Palin’s debut a ratings disappointment for Fox? Update: Ratings down on all networks?

posted at 9:08 pm on April 2, 2010 by Allahpundit

Before the complaining begins, yes, I would have written about it if the ratings had been huge too. How many posts have I done about her stupendous book sales?

That said, I’m honestly surprised.

While coming in first in its time perid — beating the Total Viewer average of the 10pm programs on MSNBC, CNN and HLN combined — FNC’s “Real American Stories with Sarah Palin” was down substantially versus the performance of “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” last Thursday as well as that program’s Thursday average for the month of March. “Real American Stories” delivered 2.073 million Total Viewers and 472k A25-54 viewers, down 10% versus last Thursday among Total Viewers and down 28% in A25-54. For all Thursdays in March 2010, the “Stories” premiere was down 10% among Total Viewers and down 19% in A25-54.

Winning the time slot and crushing the competition is nice but par for the course for FNC these days. It’s the Greta comparisons that shocked me: The lure of Sarahcuda’s debut, crowned with the LL Cool J controversy, wasn’t enough to beat an average hour of “On the Record”? No matter how lame the format of the show was, I figured her star power would send it stratospheric.

Although in her defense, the format was awfully lame:

From start to finish this show felt like something that got cobbled together rather than a top down well planned and well coordinated special. There’s no cohesion between segments other than the umbrella “Real American Stories”…

It wasn’t tailored to Palin’s strengths. It was tailored to her weaknesses. What makes Palin the “big star”, the reason for FNC to land her in the first place, is her ability to riff on a variety of subjects but tailor them in ways that resonate with some people. But in a rigidly controlled special like this, Palin came off as stiff. Palin really couldn’t be Palin, though she did awkwardly try a couple of times. You could have plugged in a dozen FNC talents in her place and the result would have been pretty close to what you got. Maybe a bit better.

If FNC really wants to do a Palin hosted special it needs to do it right. It needs to start from scratch and tailor a show that utilizes her strengths. I can think of several scenarios right now that would really work well. But putting Palin in a paint by numbers format like what we saw tonight, where she doesn’t have the freedom to do what she does best, isn’t one of them. This was a wasted opportunity.

That’s from Inside Cable News; big-media reviews were less kind, although even they focused mainly on how lazy and formulaic the concept was rather than her performance. Now that I think of it, this isn’t the first time a conservative woman with a huge grassroots fan base has been saddled with a, shall we say, unfortunate program idea by FNC (“has the feel of a kids’ news show on Nickelodeon”). In fact, legend has it that a copy of that star-crossed pilot still exists on certain people’s back-up hard drives, ready to awaken from its slumber and return to the world at any time. Could be never, could be … tomorrow. Keep watching the skies, my friends…

Update: Conservatives 4 Palin points to this comment at TV Newser noting that ratings are down dramatically this week throughout cable news. I don’t know what the source is for those numbers, but can confirm that traffic has also been slow this week (today especially). Could be related to Holy Week.


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Her ratings will be better when she is presenting from the Oval Office. :)

Brian1972 on April 2, 2010 at 10:34 PM

I’ll take Obama and the Presidency.

chumpThreads on April 2, 2010 at 10:04 PM

You and the dwindling number of your fellow O-bot drones can have him.

ddrintn on April 2, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Fox blew it big time. Any Fox babe could have hosted that program. Palin didn’t add anything to it, so she shouldn’t have been wasted on it. Palin should be doing a special on Energy, on children with disabilities, on small businesses in the US, etc. Play to her strength.

Lauren Green would have been great hosting the special.

huckleberryfriend on April 2, 2010 at 10:38 PM

Holy Week, spring break, crappy weather in the Northeast. All in all, she did pretty good. Not sure that Greta would have done better.

EMD on April 2, 2010 at 10:39 PM

Play to her strength.

huckleberryfriend on April 2, 2010 at 10:38 PM

I agree, and her strength is in busting Obama’s chops. That’s what she should be doing.

ddrintn on April 2, 2010 at 10:39 PM

Unless she’s in Daisy Dukes and a tank top, or jello wrestling Gogo Yubari, I’m not watching.

Alden Pyle on April 2, 2010 at 10:39 PM

Does this mean LL might have made a good choice?

NextGen on April 2, 2010 at 10:30 PM

He missed out on 2,073,000 future fans. Yeah, real smart move.

Amadeus on April 2, 2010 at 10:40 PM

You betcha!

keep the change on April 2, 2010 at 10:41 PM

It was enough that Palin wiped the floor with the competition, but let’s be clear, this thing should have drawn more people. C4P is correct, viewership has been down, but the fact is, the special was poorly put together and did have a slapdash look. No Jack Welch, for example?

