'The Reagans' hoopla fails to attract view

Dec. 9, 2003 at 6:59 PM
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NEW YORK, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- "The Reagans," hasn't as big a draw with curious television audiences as expected, but a Showtime executive described it as "a home run for us."

The controversial TV show was aired by Showtime after CBS refused to broadcast it, and although no exact viewing figures were released by Showtime, Chairman Matt Blank said they basically matched those of "The Day Reagan Was Shot" when it was aired two years ago.

That would mean "The Reagans" was seen by some 520,000 households -- putting the show along the lines of Showtime's "Queer as Folk" and "Soul Food."

Although CBS dropped the show because it was considered in bad taste in view of Ronald Reagan's longtime bout with Alzheimer's disease and his wife Nancy's devotion to him during his illness, Showtime reported it received very few protests from viewers, and critics were generally impressed with its even-handedness.

"The Reagans" already has been shown two times on the cable channel and will have its last airing Wednesday.

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