Imagine the ratings.
Presumably that’s what CBS chief Les Moonves was imagining when he told an investor conference in San Francisco yesterday that “I hope it’s back; we will see.”
The NYT Decoder blog also reports that Moonves noted even with the show on suspension it’s still a moneymaker for the network: “Doing eight less originals saves us quite a bit of money…I am not saying long term I want this to go on or it’s great, but the repeat last night actually was the fourth-highest rated show of the night.”
And while no one from CBS called in to Piers Morgan the other night to respond to Charlier directly that doesn’t mean they are paying attention. Said Moonves: “He is on the air quite a bit these days. I wish he would have worked this hard to promote himself for an Emmy.”
Maybe he is working to for the all-coveted performance art Emmy.
Regardless nothing about Moonves’ tone leads one to the conclusion that a hard and fast line has been drawn in the sand.
And the more Sheen continues on his one man media bonanza the more appealing his return must look to the ratings-hungry folks at CBS. No doubt some sort of admission from Charlie that he is going to clean up his act and spend a month in rehab or something similar will be all it takes to nudge him back into the CBS fold.
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