Former MSNBC leftist talker Keith Olbermann’s new gig is a flop.
After he left MSNBC, Al Gore scooped him up for his Current TV, America’s least watched network. (Gore is Current’s chairman and co-founder.)
As Constantine von Hoffman (what a name!) reports for bNet, Oct. 18, 2011, Olbermann’s new show has lost nearly a third of its viewers in four months.
When Olbermann first started, he had drawn a big (for Current TV) audience, averaging 106,000 viewers a night. By August, however, it was down to 79,000. Last month’s numbers were even worse: Olbermann’s average was down to 46,000 viewer.
That means Olbermann is paid $217.39 per viewer!
As a comparison, to put Olbermann’s numbers in proper perspective:
ABC’s new Charlie’s Angels got 5.9 million viewers last week–128 times that of Olbermann’s 46,000 views. The new Charlie’s Angels is now cancelled.
But this doesn’t mean Olbermann (networth: $35 million!) is at risk of losing his job because even at 46,000 viewers, he is still drawing twice what Current was getting before him. Pre-Olbermann, the network was averaging about 23,000 viewers a day in 2010. That means nationwide they had fewer eyeballs than a CW affiliate does in a mid-sized U.S. city.
Adept at lying, Al Gore tried to put a gloss on Olbermann’s dismal numbers. Speaking in 1960s clichés, Gore told Crain’s New York: “We’re going to be creating a lot of jobs for people who are not afraid to speak truth to power.”
Al Gore, you won’t recognize Truth if it bites you on your ample rear end. But you do know how to get power, I’ll grant you that.
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