“Game Change” draws big audience – sort of

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“Game Change” draws highest ratings for original HBO movie in eight years

One massive marketing and GOP-undies-bunching campaign later, the unveiling of HBO’s Sarah Palin flick, “Game Change,”attracted 2.123 million viewers Saturday night at 9. HBO says that is its biggest original-movie opening crowd in about eight years.

To put the audience in perspective, that’s slightly fewer people than sat down the next afternoon at 2 to watch a rerun episode of History’s “Pawn Stars” (2.129 million viewers).

Big Hollywood:

‘Game Change’ Ratings Bust: Less than Half of ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ Debut

HBO’s anti-Sarah Palin film “Game Change” scored some pretty impressive ratings over the weekend – 2.1 million viewers, according to numbers released today.

But while the cable network may be tempted to spike the football, it might want to do some digging on some other Palin-related data first.

TLC’s “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” debuted in 2010 to five million viewers, more than double the HBO figure. Now, TLC isn’t a pay channel like HBO, but the tally still undermines the narrative that audiences were clamoring to see a Palin takedown.

Plus, while HBO’s film got almost universally glowing reviews and all the media attention a title could muster, the TLC reality show debuted on a much less well known outlet sans universally positive press.

Even when one adds up the three “Game Change” airings on Saturday it still only comes to 3.6 million viewers, far less than the number of folks who caught Palin basking in her beloved Alaska two years ago.

That’s strange, I thought the viewers of the Bill Maher network liked fairy tales.

If you want to hear the stories of the people who were really there with Sarah, read this:

I was with Sarah Palin by her side at every event on every flight on every bus trip up until a week following the election when I departed Alaska, returned to Washington to resume my role at the White House.

Game Change writer, Danny Strong, reached out to me as a pro-Palin person in early 2001 to get my help with his movie script. We spoke briefly. He asked me if the book Game Change accurately reflected my time with the McCain campaign. I told him absolutely, unequivocally, it did not. To this day, still my travel with Sarah Palin was one of the most positive, reinvigorating, moving experiences in my career.

By the record, Sarah Palin held 96 rallies in 19 states. She traveled independently by bus or plane over 200 legs. Steve Schmidt was not a daily presence on the Palin plane. The manifests reflect that Steve was with us for only 5 of those 200 legs. We poured through over 2,000 behind-the-scenes photos the McCain Campaign photographer, Shayla Craighead and see no evidence of a majority of the scenes, interactions from meetings portrayed in HBO’s film.


I use maps as a briefer and I do that and I’ve done that for presidential candidates, for numerous senators, numerous congressmen and so the idea that there was at any point—and let me just be categorical on this, the idea that there was at any point that Governor Palin expressed any uncertainty as to who were the various sides in WWI or WWII or the Iran/Iraq War or any other war, is absolutely untrue. She was incredibly intelligent; asked very informed questions.


I have known Governor Palin longer than anyone here—certainly longer than anyone in the campaign. We worked closely together for a number of years and during Governor Palin’s most stressful time, in her professional life and her personal life, whether it was creating an infrastructure for a natural gas pipeline, pushing oil and gas companies to their limits, scrutiny over the entrance to a national campaign overnight, the campaign itself, the debate, a book deal, numerous entertainment offers, a resignation of writing the book, we worked closely together. Working together, sometimes living together, living with her family and hers with mine—never before, during or after that campaign, never, ever, did I see the kind of behavior described at the end of the 2008 election, in the Game Change book, or what we have seen, read, or heard about in this movie.


What you saw from her publicly at rallies and at other public events is essentially what you saw privately, if you got a chance to spend time with her privately the way we did. She was engaged, optimistic, mastering the events and the facts of the day and all of my interactions with her, she showed leadership and resolve and was very much engaged in the entire process in a very optimistic manner exactly as you saw at the rallies and elsewhere.

It’s been three and a half years since Sarah Palin exploded on the national scene. These days she is a private citizen who isn’t running for any elective office. But she is still living rent free in the heads of Obots.

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55 Responses to “Game Change” draws big audience – sort of

  1. DeniseVB says:

    Hannity pulled 2.8 milion for the Breitbart video. 😀

  2. driguana says:

    This is such an interesting phenomenon. My liberal friends are all over the blogs today going…..”see, see….told you she was dumber than a sack of rocks”….believing that movies are reality and truthful. Movies are movies…scripts written by someone who decides what the characters will say and put into filmic interpretation by film crews! If anything has dumbed down America in the last 30 years, it’s the media, including movies.It’s sad that people believe this crap and take it for reality. What’s even sadder in this case is the incredible casting disaster of choosing such an ugly woman to portray such a beautiful one! This is all part of a current phenomenon I call “viral lying”….

    • DandyTiger says:

      I’ve seen that too. Perhaps the real audience for this all along was just liberals, meant as a way to nudge them back into the fold. I’ve never seen such gullible, stupid people. And I thought Alabama and Mississippi people were a bit off.

      Seriously, if you can watch that movie, given the obvious public facts, and think it’s accurate, you’ll believe a guy with no experience whatsoever can lower the seas. Oh wait…

    • votermom says:

      I commented somewhere else that watching Game Change would be like watching a movie about Hillary’s campaign screen-written by Patti Solis-Doyle.
      (I bet it would get the same audience, come to think of it)

    • JeanLouise says:

      Julianne Moore is a lovely woman and looked very much like Palin when in character.

      It was a terrible movie that was obviously designed to make sure that Palin is never again a national political candidate.

