Saturday, May 5, 2007

Debate ratings
This little nugget was posted over at Drudge this morning: FoxNews scored higher ratings than MSNBC during the GOP debate on Thursday. The O'Reilly Factor had more than 2.3 million viewers while the GOP debate had almost 1.8 million viewers. At the same time, CNN had just 599k viewers. FNC's ratings dropped to a little more than 2 million during the 9 p.m. hour. So, more people were watching FoxNews talking heads talk about the GOP debate than were actually watching the debate. You can't make this stuff up.
Contrast that with the Dem debate the week before: Almost 2.3 million people were watching that debate compared to more than 1.5 million people watching "Sell-a-book" & Colmes over on FoxNews. You can't make any huge assumptions about these numbers. I don't think the low GOP numbers are caused because of a dynamic shift in how the American public views the Republican Party. The lower numbers could be because it was on a Thursday night or some other reason. Although, there have been a lot of complaints from Republicans about the "mediocre" field of candidates. It kinda reminds me of what the Democrats went through in 1992.

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