With her premier as the solo news anchor for CBS Katie took the top spot for the nightly news shows yesterday evening. Unfortunately for Couric and CBS I believe that this popularity was more a demonstration of curiousity seekers than a shift in the viewing habits of the American public. More unfortunately for them the show itself was a lame ‘fluff-fest’. With Katie going on about how Vanity Fair had finally gotten pictures of “the most infamous recluse in the world” yes that right a major portion of the show was dedicated to the fact that there are now photos of Tom Cruise (infamous social misfit and couch jumping idiot) and Katie Holmes’ baby Suri. Who cares? For a moment I thought the kids had switched the channel to watch Access Hollywood.
Katie ended the show by waxing on about how real journalists of the past had ended their broadcasts running the audio of some illustrious news journalists of the past. Then, it offered the images of mythical buffoon newsmen Ted Baxter (Ted Knight) and Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell). That was nothing less than moronic. She ended by going on about how she had yet to decide on her personal signature tag line with which to end the CBS-Couric fluff-fest broadcast. She concluded by asking viewers to send her suggestions if they had any. (Is this a contest? Perhaps the prize is a specially configured Tivo that won’t allow viewing of CBS in the 6:30pm to 7:00pm timeslot!) My personal suggestion for Katie is “Goodnight this is Katie Couric signing off and thankfully early enough so viewers really interested in the news can get it on NBC immediately following this broadcast.”
Couric newscast takes top spot in overnight ratings - MarketWatch