The Audience: Viewing from the Top

The pollsters can't seem to get together on how much television the nation's leaders and tastemakers sit still for. The Louis Harris poll has found signs of "growing disenchantment with television on the part of affluent, better-educated adult Americans," but the Nielsen rating service claims that the upper echelons are watching more than before. Perhaps they are both right. A survey by TIME correspondents shows that America's first families do watch TV, to be sure. But mainly they limit their viewing to news, public affairs and sports. Relatively few of them switch...

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