Especially when there are nuns involved!
I hear the noise as well. It's probably the highest noise level I have heard on television--at least for shows produced after 1965. I am guessing a S/N ratio of about 45 db. I have Verizon FIOS, and I am watching my TiVo's recording. The commercials have no audible noise at all.
The noise was pretty terrible here, way worse than local news programs (which can be pretty bad in New Mexico, especially during holidays when the "B" squad takes over) while the commercials were dead clean, and as usual, louder average level.
45 dB S/N might be optimistic, looking at an RTA inserted on my home theater system during some of the dialog looked almost like compressed pink noise, the fundamental voice frequencies only popping 6 dB or so above a "wall" of noise. Could not see "esses" above the noise on some of the dialog.
Although I have heard bad noise levels on many other broadcasts, this was the first I recall actually clearly seeing
it on the Alesis GEQ830 RTA, which only has a 24 dB "window".