Award-winning news anchor sails to new ratings low

posted at 4:00 pm on June 9, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Katie Couric won an award from the USC Annenberg School of Journalism for her interview with Sarah Palin, but CBS is losing viewers by the bucketload.  TV Newser posted the bad news earlier today; Couric not only has lost viewers, but she’s gone below a previous new low in audience that Couric herself set during the presidential campaign:

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams was the #1 evening newscast again last week with a more than 800,000 viewer lead over #2 World News with Charles Gibson. And with an average of 5.18M Total Viewers, the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric had its lowest viewership yet. In fact, it’s the lowest viewership since at least the 1991/92 season, as far back as Nielsen records track.

But — but — but — she’s a great journalist! USC Annenberg told us so! Helen Thomas says “she saved the country” through her tough interview with Palin! Of course, now that the country has almost reached double-digit unemployment and the Obama administration has gone on a record-setting spending spree and deficit explosion, the idea that attacking Palin “saved” anyone seems even more ludicrous than it did a month ago, when Thomas first claimed it.

So why is CBS hitting new depths with its attack anchor? Maybe because Katie likes to attack Republicans but somehow misses the fact that Joe Biden has no clue whatsoever:

“When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed,” Biden told Couric. “He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.’”

Katie didn’t know that FDR wasn’t President when the market crashed, and that television — her industry — didn’t have commercial broadcasts for more than a decade afterwards. Either that, or Katie wanted to carry Biden’s water, and Barack Obama’s as well.

No wonder viewers have left CBS Evening News. They can watch better cheerleaders on ESPN2.

Update: I forgot the link to TV Newser, and just added it now.  Do me a favor and click over there a couple of times.  Thanks to The Right Scoop on Twitter for letting me know.


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Ahh…CBS News,the Chrysler of Network News

Jeff from WI on June 10, 2009 at 8:01 AM

Katie Couric is not a nice person. It’s that simple. She’s a vicious partisan all wrapped up in big white teeth, but her enmity for anyone who isn’t as liberal and as elite as she is is utterly transparent. That’s why no one watches her. Who wants to spend a half hour watching that bitchy fake girl from junior high read the news?

Rational Thought

AMEN!

torrejranne on June 10, 2009 at 8:03 AM

Couric has to have incriminating pictures on some CBS exec to keep her job. It’s certainly not from being any good.

Jeff from WI on June 10, 2009 at 8:11 AM

Network News has to realize it’s 1950 and they’re in the ice for “ice boxes” business

Jeff from WI on June 10, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Katie you ignorant sl&t…redrock on June 9, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Thank you – needed to laugh today.

As far as CBS specifically, Rathergate Word was the eye opener that confirmed my prior distrust of ANYTHING coming from network news organizations, regardless of the talking head behind the teleprompter. Today, the “hidden” agendas are no longer disguised as news for the non-thinkers, but propaganda out in plain sight for those who understand and recognize truth and objectivity. Fortunately, the line between understanding propaganda and objectivity is confirmed by the continual decline of eyeballs for the mainstream Koolaid distributors.

scituate_tgr on June 10, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Will this skank never go away?

woodNfish on June 10, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Know why it’s called “CBS”?

Cuz all you “C” is “BS”

76United on June 10, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Will this skank never go away?

woodNfish on June 10, 2009 at 10:26 AM

No Wood, she’s NEVER going away. She’ll end up like Helen Thomas, an old troll that people laugh at or pity. In fact, she’s just about there now.

Jeff from WI on June 10, 2009 at 11:10 AM

I’d rather date Helen Thomas than watch Couric’s lies and bs.

OmahaConservative on June 10, 2009 at 12:44 PM

I think CBS would do better to pay Couric to resurrect the old Ed Sullivan Show. Being a lefty she’d enjoy the “Hollywood Types”, and she’d find more credibility talking to a mouse puppet or a Hispanic Astronaught

Jeff from WI on June 10, 2009 at 1:00 PM

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams was the #1 evening newscast again last week with a more than 800,000 viewer lead over #2 World News with Charles Gibson. And with an average of 5.18M Total Viewers, the CBS Evening News with

Katie Couric had its lowest viewership yet. In fact, it’s the lowest viewership since at least the 1991/92 season, as far back as Nielsen records track
Does this include Fox News as well?
paulsur

No, Fox News is cable, meaning people have to pay to get it.
ABC, CBS, NBC are free!

Couric is the bottom of what no one has to pay for.

DSchoen on June 10, 2009 at 1:38 PM

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams was the #1 evening newscast again last week with a more than 800,000 viewer lead over #2 World News with Charles Gibson. And with an average of 5.18M Total Viewers, the CBS Evening News with

Katie Couric had its lowest viewership yet. In fact, it’s the lowest viewership since at least the 1991/92 season, as far back as Nielsen records track
Does this include Fox News as well?
paulsur

No, Fox News is cable, meaning people have to pay to get it.
ABC, CBS, NBC are free!

Couric is the bottom of what no one has to pay for.

DSchoen on June 10, 2009 at 1:38 PM

So basically, the “big three” network news is worth what we pay for it……NOTHING

Jeff from WI on June 10, 2009 at 1:46 PM

You get what you pay for. If you don’t believe me just ask the UAW or ACORN.

bluegrass on June 10, 2009 at 5:22 PM

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