Skip to comments.Lackluster Ratings for CNN’s ‘Parker Spitzer’
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 networks 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 OReilly 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, Ricks 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.
Ricks List had been drawing about 491,000 viewers before CNN dumped Mr. Sanchez...
Parker Spitzer lost about 8 percent of Mr. Sanchezs 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...
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Ping. You beat me to it. If Parker is conservative then I’m Mickey Mouse.
(she also wrote a column in which she asked for Palin to bow out so as to save the McCain campaign)
In CNNs eyes this is a conservative.