No-One Could Have Anticipated…

1 comment July 30th, 2009at 10:44pm Posted by Eli

Apparently, branding yourself as “That crazy old guy who doesn’t think Obama was born in the U.S.” is not good for your ratings. Who knew?

Mr. Dobbs’ first began reporting on Obama birth certificate conspiracy theories on the night of Wednesday, July 15. In the roughly two weeks since then, from July 15 through July 28, Mr. Dobbs’ 7 p.m. show on CNN has averaged 653,000 total viewers and 157,000 in the 25-54 demo.

By contrast, during the first two weeks of the month (July 1 to July 14) Mr. Dobbs averaged 771,000 total viewers and 218,000 in the 25-54 demo. In other words, Mr. Dobbs’ audience has decreased 15 percent in total viewers and 27 percent in the demo since the start of the controversy.

Arguably, interest in cable news has slumped across the board since early July when attention over Michael Jackson’s death was still at a fever pitch.

But, that said, Mr. Dobbs’ ratings over the past two weeks, during the height of the “birthers” controversy, are also down significantly compared to his overall numbers during the second quarter of 2009 when he averaged 769,000 total viewers and 222,000 in the 25-54 demo.

In summary, if Mr. Dobbs’ affinity for “birthers” is a ratings ploy, it’s a pretty ineffective one.

All this “Obama needs to produce his birth certificate” stuff would have been a lot more effective if Obama hadn’t, y’know, produced his birth certificate.

Entry Filed under: Media,Obama,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

1 Comment

  • 1. Cujo359  |  July 31st, 2009 at 1:55 am

    At least, it would be more effective if the birth certificate hadn’t been produced for both Factcheck.org and, umm, CNN. I think it’s time for Lou to surrender his car keys and sleep it off.


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