      The most interesting part of it to me was it was very sympathetic to Palin as a wife and mother. One of the subtexts of the movie was clearly that women need to stick to being the little woman and never let themselves be put in a situation where they can be accused of having ambition.

    • threewickets says:

      Calling girls you don’t like ugly. That’s so junior high. Who cares if Palin is beautiful or not. Why does that matter. Feel like I’m in the 50s again.

    • threewickets says:

      Saying you like Palin as a politician because she’s beautiful is not much different from Obamagirl saying she likes Obama because he looks good with his shirt off. Palin deserves more respect than that, I think. But whatever, I learn everyday.

      • myiq2xu says:

        From what I’ve seen the only people who make an issue about Sarah’s looks are the Palinhaters. They assume any guy who supports Sarah is doing it because he has the hots for her.

        I’m guessing self-esteem issues.

  3. yttik says:

    I got rid of HBO long ago. I was sick and tired of their misogynistic comedians, their sexist movies, and Bill Maher. In fact, HBO is a pretty good representation of the current Dem party today and the reason I got rid of them, too.

    • DeniseVB says:

      For a subscription network you would think appealing to a broader number of viewers rather than a hyper-partisan audience would be their programing aim. Most of Obama’s base can’t afford cable much less a premium network.

      I enjoyed The Sopranos and 6 Feet Under, but they eventually came to basic cable for free. As did Larry David and Sex and the City.

      I’ll wait. 😀

  4. votermom says:

    I first glanced at this story and thought some not-so-bright GOPers made a flag with Obama’s face on it and the Dems protested.
    Actually the other way around.
    Florida Dem party really was flying this outside their office.


    And people think it’s the right that wants a theocracy.

    • DeniseVB says:

      It’s hard work being an Independent, I have to constantly read both sides of the issues 😀

      Sharpton’s always been a sh*thead racist and never apologized to the Duke Lacrosse players. At least Imus took his apology right to the ladies Bball team, in person and they accepted it.

    • JeanLouise says:

      I’m not a fan of Sharpton and never have been but the article that went along with this tape described Rush’s vile and vulgar three day attack on Sandra Fluke as “relatively mild comment” which is no different than MSNBC defending Sharpton.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Until we can get R’s calling out R’s AND D’s calling out D’s, we’ll never move forward in those pesky areas of misogyny, racism, bigotry and assholery.


  5. DandyTiger says:

    Meanwhile in a surprise visit to Afghanistan, Panetta in a tent meeting with US leaders and Afghan leaders first made the marines step out of the tent and remove their weapons before returning.

  6. votermom says:

  7. votermom says:

    Check out this scathing Game Change review:

    But what people like Mr. Schmidt don’t understand is that the reason so many Americans fell in love with Sarah Palin is not because they hate Democrats. It’s because they hate Republicans. Specifically, Republicans like Steve Schmidt.

  8. WMCB says:

    Yet another rape at Occupy. From AOS:

    Woman Raped At Occupy New Haven
    Another rape that, per Keith Olbermann, is understandable. Even necessary, in a way.

    A member of the Occupy New Haven movement was raped in a tent at the Occupy camp late on Monday night or early Tuesday morning, police said.

    Police responded to the camp at 3:25 p.m. The victim was brought to Yale-New Haven Hospital and police charged England Gamble, 53, of New Haven, with first-degree sexual assault and first-degree unlawful restraint.

    Members of the Occupy movement said neither Gamble nor the victim are members of the movement. They said both are homeless and set up a tent nearby.

    Note that there’s some clown-nose on, clown-nose off going on here. When it’s useful, the 99% claims everyone in the 99%.

    But when someone gets raped, Occupy starts getting very exclusive about who is part of the “movement.”

    Via @freebeacon.

    Posted by: Ace at 02:02 PM


  9. myiq2xu says:

    According to Hot Air it was a camerawoman that Rock attacked.

    • myiq2xu says:

      The New York Times bestselling author of the explosive new book, Hollywood Hypocrites: The Devastating Truth About Obama’s Biggest Backers, Jason Mattera, had his crew’s camera snatched and hurled by comedian Chris Rock when he asked the star why he has called the Tea Party racist.

      “I was stunned,” said Mr. Mattera in an exclusive interview with Big Hollywood. “Tea Party members get called the worst things imaginable and still remain peaceful. But ask a big Hollywood celebrity to explain himself and the guy goes ballistic, wrestles the camera away from my camerawoman, chucks it 50 feet, and then challenges me to a fight. It’s unreal. And it perfectly illustrates why I decided to investigate and writeHollywood Hypocrites.”

      The confrontation, which took place around 2:00 a.m. on January 23, 2012, at Spike Lee’s Sundance Film Festival after party at Tao night club, ended with Chris Rock challenging the conservative author to a fight, says Mr. Mattera:

      “Chris Rock shouted, ‘You want to throw down? Let’s throw down right now!’ Of course, he was standing safely behind two bodyguards when he said it.”

      • myiq2xu says:

        50 ft is pretty good for an indoor hurl. Chris Rock must be wiry.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I’m a Chris Rock fan, but very disappointed in my chuckleboy for not being able to answer a simple question without going all spastic 😦

        Sorry, I’m recovering from finding out steroids are still banned for athletes, but photoshop and airbrushing are still okay for super models ? Back to my fainting couch…. 😉

  10. driguana says:

    That fabulous 1%!!!

    • JeanLouise says:

      Lysol??? I shouldn’t be surprised. I know that women were desperate to avoid pregnancy but, really, Lysol?

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