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Clint Eastwood / Invisible Obama or No: RNC TV Ratings Plummet

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Clint Eastwood, a two-time Oscar-winning director (Unforgiven, 1992; Million Dollar Baby, 2004), bombed in more ways than one while talking to an empty seat at last night's Republican National Convention. Apart from the right-wing cable "news" channel Fox News, which was down only 2 percent, the overall television audience for the RNC's final day plummeted 31 percent from 2008, when the Republican circus ringmasters were John McCain and Sarah Palin.

Despite the tabloids' (and the tabloidized media's) emphasis on crucial issues such as Mitt Romney's good-looking son and Paul Ryan's abs (or lack thereof), only 25.3 million viewers – that's about 7.5 percent of the population of the United States – bothered to watch the right-wing show starring Romney, Ryan, and guest-starring Mystery Speaker Clint Eastwood, who reached a professional (and possibly personal) nadir while performing opposite an invisible Barack Obama. NBC and CNN suffered the steepest audience drops: 56 percent and 52 percent, respectively. [See also: Clint Eastwood Mystery Speaker RNC: What He'll NOT Say.]

Clint Eastwood: Trouble with the Curve

Clint Eastwood's upcoming movie is the baseball / family flick Trouble with the Curve, co-starring Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman. Robert Lorenz (assistant director in Eastwood's Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby) directed from a screenplay by newcomer Randy Brown. Trouble with the Curve opens on Sept. 21.

Source for the TV ratings data: Deadline.com.

Clint Eastwood picture: Getty Images.

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