Thursday, March 30, 2006
Yep, Michael Eisner's Talk Show Was A Flop
We said it first: even if Michael Eisner's talk show was okay, no one would be able to find it since it was airing every other week on CNBC, home of flop talk shows by non-talk show talent like Tina Brown and John McEnroe. But no one is going to have trouble finding the show because no one is going to be looking: Eisner's debut drew a miserable 95,000 viewers per Mediaweek. (Is that higher than C-SPAN?) Gee, hard to imagine someone who's never hosted a talk show and proven himself a prickly talk show guest, and someone who substitute-hosted a show and demonstrated he would do more talking than his guests didn't fly. I don't know who's stupider: the folks at CNBC for signing him onto a biweekly talk show (which is better than Brown's monthly series, I suppose) or Eisner for taking it. And Mediaweek is crazy to suggest he did an okay job interviewing Howard Stringer of Sony. Eisner barely let the guy get a word in edgewise.