Valiant Olbermann edged out in ratings battle by “Deal or No Deal” rerun

posted at 11:38 pm on September 28, 2006 by Allahpundit

It’s not whether you win or lose. It’s whether you win or lose to game show reruns.

Congrats to the Olberdouche, whose crappy, insulting, unwatchable show has singlehandedly made players of Headline News and CNBC in the cable-news ratings game. The bright spot is, there’s no one left to lose to. He’s exhausted the universe of possibilities, unless Nielsen wants to start measuring him against non-news networks like Home & Garden TV. Which, perhaps, would not be to Olby’s advantage. Would you rather watch a Keith Olbermann special comment or a fat woman explain the best way to tend a cabbage patch? The question answers itself.

Keith spun the ratings as best he could tonight, to the great amusement of Johnny Dollar and Spruiell, who has video. He can’t go on like that forever, though; it’s too easy to mock, and Olby is little more than an anthropomorphized ego as it is. Look for him to downshift smoothly into the Adlai Stevenson explanation as more viewers start abandoning ship.

Incidentally, I noticed quite a few right-wing bloggers falling all over themselves today to denounce the New York Post for mocking Olby’s reaction to the anthrax prank that was played on him. All well and good, but let it be noted that douchebag didn’t respond in kind on tonight’s show to the same prank having been played on Senator John Cornyn earlier today. In fact, the DU had itself a great big chuckle over it this afternoon. Johnny Dollar says he’s seen a certain cable-news host hawking his book on that very same DU website. Can you guess who it is? Here’s a hint: he’s not quite as popular as game show reruns.


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Note to Keith… You may want to think about reformatting the show if you’re being outdone by reruns of a show about suitcase pickin’!

RightWinged on September 29, 2006 at 12:02 AM

If this keeps up, it’ll be “No Deal” for KO, when his contract next comes up.

Squid Vicious on September 29, 2006 at 12:03 AM

I dunno, RightWinged, those are some pretty crafty suitcases. Also, don’t forget the has-been standup comic hosting the thing.

Squid Vicious on September 29, 2006 at 12:05 AM

How long will Dan Abrams allow this embarassment to go on at (P)MSNBC?? Rita Cosby must be rueing the day…

SouthernGent on September 29, 2006 at 12:26 AM

Rumors are floating around that Dan Abrams may toss Olberdouche and Fathead Matthews over to CNBC. (Matthews didn’t do so well in those ratings either, if you noticed.) CNBC would be retooled as something other than a strictly business news station. If it is true, I sure as hell hope they don’t cut into any of Maria Bartiromo’s time. I’d much rather watch her talking about nothing than those two jackasses talking about anything.

tommy1 on September 29, 2006 at 12:35 AM

If you’re 24-55 and have a choice of THIS or THIS … it’s a no brainer.

The downward spiral continues. His ratings are just about in the tank, although, he does beat Paula Zahn. Anyway, Reuters sure loves the hell out of Keef Olberdouche… that stands to reason.

SilverStar830 on September 29, 2006 at 12:44 AM

Overheard in the Marine Corps motor pool:

SGT: Private! Where’d you park the douche-and-a-half?

PVT: In the MSNBC lot. But wait until midnight Seargent, then it magically turns into a 3 ton!

Kadnine on September 29, 2006 at 12:44 AM

wow links got totally fubar’d that time :/

SilverStar830 on September 29, 2006 at 12:45 AM

Just wait, there are libs out there ready to claim that Olby’s ratings are on the rise and O’Reilly’s are plummeting. And they’ll keep saying until three weeks after his show is pulled and they suddenly realize he’s not on the air any longer.

Mallard T. Drake on September 29, 2006 at 1:35 AM

B-but what about the pledge? The pledge!

Sean M. on September 29, 2006 at 2:04 AM

It’s late at night so my concentration is down.

Does anyone else see the similarity between Olbermann and this guy? It is haunting.

I mean the guy on the left. His name is Bert.

With all the fauxtography we cannot draw any conclusions. But they look alike, They talk alike.

entagor on September 29, 2006 at 2:37 AM

Just wait, there are libs out there ready to claim that Olby’s ratings are on the rise and O’Reilly’s are plummeting. And they’ll keep saying until three weeks after his show is pulled and they suddenly realize he’s not on the air any longer.

Mallard T. Drake on September 29, 2006 at 1:35 AM

My money is on GregH… Come on Greg, you know you want to take a stab at it.

RightWinged on September 29, 2006 at 2:58 AM

What, has GregH become our celebrity whipping boy?

I think we are above that. I hope we are, anyway. We’re a family here at Hot Air. GregH just seems to be that cousin or sibling that we don’t get along with. That’s no reason to mistreat him.

theholyhermit on September 29, 2006 at 3:58 AM

He’s need to get a spot on Al Jazerra. The Dhimidouche Show. This way he can help promote the Dhimicrats (The party of peace to the religion of peace) to their allies in Islam.

Hening on September 29, 2006 at 7:37 AM

If Olberdunce goes off the air, how will anyone know?

