If its too biased for CBS, why is it O.K. for Showtime?
When somebody’s paying $30 a month, that’s their decision. On a network, there’s a public trust to it. There are some things that as networks we need to be balanced about. A cable network can be a bit more one-sided and do an opinion piece. It is much more difficult for a network to do that. Why didn’t you realize the problems with the film earlier? I know people sometimes think I’m Superman, reading every script. The truth is, I read virtually none. I don’t look at dailies anymore. I did not get a glimpse of the movie until it was put together. It wasn’t until the rough cut that you get hit with what the piece is about. The overall network audience is down 9% so far this season. But CBS’s ratings are pretty good. Would you like to brag? We are extremely pleased. We just finished the first week in sweeps, and we’re up double digits. But how do you account for the big overall drop? Well, the big drop is in 18-to-34- year-old men. Obviously, cable is trying to take credit for taking some