 28, 2018 at 11:06 AM EDT
Murphy Brown returned to TV after 20 years off the air only to rank as CBS’ lowest-rated Thursday night comedy.
The newsroom sitcom starring Candice Bergen premiered to considerably softer numbers than similarly hyped yesteryear sitcom revivals in recent seasons — such as NBC’s Will & Grace and ABC’s Roseanne.
The heavily buzzed 9:30 p.m. premiere (which included a surprise Hillary Clinton cameo) was watched by 7.4 million viewers and had a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 — the softest of the network’s two-hour comedy block. Murphy Brown fell 15 percent from its Mom lead in. John Paul Filo/CBS
The performance is despite Murphy Brown arguably having the highest name recognition among viewers of any “new” show this fall (along with CBS’ revamp of Magnum P.I. ), so one would have expected to see far more sampling for its premiere episode.
By comparison, 2017’s return of Will & Grace on NBC after 11 years off the air had more than 10 million viewers and a strong 3.0 rating in the demo. Earlier this year, Roseanne stunned with a massive 18 million viewers and a 5.1 rating in the demo after 20 years off the air.
Reviews were rather mixed, with the return only averaging 53 out of 100 on review aggregation site Metacritic ( here is EW’s take ).
Murphy Brown returned following a dramatic day of live Senate Judiciary Committee hearing testimony from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexual assault. The hearings might have resulted in some fans of Murphy Brown ‘s topical progressive humor watching primetime cable news coverage instead (or, perhaps, switching off to give themselves a political break).
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George W. Bush Reaffirms Support for Brett After Testimony
Breitbart: George W. Bush Reaffirms Support for Brett Kavanaugh After Testimony, Whips Votes for Confirmation George W. Bush Reaffirms Support for Brett Kavanaugh After Testimony, Whips Votes for Confirmation Alex Wong/Getty 28 Sep 2018 Former President George W. Bush stands by his support of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh following his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Freddy Ford, Chief of Staff to former President George W. Bush, told Politico Thursday evening. “Yes, he does,” Ford told the news outlet when asked if the former president still believes Kavanaugh should ascend to the United States’ highest court.
In a statement to Politico last Tuesday, Bush affirmed he and the former first lady Laura Bush support the Trump court pick in the wake of a decades-old sexual misconduct allegation brought forth by California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford . “Laura and I have known and respected Brett Kavanaugh for decades, and we stand by our comments the night Judge Kavanaugh was nominated,” the statement read.
One unnamed Bush-era official with a personal relationship with Kavanaugh said that while they found the committee’s treatment of the Judge was “unfair,” it was wrong to believe Republicans are sure to bail on the nominee. “I don’t think the process was unfair, but I think the rush to ‘he is toast’ narrative that was dominating even before he even had a chance to testify was unfair,” the ex-Bush White House aide said. “It is, like, unless she came across as an insane person, he was going to be ‘toast.’”
Asked if he still supported Kavanaugh after Thursday morning, he said, “Hell yes!”
As detailed in his testimony, Kavanaugh was an associate counsel and a staff secretary for then-President Bush. In 2006, Kavanaugh’s former boss nominated him to serve as judge on U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Former President Bush has also reportedly been calling Republican senators whipping votes for Kavanaugh’s confirmation, a huge boon for the embattled judge’s chances.
“The key votes…are not easily swayed by the president. At least some of these members have received calls from former president George W. Bush in recent days, aides say.”
Bush is whipping votes for Kavanaugh https://t.co/H5DkxEZ1ZQ
— Tara Golshan (@taragolshan) September 28, 2018
Trump has little cachet with Republican members on the fence. George W. Bush has instead been calling some senators to whip votes for Kavanaugh. https://t.co/txBatZRHo2
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) September 28, 2018
Kavanaugh worked in the Bush White House as staff secretary for several years. He was originally introduced at his confirmation hearing in early September by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
“Here’s the Brett Kavanaugh that I know. He is hard-working. He has a sense of humor. He seeks truth in facts.” -Former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice pic.twitter.com/oEyJEHrdHr
— GOP (@GOP) September 4, 2018
Kavanaugh’s time in the Bush White House came up again at Thursday’s hearing when the now appellate judge detailed his history of traveling the world with President Bush as staff secretary.
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Brett Kavanaugh’s Rage & Tears Are Revealing, Body Language Expert Says
College Students Are Divided On Kavanaugh “His tears seem real and they can certainly call forth empathy,” she continues. “They can show that he is absolutely innocent, but I have also seen in my work throughout the years that people who are ‘caught’ sometimes cry because they feel like victims of circumstances. I have additional problem with somebody crying during their congressional testimony. I have seen people eviscerated during congressional testimony. He was not questioned with the same intensity as many have been. He’s the first person I’ve ever seen cry.” Brett Kavanaugh gets emotional and breaks down in tears as he mentions his father: “Why did I keep calendars? My dad started keeping detailed calendars of his life in 1978.””In 9th grade, in 1980, I started keeping calendars of my own” https://t.co/kFr2EJ9Z1F #KavanaughHearings pic.twitter.com/53aLLjtzUA — ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 27, 2018 She notes that when questioned by senators , Kavanaugh tended to both evade questions and redefine their terms, something that doesn’t necessarily mean a person is guilty, but is a notable habit. “I have seen this technique used so often by liars,” she says. “He has a habit of rephrasing and redefining terms and of not answering direct questions.” Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images. An example of evasion is when he responded to Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s question, “Have you ever blacked out” with “belligerent and attacking nonverbal cues,” and responding with a question rather than an answer, “Have YOU ever blacked out?” Wood says he used humor and the “everybody does it, we all like beer response” in response to the questions about drinking. “I was very briefly a substance abuse counselor and I had to question people every week on their drinking and their behavior. I would have asked him more specific questions like, How many beers did you typically drink at a party? What is the most you ever had to drink in one evening? … The drinking questions are critical to the assault allegations and it was interesting that that line of questioning was interrupted.” Wood says that a key piece of Dr. Ford’s testimony was revelatory, when she said that the laughter of Kavanaugh and Mark Judge is the strongest impression in her memory. “If Kavanagh did it, and he was laughing he may not have seen it or felt it as anything but ‘horseplay,'” says Wood. “He may not have had it register in his memory as anything wrong or bad. And or if he was drunk he may not have remembered at all. This is important because his anger is so strong and he seems so emphatic, and he could actually feel he never did anything like this.” Wood emphasized that we still don’t know the truth. Advertisement