The AP’s David Bauder writes about the big numbers generated by the Clinton/Wallace interview…
Political combat pays: “Fox News Sunday” drew its best ratings in nearly three years for this weekend’s electric confrontation between former President Clinton and newsman Chris Wallace.
Both men’s words were being dissected in the aftermath on Monday, with a Clinton spokesman saying Fox and Wallace had attacked Clinton with “an accusation,” not a question.
“I think the interview speaks for itself,” Wallace said. “They can spin all the conspiracy theories they want.”
The Sunday talk show had its best ratings since the capture of Saddam Hussein in December 2003, according to Nielsen Media Research’s measurement of the top media markets. It even outrated the morning’s dominant show, “Meet the Press,” although the NBC show was displaced from its usual time slot by golf. (Two versions of the interview were the two most-watched clips on YouTube on Monday, totally more than 800,000 views.)