Hening is right. His next employer will likely be the new American Al Jazeera startup.

JammieWearingFool on September 29, 2006 at 8:04 AM

The bright spot is, there’s no one left to lose to. He’s exhausted the universe of possibilities, unless Nielsen wants to start measuring him against non-news networks like Home & Garden TV. Which, perhaps, would not be to Olby’s advantage.

Dearest Allah:

We want some of that Olby ass, too.

Best Regards,

Test Patterns, EBS Tests, and the Ronco Food Dehydrator.

Kid from Brooklyn on September 29, 2006 at 9:09 AM

Who was/is Keith Olberman?

Not,

GoingThere

GoingThere on September 29, 2006 at 9:41 AM

MSNBC News Alert, Countdown Update, 10:00 AM EST

Dan Abrams, general manager at downward-trending MSNBC, cited Olby’s recent success in landing suck-up interviews with Democrat power players, and has renamed Olby’s show ….. Godown with Keith Olbermann.

fogw on September 29, 2006 at 10:09 AM

If this guy is so irrelevant, why is he such a staple on HotAir? You know the old saying, the opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.

honora on September 29, 2006 at 10:34 AM

Overdumb is not irrelevant. He’s the self-appointed poster boy for the extreme left and therefore deserves to have the spotlight shining brightly upon him here at HotAir.

fogw on September 29, 2006 at 10:44 AM

Overdumb is not irrelevant. He’s the self-appointed poster boy for the extreme left and therefore deserves to have the spotlight shining brightly upon him here at HotAir.

fogw on September 29, 2006 at 10:44 AM

Which is exactly what he wants. Don’t you ever get tired of this endless volleying?

honora on September 29, 2006 at 10:49 AM

Would you rather watch a Keith Olbermann special comment or a fat woman explain the best way to tend a cabbage patch?

Definitely option B there, AP. At least I would be smarter after watching the cabbage segment.

BirdEye on September 29, 2006 at 11:05 AM

Which is exactly what he wants. Don’t you ever get tired of this endless volleying?

Good comeback honora.

He want’s to be ridiculed at laughed at?

As for the volleying, no, I enjoy squashing you like a ripe melon time after time.

fogw on September 29, 2006 at 11:07 AM

Which is exactly what he wants. Don’t you ever get tired of this endless volleying?

Parodying the parody of KO isn’t “volleying”. It’s more like an overhead smash.

SouthernGent on September 29, 2006 at 11:42 AM

Good comeback honora.

He want’s to be ridiculed at laughed at?

As for the volleying, no, I enjoy squashing you like a ripe melon

The volleying I was refering to was between the right and left (Olberman says…Hannity says….blah, blah, blah). I am happy for you that you enjoy smashing me like a ripe melon time after time–I really don’t remember any interaction with you but I’m sure you’re right.

honora on September 29, 2006 at 12:26 PM

Which is exactly what he wants. Don’t you ever get tired of this endless volleying?

Well, part of this is payback. He’s named Michelle the “worst person in the world” at least twice on his show, and if memory serves, one of those times was on a day when terrorists killed a hostage in Iraq.

The other part of it is that he’s a preening, smug, disingenuous, egotistical douche. Bashing him is joyful.

Allahpundit on September 29, 2006 at 12:32 PM

Well, part of this is payback. He’s named Michelle the “worst person in the world” at least twice on his show, and if memory serves, one of those times was on a day when terrorists killed a hostage in Iraq.

The other part of it is that he’s a preening, smug, disingenuous, egotistical douche. Bashing him is joyful.

Allahpundit on September 29, 2006 at 12:32 PM

Oh I get it. Still think in the end, it feeds itself. Frankly I enjoyed him a lot more when he was more wry and less political. Potato, potahto.

honora on September 29, 2006 at 12:35 PM

Michelle has only received two Olbys from KO? The girl isn’t working hard enough. She needs to get out and offend them with more of the truth. ;)

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GT on September 29, 2006 at 1:31 PM

What, has GregH become our celebrity whipping boy?

I think we are above that. I hope we are, anyway. We’re a family here at Hot Air. GregH just seems to be that cousin or sibling that we don’t get along with. That’s no reason to mistreat him.

theholyhermit on September 29, 2006 at 3:58 AM

Well, I’m not above it, lol. Seriously though, he’s not a whipping boy, but he’s already made himself known as a liberal defender of the indefensible and talking point regurgitator, so I think my prediction was pretty on target… especially sense there are only he and honora playing the game.

RightWinged on September 29, 2006 at 2:30 PM

What, has GregH become our celebrity whipping boy?

I think we are above that. I hope we are, anyway. We’re a family here at Hot Air. GregH just seems to be that cousin or sibling that we don’t get along with. That’s no reason to mistreat him.

theholyhermit on September 29, 2006 at 3:58 AM

Well, when someone insist on painting a target on himself and waves his arms begging for attention, you just know you have to take a shot. Ya just gotta.

.

GT on September 29, 2006 at 3:03 PM

Great post. Funny.

Cary on September 29, 2006 at 4:05 PM