“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).
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.