Apparently, Lou Dobbs was the last rational “name” anchor holding CNN together. That’s a shame for the once-mighty CNN as it freefalls towards the basement, racing MSNBC and CNBCfor new lows of ratings disaster.
Isn’ this the guy they hired when they fired the previous guy because HIS ratings were “too low”, and AC360 was going to fix everything?:
Anderson Cooper is fading in the ratings.
The respected CNN anchor has seen his numbers slip significantly through the past year. His 10 p.m. show, “Anderson Cooper 360,” has declined 62% in total viewers and 70% in adults 25-54 from November 2008, according to Nielsen figures.
Last month, in Cooper’s time slot, Fox News’ “On the Record” attracted an average viewership of 1.9 million while “360” averaged 672,000; repeats of MSNBC’s “Countdown” and HLN’s Nancy Grace show averaged 655,000 and 458,000, respectively.
So Olbermann repeats are almost beating AC360. Ewwwwwwww . . .
But in the ad-friendly 25-54 demo, those same repeats won out over Cooper with 224,000 (MSNBC) and 214,000 (HLN).
So what happened? Let’s see: There’s no presidential election to ramp up ratings; there’s heavy competition from centrist CNN’s noisier rivals (see: Fox News, the No. 1 cable news channel); there’s people catching up on DVR-ed TV shows in the late evening; then there’s the loss of Lou Dobbs in the 7 p.m. anchor chair, among other possible factors.
As a more cynical blogger might say, boo-freakin’-hoo. My Grandma Albright would say, “Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.” Give me a break here. “People catching up on DVR rates more highly than “the loss of Lou Dobbs” s reasons for Cooper losing his lead-in? Rationalize much?
And calling CNN “centrist” just belies the fct the article’s writer is so far left he can’t see “center” from where he sits.
“Is your deck chair comfortable, sir? No, no — nothing to worry about. We see icebergs all the time here in the North Atlantic — and this ship is unsinkable . . . “