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Lackluster Ratings for CNN’s ‘Parker Spitzer’
NY Times ^ | 10/05/2010 | Bill Carter

Posted on 10/05/2010 3:50:39 PM PDT by iowamark

The new CNN entry “Parker Spitzer” may not be the answer to that network’s chronic ratings problems in prime time – at least from the evidence of its first night on the air.

The political discussion program, featuring the hosts Kathleen Parker, the conservative columnist, and Eliot Spitzer, the one-time governor of New York, fizzled badly in its initial outing Monday, attracting only 454,000 total viewers.

That not only left CNN far behind its main rivals — Bill O’Reilly on Fox had 3.1 million on Fox News and Keith Olbermann had 1.1 million on MSNBC – but it also trailed Nancy Grace on the HLN channel, who had 468,000 viewers.

Even worse for the new CNN program, it lost viewers from the show on just ahead of it, “John King USA,” which had 471,000 viewers. Perhaps more troubling for CNN, “Parker Spitzer” was down sharply from the show it replaced, “Rick’s List,” hosted by Rick Sanchez, who was recently ousted from CNN. And it even fell short of the show that had long occupied the 8 p.m. slot on CNN, with Campbell Brown.

Ms. Brown dropped out of the competition in May when she conceded she was not competitive with Fox and MSNBC. But she had been averaging over 500,000 viewers.

“Rick’s List” had been drawing about 491,000 viewers before CNN dumped Mr. Sanchez...

“Parker Spitzer” lost about 8 percent of Mr. Sanchez’s total audience from September, but fared even worse among the viewers that the news channels sell to advertisers, those between the ages of 25 and 54. Mr. Sanchez had averaged 156,000 viewers in that group in September. On Monday night, “Parker Spitzer” pulled in only 118,000, a drop of 24 percent...

(Excerpt) Read more at mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cnn; parker; spitzer
Client number 9 can't buy a friend.
1 posted on 10/05/2010 3:50:41 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark
Total Viewers (Live +SD)

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
Fox News Beck: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
2.259 2.049 2.026 3.112 2.097 1.791 1.518 983
MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow: O’Donnell: Olbermann: Maddow:
625 845 773 1.115 854 887 542 385
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: KingUSA: ParkerSpitzer: King: Cooper: Cooper: King:
432 463 471 454 543 512 355 355
HLN Showbiz: Prime: Issues: Grace: Behar: Grace: Showbiz: Behar:
136 219 338 458 285 255 293 285

2 posted on 10/05/2010 3:51:34 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark
Client number 9 can't buy a friend. Isn't that how he got in trouble???
3 posted on 10/05/2010 3:53:58 PM PDT by ColdOne (GOP. Gutless Old Politicians :^))......November and Beyond!)
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To: iowamark

Who? :)


4 posted on 10/05/2010 3:59:11 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: iowamark

Now I want to see the numbers from all cable channels.


5 posted on 10/05/2010 4:00:11 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: iowamark

Philandering ruined the careers of Bob Packwood and Gary Hart; now it starts the scumbags’ career. And as far as I’m concerned, the last bit of respect I had for Parker is gone as well. I wish I watched CNN so I could quit.


6 posted on 10/05/2010 4:02:22 PM PDT by Spok (Is it RINO season yet?)
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To: iowamark

“Parker Spitzer” sounds like it should be the name of a detective in a murder novel. (Or should I have said, a private dick?)


7 posted on 10/05/2010 4:03:37 PM PDT by GnuHere
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To: iowamark

Interestingly, Parker is called “conservative” by the New York Times...
Everything is relative, I guess. They must be defining rabid as “liberal”.


8 posted on 10/05/2010 4:05:36 PM PDT by alecqss
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To: GeronL

Loving those abysmal numbers for Joy Behar’s show. That’s about the same as the mid-size California town where I live.


9 posted on 10/05/2010 4:33:01 PM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Ronald Reagan: "our liberal friends....know so much that isn't so...")
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To: Right Cal Gal

lol


10 posted on 10/05/2010 4:34:38 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: Right Cal Gal

lol


11 posted on 10/05/2010 4:34:38 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: iowamark

What a disgusting, amoral show concept. Par for the course at CNN, though. Least Common Denominator TV. Very similar to their soulmates at the Least Common Denominator Political Party.


12 posted on 10/05/2010 4:36:56 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: iowamark

Awful insult to viewers to give Spitzer his own show.


13 posted on 10/05/2010 4:44:59 PM PDT by varina davis (Life is not a dress rehearsal)
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To: iowamark

If Spitzer DID Parker live on CNN, it wouldn’t get any ratings..


14 posted on 10/05/2010 4:46:06 PM PDT by ken5050 (Payback's a "Pelosi")
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To: alecqss

Parker disgusts me even more than Spitzer, and that is saying a lot.


15 posted on 10/05/2010 4:47:44 PM PDT by comebacknewt
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To: iowamark

I was just thinking that if I had to come up with the worst possible combo for a cable news show, this might just be it. And then I remembered The View is still on.


16 posted on 10/05/2010 4:48:05 PM PDT by FelixFelicis
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To: ken5050

Cant wait for their special on family values... maybe John Edwards could be the guest of honor. Dem perverts and whoremongers in primetime.... what a network


17 posted on 10/05/2010 4:52:41 PM PDT by doosee
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To: iowamark

What? Nobody wants to see a Democrat on CNN? But its such a novelty!


18 posted on 10/05/2010 4:53:20 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: FelixFelicis

Oops, I guess The View isn’t cable. Or news. But you get the idea.


19 posted on 10/05/2010 4:53:44 PM PDT by FelixFelicis
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To: ColdOne

No, he got in trouble for the destruction of AIG. The outing was pay back by a very rich and severely pissed off Hank Greenburg, the injured rich man

He taught us a lesson. Don’t get mad, destroy your enemy


20 posted on 10/05/2010 4:54:51 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Greetings Jacques. The revolution is coming)
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To: alecqss

Ping. You beat me to it. If Parker is conservative then I’m Mickey Mouse.


21 posted on 10/05/2010 5:38:14 PM PDT by dools0007world
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To: iowamark
From wiki on Parker: On Larry King Live she said of President Barack Obama: "I'm a big fan of Barack Obama as he came into office, and was not one of those Republicans who wanted him to do badly. I didn't want him to fail."[6] Parker does not believe that President Bill Clinton should have been impeached; at the same time, she believes Anita Hill's allegations against Clarence Thomas.[7] Recently she wrote that the best explanation for Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally is that he is a former alcoholic and that in organizing the event he was displaying the "grandiosity of the addict."[8] In one of her columns, Parker called Tea Party protesters teabaggers.[9] She referred to evangelical Christians in another column as "gorillas," "low-brows," and "ooggedy-boogedy."[10]

(she also wrote a column in which she asked for Palin to bow out so as to save the McCain campaign)

Palin Problem

In CNNs eyes this is a conservative.

22 posted on 10/05/2010 5:58:46 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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