FNC did drop the production ball. Palin works best when she’s live and under pressure. This recorded format didn’t work well for her, but it was enough that she destroyed the competition.

victor82 on April 2, 2010 at 10:51 PM

Oh, by the way, as someone else pointed out, people tune in to Palin to watch her make news by going medieval on Obama. They don’t tune in for the fluff.

victor82 on April 2, 2010 at 10:55 PM

It’s going to be bad for you when she inevitably shows up on “I’m a Celebrity! Get Me Out of Here!”

The saddest are those of you who think the Quitter is some kind of political powerhouse to be feared by the Democrats. You lot will fall the hardest.

chumpThreads on April 2, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Isn’t it cute? The troll tries to sound all tough and everything. You’re idiot “president” is the one who is crashing and burning. Worst president in history. Hell worst in all of human history.

We’ll talk on January 20, 2013 right after President Palin takes the Oath Of Office. It will be Morning in America.

Run along now, the adults want to talk.

gary4205 on April 2, 2010 at 11:13 PM

…Palin works best when she’s live and under pressure.
victor82 on April 2, 2010 at 10:51 PM

Yeah, “Meet the Press” and “Face the Nation” are too easy for her. But Hannity, he’s ruthless! And Beck was downright brutal!

What a fantasy world you people live in!

chumpThreads on April 2, 2010 at 11:15 PM

I tried to watch it, but couldn’t get past that dog unwilling to pick up the boys pen even with the mother trying to encourage it to do so. I gave up on it and went back to watching Ken Burns “Lewis and Clark” on Netflix. That was much more entertaining and informative.

WildBillK on April 2, 2010 at 11:24 PM

I donno, when I look at the larger picture

FOXNEWS O’REILLY 2,981,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 2,256,000
FOXNEWS PALIN 2,073,000
FOXNEWS BECK 2,014,000
FOXNEWS BAIER 1,877,000
FOXNEWS SHEP 1,658,000
MSNBC OLBERMANN 989,000
MSNBC MADDOW 950,000
CNN KING 839,000
CNN COOPER 820,000
CNNHN BEHAR 641,000

Palin’s ratings are not all that bad.

Kini on April 2, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Besides, while Palin looks good on Television, I’d rather see her in the Office of the Presidency.

Kini on April 2, 2010 at 11:26 PM

I watch very little TV lately, too many commercials, too many tools.
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I read the blogs, catch a little YouTube, then pack it in.
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I think Sarah is great, but her voice is a bit squeaky.
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WFB jr, Orsen Wells, James Earl Jones, John Huston, now they had/have the voice.

esblowfeld on April 2, 2010 at 11:29 PM

OH and I should have mentioned that I really like Mrs. Palin and I hope she does become our next president.

WildBillK on April 2, 2010 at 11:29 PM

It was enough that Palin wiped the floor with the competition, but let’s be clear, this thing should have drawn more people. C4P is correct, viewership has been down, but the fact is, the special was poorly put together and did have a slapdash look. No Jack Welch, for example?

FNC did drop the production ball. Palin works best when she’s live and under pressure. This recorded format didn’t work well for her, but it was enough that she destroyed the competition.

victor82 on April 2, 2010 at 10:51 PM

Huh? Jack Welch was on. Or at least an interview with him was.

The thing is, Sarah’s special drew 28 percent more viewers than the last Fox special. That’s a friggin’ home run in ANYONE’S book!

http://www.conservatives4palin.com/2010/04/open-thread.html

That’s the real bottom line.

The rest is bull poo-poo!
Knowing this, her show was a rousing success. Too bad Allahpundit and some others can’t handle reality.

gary4205 on April 2, 2010 at 11:34 PM

It’s the Greta comparisons that shocked me: The lure of Sarahcuda’s debut, crowned with the LL Cool J controversy, wasn’t enough to beat an average hour of “On the Record”? No matter how lame the format of the show was, I figured her star power would send it stratospheric.

Where FNC made its mistake was in attempting to showcase a politically savvy woman in a fluff piece setting. Although Huckabee’s own fluffy show is popular, that’s about the max exposure fluff programming could survive on FNC. For myself and most of those who I know in family and friends who watch FNC, we go there for the hard-hitting news programs and hard hitting punditry.

Fluff is stuff that can be gotten too many other places, and wasting good talent like Sarah Palin and Michelle Malkin in venues not suitable to their backgrounds and talents and potentialities is just plain foolish. And even worse, yes, it did have the feel of being “cobbled together”, as if the producers had all of this wonderful material they desperately wanted to showcase, but were given the mandate of finding something, anything, for a “special” showcasing Palin to justify her contract and allay criticisms regarding her almost non-existent appearances as a special consultant…..so they threw the two together figuring the concept just couldn’t fail given Palin’s appeal to grassroots Americans.

