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CNN's prime time ratings continue to decline
Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Posted on 09/23/2003 2:09:58 PM PDT by jmcclain19

http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/cnn/0903/23primetime.html?urac=n&urvf=10643489956980.7520239648255277

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CNN's prime-time ratings still down despite overhaul

By CAROLINE WILBERT The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

CNN still is putting the final touches on its new prime-time lineup, but the first two weeks' worth of ratings are down compared with last year.

The network said Monday it has hired contributors -- including former Defense Department spokeswoman Victoria Clarke and Time magazine columnist Joe Klein -- for the 8 p.m. show, "Paula Zahn Now."

Zahn's show drew an average of 598,000 viewers in its first two weeks since CNN relaunched it with the new name. That was down 25 percent from the time slot a year ago, when Connie Chung's program was airing.

The new 7 p.m. show, "Anderson Cooper 360," drew an average of 446,000 viewers in its first two weeks, down 32 percent from a year earlier.

While down from last year, ratings have improved since the shows launched and are up over last month, CNN spokeswoman Christa Robinson said.

The shows were designed to sharpen CNN's hard-news image. The network has repeatedly reworked both its schedule and management team in recent years after losing its cable ratings lead to Fox News.

Jim Walton, who took the reins of Atlanta-based CNN in January, canceled "Connie Chung Tonight," which did relatively well in the ratings but was criticized for its tabloid style. He moved the 7 p.m. debate show "Crossfire" to a half-hour slot in the afternoon.

Anchors Zahn and Cooper took over their time slots months ago, but their new shows officially launched Sept. 8, with on-air promos, a new set for Zahn and well-known guests. The network has been working all summer to put together an ensemble cast for Zahn's show.

In addition to Clarke and Klein, CNN is giving Zahn's show nearly exclusive access to other network contributors, including medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and legal correspondent Jeffrey Toobin. The idea is to provide viewers something different during prime time, instead of just rehashed versions of the news they've seen all day.

CNN last week overhauled its news management, naming local-news veteran Princell Hair to run the flagship network. The goal, CNN chief Jim Walton said last week, is to get viewers to watch CNN for longer periods of time -- key to improving ratings.

Walton said last week he doesn't expect to make any changes, however, in the prime-time schedule.

"I'm very pleased with it," he said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: andersoncooper; cablenewsnetwork; chickennoodlenews; cnn; cnnschadenfreude; conniechung; cooper; fox; paulazahn; schadenfreude; tv; zahn
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This shouldn't be a surprise, although they were the founders of the field, they are by no means the best anymore. Is anyone really shocked that Fox's non-liberal bias on news stories is as popular as it is? Perhaps it’s because the populace tired of getting news slated contrary to their own views....
1 posted on 09/23/2003 2:09:58 PM PDT by jmcclain19
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If they'd stop the Bush-bash and anti-Americanism for just a few hours a day they might see a ratings increase.

Instead, they have tried all sorts of expensive "fixes", not understanding how simple the solution really is.
2 posted on 09/23/2003 2:11:02 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: jmcclain19
Stick a fork in 'em.
3 posted on 09/23/2003 2:11:41 PM PDT by mewzilla
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4 posted on 09/23/2003 2:14:59 PM PDT by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us)
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5 posted on 09/23/2003 2:19:28 PM PDT by geedee (Would the boy you were be proud of the man you are?)
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To: jmcclain19
Buhbye, o anti-American Communist News Network. Rot in Hell where you belong.
6 posted on 09/23/2003 2:20:05 PM PDT by Steely Glint ("Political language...is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable..." - G. Orwell)
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To: jmcclain19; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...

Schadenfreude

This is the New York Times CNN Schadenfreude Ping List. Freepmail me to be added or dropped.


7 posted on 09/23/2003 2:25:26 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: Diogenesis
Switzerland keeps moving. I hate that.
8 posted on 09/23/2003 2:27:41 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: Peach
Not being a liberal propaganda machine is a solution
they absolutely refuse to take.

So get ready for the ratings to continue to plundge
the worse is yet to come for Communist News Network!
9 posted on 09/23/2003 2:29:41 PM PDT by Princeliberty
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To: Peach
I find the only time I tune in CNN is when a major story is breaking that you know will upset the anchor types. Like today's smack down of the 3 Ninth circuit clowns.

The only value CNN is to me is entertainment value in seeing the faces of Woodruff, Blitzer and gang when news does not go their way.

10 posted on 09/23/2003 2:30:16 PM PDT by Swanks
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To: Nonstatist
And that Island off of France must be New Zealand!
12 posted on 09/23/2003 2:31:07 PM PDT by Princeliberty
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To: jmcclain19; Peach; mewzilla; Diogenesis; geedee; Steely Glint; Princeliberty; Nonstatist; Swanks; ..
The new 7 p.m. show, "Anderson Cooper 360," drew an average of 446,000 viewers in its first two weeks, down 32 percent from a year earlier.

