A week after he died, Mike Wallace earned huge ratings for “60 Minutes.”
The CBS News titan died April 7 at age 93. The CBS News show — on which Wallace starred for nearly 40 years — paid tribute to its fallen giant for the entire hour this past Sunday.
The show drew 11.025 million viewers and landed in the Top 10 — ranked eighth — of all prime-time shows for the week of Monday, April 9, through Sunday, April 15, the night the Wallace “60 Minutes” aired.
The fascinating show traced Wallace’s career from the early days of television up through his final years at “60 Minutes.” A portion of the show included an interview colleague Steve Kroft conducted with Wallace a few years ago, when Wallace was retiring.
The two discussed Wallace’s reputation for never shying away from tough questions, such as one clip in which he asked Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini if he was a lunatic.
“I’ve never seen an interview [of Wallace's] in which you did not dominate in terms of force of personality,” Kroft said to him.
“That’s very flattering …,” Wallace answered.
“How do you do it?” Kroft asked.
“I’m nosy and insistent and not to be pushed aside, and confident in the material that I have and the questions that I have,” Wallace replied.
Wallace was a towering figure in the history of television. Sunday’s “60 Minutes” was a fitting tribute.