REPUBLICANS: Reagan on the Offensive

"It would be funny," said Johnny Carson, "if he turned out to be NBC's only hit." Carson was referring to Ronald Reagan, whose speech last week was a moderate success, as speeches go.

According to a Nielsen rating, Reagan drew 17% of the national audience that had its sets on that night, running well behind The Blue Knight on CBS (33%) and ABC's Starsky and Hutch (43%). Even so, 13 million people saw some or all of a blistering attack on a Republican Administration by a leading Republican. Responding to an appeal for funds,...

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