Ebert show premieres at 2.7 rating, now leveling off

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Ratings for movie critic Roger Ebert’s new show, Ebert Presents at the Movies, scored a 2.7 for its debut Jan. 21 and 22 on WTTW in Chicago, but have since tapered, according to Nielsen Media Research figures obtained by Chicago media critic Robert Feder. Weekends subsequent to its premiere garnered at 1.5 and 1.3. “Those are good ratings,” Ebert told Feder. Ebert’s wife, Chaz, also noted: “Our preliminary feedback is that WTTW and APT [syndicator American Public Television] have been very pleased so far since our beginning ratings exceeded all projections and also seem to expand the demographics picture.” And yes, you’re correct, apparently Ebert has dropped his first name from the show’s title.

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