From Media Matters:
This week, Keith Olbermann debuted his Countdown show on Current TV, having left MSNBC earlier this year. According to Nielsen numbers released by Current, Countdown’s Monday night debut attracted 179,000 viewers between the ages of 25-54. It was an impressive showing for Current, a cable channel whose primetime audience in the past has hovered around 30,000 viewers.
Countdown did well enough to beat out its CNN competition in the 8 p.m. time slot. What’s also telling is how, in just one night, Olbermann managed to completely obliterate the ratings of Fox’s Eric Bolling, whose nightly Fox Business show continues to be mired in a ratings wasteland.
Some commenters rightly note that Media Matters is engaging in some sleight of hand comparable to claims of non-transphobia from a Gay, Inc.-oid who occupies a position of employment that no trans person of equal or better qualification was ever considered for; note the main comparison is between Current and Faux Business Channel.
Oddly though, I don’t see many people playing up the fact that Olbermann beat out CNN. Faux News Channel’s ratings are as fraudulent as its claim that it is unbiased, so dealing with anything regarding its actual viewership is like analysing a press release from HRC (remember: Faux News’s purpose isn’t to exist for its own sake, but rather to be the instigator in the corporatist media echo chamber.) But CNN, despite often being as pathetic as a David-Gregory-to-Mitch-McConnell softball, is still technically a legitimate operation – and is far more widely available than Current – so Keith beating it out immediately is a big deal.