What this article doesn't tell you is that the show "360" replaced, "Crossfire", itself had lost about FIFTY PERCENT of the 7 pm audience compared to whatever the hell they had on the air before they brought on Serpenthead and The Forehead and turned "Crossfire" into an hour-long liberal orgy. So these numbers are even more disastrous than you would think at first glance.

13 posted on 09/23/2003 2:32:31 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: SpiritualGop
Slow learners over there at CNN. They can't bear to face the answer; Straight news.
14 posted on 09/23/2003 2:34:46 PM PDT by chiller (could be wrong, but doubt it)
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To: Princeliberty
Doesn't CNN have any sense of responsibility to its stockholders?

Why can't they just tell the truth, so as not to continually alienate the ever declining frustated viewership?

The rigid leftist party line in nauseous and is costing the stockholders many, many millions in lost revenue.

15 posted on 09/23/2003 2:34:54 PM PDT by friendly
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To: Diogenesis

16 posted on 09/23/2003 2:35:10 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: Timesink
Ha! I love those screen captures.

I am surprised to here that Torie Clark is going to do commentary for them. I always appreciated her at DoD and maybe she will inject a not of sanity.

17 posted on 09/23/2003 2:45:30 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Peach
Good one, Peach.

If they'd stop the Bush-bash and anti-Americanism for just a few hours a day they might see a ratings increase.

18 posted on 09/23/2003 2:50:06 PM PDT by GOPJ
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To: Miss Marple
Is Torie leaving the DoD then??

Prairie
19 posted on 09/23/2003 2:52:27 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (I have dozens of great taglines in my attic. I just can't climb up to get them.)
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To: prairiebreeze
She left after major operations in Iraq were done.
20 posted on 09/23/2003 2:53:55 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Swanks
I find the only time I tune in CNN is when a major story is breaking that you know will upset the anchor types. Like today's smack down of the 3 Ninth circuit clowns.

Judy was noticeably upset this afternoon, wasn't she? Ha ha ha!

21 posted on 09/23/2003 2:55:02 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: jmcclain19
It's hard to see CNN when I've already deprogrammed it from my TV >:)
22 posted on 09/23/2003 2:55:09 PM PDT by Windcatcher
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To: jmcclain19
Ya see what lieing gets them ??
23 posted on 09/23/2003 2:55:48 PM PDT by ChadGore (Kakkate Koi!)
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To: Miss Marple
I happen to see the Amanpour fiasco where she criticized her own network. Tory Clark was one of the three guests. The other was Al "the Freak" Franken. Tory was the best of them all. It got so that Amanpour disagreed just to disagree with Tory because there is no way that she was going to agree without something reasonable and pro-American. And that's when she made the ill-fated remark about her own network. I laughed out loud when she spoke the words. The Freak Franken was out of his league with these two women.
24 posted on 09/23/2003 2:56:03 PM PDT by BushisTheMan
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To: jmcclain19
I guess having Janeane Garafalo host Crossfire didn't go over so well, huh?

Does this mean they will have to shelve their plans for a show hosted by Al Franken?

25 posted on 09/23/2003 2:56:11 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Miss Marple
Missed that. Guess that 'splains why she hasn't been on TV.

If she turns tail and starts touting the CNN company line....I'll lose my cookies.

Prairie
26 posted on 09/23/2003 2:58:58 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (I have dozens of great taglines in my attic. I just can't climb up to get them.)
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To: prairiebreeze
This is from 2002:


27 posted on 09/23/2003 3:01:02 PM PDT by ChadGore (Kakkate Koi!)
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To: jmcclain19
Have they gotten a Lazy Boy recliner for Arron Brown yet? I am concerned he might fall asleep and hurt himself. It almost happened to me one evening when I was surfing and came across his show.
28 posted on 09/23/2003 3:03:33 PM PDT by Voltage
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To: jmcclain19
Flush twice and maybe CNN will go away!!
29 posted on 09/23/2003 3:04:19 PM PDT by Skybird
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To: jmcclain19
CNN has come up with a NEW format by setting up their studios inside the DNC. McClandfill will be editorializing on the failure of GW and Iraq 24-7. CNN spokespersons say that the message was lost from being filtered by CNN's objectivity. Anotherwords, stay the course.

In other news Bush's approval numbers fell to -10% according to the latest Time/CNN/Zogby poll.

Pray for GW and the Truth

32 posted on 09/23/2003 3:08:56 PM PDT by bray ( Old Glory Stands for Freedom)
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        Lipstick on your pig-gee
        Put a tail on yoo-oo
        Lipstick on your pig-gee
        Won't make lies look troo-oo
        Bet your bottom ra-tings
        CNN is through
        'Cuz lipstick on your pig-gee
        Put a tail on you...

