3.27.2009

CNN in Third Place in Prime Time For First Time

I can't imagine why this is when you have a buffoon like Ed Henry & and GOP fluffer John King pretending to be anything but the right-wing hacks that they are and people have Foxed news if that's what they want. They don't want to see it on CNN. CNN made a mistake in jumping to the right in order to fight off the phony liberal label Fox threw at them. They should have said, FUCK YOU and continued doing what they did all along: Real news. Real reporting. Real journalism.

From HuffPo:

CNN is poised to finish March third in the prime-time weeknight ratings behind Fox News Channel and MSNBC, the first time this has ever happened for the channel that pioneered the cable news genre nearly three decades ago.

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Through Wednesday, Fox was averaging 2.73 million prime-time viewers in March. MSNBC had 1.16 million and CNN had 1.14 million. The March ratings period ends Friday, and it's doubtful CNN will be able to overcome MSNBC.

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CNN's ratings news "is very significant," said Frank Sesno, a former CNN Washington bureau chief and now a professor at George Washington University. "This is a big problem."

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MSNBC chief executive Phil Griffin said the prime-time ratings are an affirmation of the network's decision to go liberal with Olbermann and Maddow. But he also said it pointed to problems at his rival.

"They've got the best brand in news," he said. "CNN, that's better than anybody. But you've got to deliver on that _ and they're not. It's a hollow promise."

He compared CNN to ESPN, which started at the same time, saying that, while ESPN has evolved aggressively and remained the leader in sports, CNN hasn't. Their evening lineup of Lou Dobbs, Brown, King and Cooper lacks any consistency or flow, he said.

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