Movie star appearances, budding scandals and a family feud topped C-SPAN’s most watched videos this year, led by “Interview” actor Seth Rogen’s Senate statement on Alzheimer's Research nearly a year ago that drew 6.6 million views.
Combining numbers of views through C-SPAN's online Video Library, Facebook, YouTube, and shared via Twitter, the public service cable network culled the Top 10 most watched of the year.
Other notables included this month’s family feud between politically dueling brothers Brad Woodhouse, a Democratic dynamo, and his Republican activist brother Dallas. The televised policy fight went viral when their mom called in to tell them to shut up.
“Oh God, it’s mom,” said Dallas Woodhouse when he recognized his mother’s voice.
Another notable was the video of a Florida gubernatorial debate when Gov. Rick Scott refused to participate because his opponent had a fan in the podium. The mini-scandal was dubbed “Fangate.”
C-SPAN’s top 10:
1. Feb. 26: Actor Seth Rogen gives his opening statement before a Senate hearing on Alzheimer's Research. (6.7 million views).
2. Dec. 16: Brothers Brad and Dallas Woodhouse get an unexpected call from their mother during their Washington Journal appearance. (3 million views).
3. Dec. 9: Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., questions Jonathan Gruber during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about enrollment issues with the Affordable Care Act’s Healthcare.gov website. (1.7 million views).
4. Oct. 1: During a House hearing Montel Williams testifies that he wants President Obama to call Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto regarding Mexico’s imprisonment of U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who had been held in a Mexican prison for more than six months. (800,000 views).
5. Dec. 9: Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., finishes her questioning time at the health care hearing with Jonathan Gruber and Marilyn Tavenner by talking about her husband, who died from a heart attack, and the problems they had with health care. (715,000 views).
6. Nov. 18: While presiding, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., reads the final vote tally for the Keystone XL Pipeline (59-41). A disturbance in the gallery follows. Note: C-SPAN does not control cameras in the Senate. (600,000 views).
7. July 9: Former college football player Myron Rolle delivers his opening statement at Senate hearing on college athletes and academics. (545,000 views).
8. May 3: President Obama remarks at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. (520,000 views).
9. Oct. 15: The start of the Florida Governor Debate between Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist is delayed due to a fan beneath the podium of Crist. (450,000 views).
10. Jan. 30: Former first lady Laura Bush talks about whether the first lady should receive a salary in an exclusive interview with C-SPAN for its first ladies series. (410,000 views).
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.