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.