33 posted on 09/23/2003 3:27:55 PM PDT by Bonaparte
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To: FreedomCalls
What I can't figure out is how they get anyone into the studio audience for that incomprehensible over/cross talking fluff on CrossFire - do they pay them (or at least supply donuts)?
34 posted on 09/23/2003 3:31:21 PM PDT by Vladivostok
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35 posted on 09/23/2003 3:33:54 PM PDT by Tamzee ("Big government sounds too much like sluggish socialism."......Arnold Schwarzenegger)
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To: Diogenesis
My wife is going to be P*SSED!
36 posted on 09/23/2003 3:34:03 PM PDT by BlazingArizona
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To: jmcclain19
You would think CNN would get the message and hire a conservative for a prime time show. Even CNBC and MSNBC have got a few conservatives on board. With its whole audience built around Larry King, who draws primarily the geriatric crowd, they are never going to improve. Will the last person watching CNN, please turn out the lights.
37 posted on 09/23/2003 3:36:33 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
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... Crossfire audience ...

It's shot at a liberal university somewhere in the DC area. I haven't watched it in so long I can't remember which one.

38 posted on 09/23/2003 3:38:07 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: jmcclain19
Even my gym is playing Fox News in the TV monitors that used to have CNN.

It seems that Fox News is more viewer-friendly than CNN, since the people changing to Fox News at the gym are not conservatives at all.

39 posted on 09/23/2003 3:38:42 PM PDT by george wythe
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My! The whole city of Ft. Worth, Texas must be watching CNN.
40 posted on 09/23/2003 3:40:38 PM PDT by whereasandsoforth (tagged for migratory purposes only)
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To: Uncle Hal
"You would think CNN would get the message and hire a conservative for a prime time show."

They'd have to swallow their hate first.
41 posted on 09/23/2003 3:42:32 PM PDT by Windcatcher
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To: Nonstatist
Switzerland keeps moving. I hate that.

There was a Swiss national working at former employer of mine. I asked her why the "CH" for Switzerland. She gave me this
line [of bull] about it being from the German spelling - "Schweizerische", and "S" was taken by Spain(?).

I found out a short time later listening to a talk radio program cruising home one night...From the Latin - Confoederatio Helvetica.

So, CNN isn't quite alone misunderstanding Switzerland.

42 posted on 09/23/2003 3:43:05 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Diogenesis
Nothing wrong at all with that picture. Switzerland just decided to relocate further away from France.
43 posted on 09/23/2003 3:43:20 PM PDT by Diverdogz
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To: ChadGore
CNN has been swirling in the bowl for ages! Someone please jiggle the handle.

Nam Vet

44 posted on 09/23/2003 3:44:18 PM PDT by Nam Vet (It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.)
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To: Timesink
ROTFL! "Experts agree, OBL is either dead or alive" --- "Schuttle travels 18 times the speed of light"

Great belly laugh.

45 posted on 09/23/2003 3:53:46 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Timesink
Brilliant pictures!
46 posted on 09/23/2003 4:04:31 PM PDT by republicanwizard
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To: jmcclain19
It is not just CNN, it is most of the major media. For years they were the only outlet for "news", they had a captive audiance. Those days are numbered. I was once a news junkie, reading two or three newspapers a day, watching as much news on TV as I could get, and on the weekend all of the talking heads programs.

Not anymore. With the inter-net, I have access to news (in many cases) before the major networks can run a bullitin.

They are no longer the gatekeepers. More important then that, it is now possible to catch them in lies and distortion. When the "news" was more tightly controlled, it was almost impossible to get to the source material, but now, it is possible to read many accounts of the same story. Add to that, forums like this, where at anyone time, average people can point out the distortions, and lies minutes after they are uttered, it just makes life more difficult for them.

I no longer buy newspapers, or news magazines, and will only watch the talking heads if they have someone I am interested in on. Forget about the nightly news. It is not possible for them to provide anything other then their point of view in the 22 minutes they have, and so I save myself the headaches.

The first major network that bites the bullet and moves back to fair reporting will be rewarded with viewers, but they would rather be a mouthpiece for the left then make a buck.

47 posted on 09/23/2003 4:05:55 PM PDT by CIB-173RDABN
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To: Calvin Locke
There was a Swiss national working at former employer of mine. I asked her why the "CH" for Switzerland. She gave me this line [of bull] about it being from the German spelling - "Schweizerische", and "S" was taken by Spain(?).

I hope everyone keeps this in mind the next time a European tries to say something about the intelligence of an average American.

Not that we didn't already know the truth anyway, of course...

48 posted on 09/23/2003 4:07:46 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: Diogenesis
ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
49 posted on 09/23/2003 4:08:34 PM PDT by Mr. K (I am a wuss- I dringk decaf (but I sleep LOTS better))
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To: FreedomCalls
It's shot at a liberal university somewhere in the DC area. I haven't watched it in so long I can't remember which one.

Now that you say it, I think I knew that already, but other than a 90 second drive-by to see how far gone Janeane Garafaloopy would be, it's been years since I saw it too.

50 posted on 09/23/2003 6:06:38 PM PDT by Vladivostok
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