Still, I have to agree with some here that Sarah Palin’s “draw” or “star” power has been diminishing very gradually, partly due to her obvious withdrawal away from center stage of the political arena, and more into the cable TV entertainment scene. After all, if she has any inclination at all towards running for a political office in the future, doing so before 2012 would be a disaster given the still near-obsessive hatred on display in the liberal MSM and among Democrats and Liberals/Progressives in general.

Yet it’s also true that there is a repulsion being exhibited among Conservatives, and Independents especially. Her overall approval rating is way too low to give her any kind of hope that she could pull off a run for any level of government office in the near future. And although her fan base among the grassroots crowd is huge, overall the approval rating negates that “star” power other than in localized demographic-related ways. She did pull off an impressive rating number for the FNC special, but as AP and others pointed out that number would have been high anyway due to Fox’s overall impressive ratings numbers.

KendraWilder on April 2, 2010 at 11:37 PM

Oh, and no one even knew about the damned show until a couple of days before it was to air! Not even us who know pretty much all things Palin.

Think about that. With only a couple of days notice, on a week where a lot of folks are gone, Palin pulls in 28 percent more viewers than the last Fox News special.

Can someone please explain to me how that is anything but a home run?

gary4205 on April 2, 2010 at 11:42 PM

I thought the show went well, especially considering it was the first one. Bound to be some refinements made, both to the form and substance of the show – not to mention improvements in presentation after whatever learning curve is involved. You can’t teach gorgeous or charisma and Palin has all of those one person would ever need. I can appreciate that some people would prefer to see her throwing verbal barbs at the president. However, if for no other purpose than refuting the common ‘meme’ about her, I think there is something to be said for Palin appearing simply as what she is, a fairly average, middle class wife/(grand)mother/career woman. Loved the boy and his dog segment, too.

Knott Buyinit on April 2, 2010 at 11:53 PM

Where FNC made its mistake was in attempting to showcase a politically savvy woman in a fluff piece setting. Although Huckabee’s own fluffy show is popular, that’s about the max exposure fluff programming could survive on FNC. For myself and most of those who I know in family and friends who watch FNC, we go there for the hard-hitting news programs and hard hitting punditry.

Fluff is stuff that can be gotten too many other places, and wasting good talent like Sarah Palin and Michelle Malkin in venues not suitable to their backgrounds and talents and potentialities is just plain foolish. And even worse, yes, it did have the feel of being “cobbled together”, as if the producers had all of this wonderful material they desperately wanted to showcase, but were given the mandate of finding something, anything, for a “special” showcasing Palin to justify her contract and allay criticisms regarding her almost non-existent appearances as a special consultant…..so they threw the two together figuring the concept just couldn’t fail given Palin’s appeal to grassroots Americans.

Still, I have to agree with some here that Sarah Palin’s “draw” or “star” power has been diminishing very gradually, partly due to her obvious withdrawal away from center stage of the political arena, and more into the cable TV entertainment scene. After all, if she has any inclination at all towards running for a political office in the future, doing so before 2012 would be a disaster given the still near-obsessive hatred on display in the liberal MSM and among Democrats and Liberals/Progressives in general.

Yet it’s also true that there is a repulsion being exhibited among Conservatives, and Independents especially. Her overall approval rating is way too low to give her any kind of hope that she could pull off a run for any level of government office in the near future. And although her fan base among the grassroots crowd is huge, overall the approval rating negates that “star” power other than in localized demographic-related ways. She did pull off an impressive rating number for the FNC special, but as AP and others pointed out that number would have been high anyway due to Fox’s overall impressive ratings numbers.

KendraWilder on April 2, 2010 at 11:37 PM

Oh my….I just thought the other deal I read was insanely stupid, but this is breath takingly stupid.

Palin just drew somewhere between 10,000 and 30,000 people (depending on whose numbers you believe) out in the middle of nowhere. She can do this any time, any place, any where.

She’s sells out every single paid appearance.

As for the left wing vitriol, you obviously weren’t alive when Reagan was running for POTUS. O-M-G it was every bit as nasty and every bit as insane. The left hasn’t changed their playbook, or had an original thought in 100 years.

Funny thing, there was just a Harris poll out there that has Palin beating both Obama and Mitt Romney in the Western and Southern states as a third party candidate!

It’s early as hell for polls, but that’s telling.

Don’t fret over Sarah. If she runs, and there is no reason to think she won’t, she’ll win in a landslide.

Hide and watch.

gary4205 on April 2, 2010 at 11:55 PM

For much of the country it’s Spring Break which probably explains the lower overall viewership, but I noticed that the program never showed up in our TiVo listings. That is to say, the Guide that night still showed the time slots as Greta’s program. Which means anyone who tried to find it using the programming guide would have failed to find it, and unless they knew the time and channel, they’d be out of luck.

Hopefully FNC will sort it out early enough next time to get the proper data to the programming guide people as that’s certainly the only way I’d normally look up a program.

