Couric: “The Bottom Line Is That Seven & A Half Million People Are Watching Us”

By Brian 

An excerpt from the interview with Katie Couric in February’s Readers Digest, on newsstands today:

  What’s it like going from the No. 1 morning show to the No. 3 evening newscast? Is that like, Ouch? Or are you really unfazed by ratings?

I am blissfully unaware, but I am not exactly living under a rock either. The bottom line is that seven and a half million people are watching us.

No, it’s not the same audience that CBS Evening News had in 1968, but it is still huge. And I feel a tremendous responsibility to do the best job I can for those who are watching. I’m trying to strip the more formal traditional newscast of its pretension while maintaining a strong sense of decorum.