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Bill O'Reilly's Obama Super Bowl Interview Ratings Fall Far Short Of Prediction

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Bill O'Reilly predicted that his Super Bowl interview with President Obama would be the "most watched in the history of mankind," but he fell far, far short of that guess, as the New York Times reports.

O'Reilly made the prediction last week. To have followed through on it, he would have had to beat the record set by Barbara Walters in 1999, when 70 million people tuned in to watch her interview with Monica Lewinsky.

But the Times' Bill Carter says that the half hour in which O'Reilly's interview with Obama drew 17.3 million viewers--a hefty number, to be sure, but nowhere near Walters' record.