October 16, 2020


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Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.


  1. Destiny

    I can’t imagine Trump will be happy losing to Biden in the ratings. The ABC thing was Biden right? I didn’t watch either.

    I’m guessing this will also be a big night for cable news.

    • Amaury

      I think it’s important to keep in mind that ABC is generally better in the ratings department than NBC regardless in most cases. And also that this is L+SD. People likely watched one debate and recorded the other one on their DVRs, so they could watch the recorded one later. Look at October 7th and September 29th for the VP and presidential debates, respectively. ABC did higher than even CBS.(CBS generally has a lower 18–49, but higher total viewers.)

      • Amaury

        And now that this post has been updated with analysis, I’m seeing that the NBC town hall was simulcast on other networks, so the viewers for Trump’s town hall were also scattered across different networks a bit and not all at NBC.

    • Justme

      I won’t watch any of the local stations! Plus many watched online. And Savannah guthrie Was a real turn off. But I’m sure slimy joe didn’t answer any real questions because they are to scared to ask the dementia Joe his name!

  2. 69 Road Runner

    George Stephanopoulos acted like he was a fluffer for Biden, and then David Muir and then the other ABC “journalists” spent about 20 minutes after the town hall discussing just how great Joe was. President Trump, in contrast, looked like he was thrown into a viper pit, with the lead viper looking suspiciously like Savannah Guthrie.

    • Rilm

      LOL you mad? Guthrie didn’t let him lie with impunity.

      • 69 Road Runner

        And George didn’t do anything but be a Biden sycophant. Where were the tough questions about Burisma and getting the Ukraine prosecutor fired?

        • Rich

          Yeah, you’re mad. LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

          • 69 Road Runner

            Not mad at all. Just disappointed in the biased coverage by supposedly nonpartisan journalists.

        • There’s no need to ask those questions as they’ve been investigated thoroughly and debunked. Trump is asked difficult questions because he has a lot to answer for – and you know that.

        • BILL G

          I agree Biden was treated with kid gloves on ABC. There were no tough questions for him. You would think he was running for Senator ,and not President. No questions about Hunter or the Ukraine. No questions that really mattered to the American voters. If Biden wins will it be business as usual with him naming Hunter the new US Ambassador to the Ukraine? The few tough questions he did get, he did not answer.

          Trump should have known better than to go on NBC, That network hates him. He got nothing but tough questions. It was not a fair fight because you could tell the moderator despised him, like everyone on NBC.

    • bryan

      so you have a problem with women, got it 69 Road Runner

      • Bruce

        It’s fascinating you see Savannah Guthrie as only a woman. How chauvinistic of you. You know she’s also a horribly biased “journalist” as well, right?

        Trump has disavowed everything evil…including the dems…umpteen-nine times but Goofy Guthrie tries to make news as opposed to reporting. The only one looking “reluctant” was Guthrie because she’s proven to be reluctant to research anything.

  3. abc and abc news = 2 channels at the same time with sleepy joe – the sleeping pill.
    nbc and nbc news and msnbc and cnbc = 4 channels at the same time with donald trump.
    to get the all over channels rating you have to add up the ratings of thoose channels. 😉

  4. Joseph Daniels

    And just like the upcoming election, Biden whooped Trump’s bottom.

  5. Manny Chek

    Wouldnt watch the Biden townhall – ill watch the Fox highlights tonight.

  6. Bruce

    I don’t know how an American could support a party which values censoring news, rejecting journalism (court-packing, flip-flopping, racial comments, nepotism, metoo allegations) and allowing only its representatives to become filthy rich. The democrats want you to depend on the gov’t. The democrats want you to live on the welfare crumbs of a few of its gazillionaire elites. They’re lying to you, avoiding you and manipulating you with emotions. What am I missing? How is Trump a threat to your independence? What is Joe Biden supposedly going to do for you? I just don’t get it.

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