Obama episode of ‘MythBusters’ draws 2.2 million viewers


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President Obama may be having some trouble with his Democratic colleagues, but his ratings mojo seems to be working just fine.

A heavily promoted ‘President’s Challenge’ episode of Discovery’s ‘MythBusters’ science series Wednesday — in which Obama asked hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman to retest the supposed ‘death ray’ of the Greek mathematician Archimedes — drew 2.2 million total viewers, according to the Nielsen Co. It was the No. 1 cable program of the night among men ages 18 to 34 and men 25 to 54.


Proving its ratings mettle among young men, ‘MythBusters’ outperformed among men ages 18 to 34 against a number of broadcast programs, including the ABC hit ‘Modern Family’ and NBC’s crime drama ‘Law & Order: SVU.’

— Scott Collins (Twitter: @scottcollinsLAT)