SoRight on April 2, 2010 at 11:56 PM

Also, AP said this:

Update: Conservatives 4 Palin points to this comment at TV Newser noting that ratings are down dramatically this week throughout cable news. I don’t know what the source is for those numbers, but can confirm that traffic has also been slow this week (today especially). Could be related to Holy Week.

Could well be related to Holy Week coming up, and Passover this week as well. Holy Week is typically the week when most schools and universities shut down for a “spring break”, so younger people may have been involved in wrapping up things at school and uni relating to finals and final term papers and such. And families in general would be preparing for spring vacations or other events with a whole week coming up with kids available to do such things.

But, and this ‘but’ is related more to voting age adults, the drop in readers here at Hot Air, and the drop in viewers for Network TV and Cable TV as well as radio talk shows, in general, is more likely due to political burnout.

That burnout would be directly related, I’m reasonably sure, to the passage of the health care reform bill and the ultimate letdown after such a concerted effort was made on all levels to defeat it. People turned out physically by the tens of thousands in DC and in symbolic support protests in other states, on that Saturday the day before the vote on the Senate version of the bill. Plus a stepped up e-mail, snail mail, and telephone campaign was being waged intensively the week leading up to the vote. And people were hugely active online as well in political forums and in comments sections in the Blogosphere.

The effort to defeat the bill was the most enormous feat of political activism I’ve ever seen in my 60 years on this planet, and to have the Democrats completely flip the bird to the majority of Americans who opposed the bill, and pass it anyway in an act of sheer hubris and arrogance, was a blow to the gut of the millions of those of us who expected our elected politicians to honor and respect the majority stance on an issue of potentially disastrous impact on our government and economy and private lives.

The resulting letdown and burnout this past week has been overwhelmingly felt by everyone, and could even be heard in the voices of favorite radio talk show hosts like Limbaugh, Levin, Hannity, Ingraham, et al. Cripes, it was even in the voices of my fave guys on the Midnight Truckers radio network!

Last week was filled with numbed-shock, so for most of this week I, personally, (and most people I know who are seriously interested in political stuff) wasn’t able to watch FNC, and only glanced in at Hot Air and read just a few articles, and hardly listened to talk radio at all. It was too depressing, and the burnout was too great. It wasn’t until today that I finally felt recovered enough to begin to get seriously re-involved in political and governmental things again.

KendraWilder on April 3, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Sarah’s fans (of whom I count myself one) want to see her talking politics and/or social issues, or being interviewed because she has an interesting life. This just doesn’t seem like a good match for her. I also wondered what this was doing on a cable news channel. Finally, it made me wonder she was veering into a TV career, but not one involving hard news. It was just a confusing concept.

nkviking75 on April 3, 2010 at 12:16 AM

I didn’t watch. It just looked like a quick cash in by Fox. I’ll tune in to watch a speech by her anyday but this looked…meh.

Nothing against stories about real Americans either but we get tons of that on the lifetime network.

Daemonocracy on April 3, 2010 at 12:23 AM

KendraWilder on April 3, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Your concern is noted.

OmahaConservative on April 3, 2010 at 12:23 AM

Gary’s post [gary4205 on April 2, 2010 at 11:55 PM] is where all of these quotes to which I’m responding came from:

KendraWilder on April 2, 2010 at 11:37 PM

Oh my….I just thought the other deal I read was insanely stupid, but this is breath takingly stupid.

That alone was sufficient to warn me that you, Gary, must be a die hard Palinista, and as such I’ll attempt to reign in any urges I might have to flame you back on some level. I do try to respect that each person is entitled to their own opinion, and however “insanely stupid” I might view their responses, I try not to express such things in my own postings as it tends to stifle true debate and mature, rational discourse. :)

Palin just drew somewhere between 10,000 and 30,000 people (depending on whose numbers you believe) out in the middle of nowhere. She can do this any time, any place, any where.

She’s sells out every single paid appearance.

I did address just that when I said: “And although her fan base among the grassroots crowd is huge, overall the approval rating negates that “star” power other than in localized demographic-related ways.”

Sarah Palin’s demographic draw is huge in each area where her values largely are reflected among that localized grassroots crowd. There’s no doubt about that. Yet it still is confined geographically and demographically, which is why you won’t see her in venues such as might be available in Manhattan or Los Angeles or Washington DC. After all, she didn’t turn out for the massive protest against the health care reform legislation that Saturday in DC before the final Sunday vote, did she?

As for the left wing vitriol, you obviously weren’t alive when Reagan was running for POTUS. O-M-G it was every bit as nasty and every bit as insane. The left hasn’t changed their playbook, or had an original thought in 100 years.

Yes, I was alive for that and politically active at last. And no, you’re very wrong about Reagan being the recipient of as intense nastiness and insane vitriol as Sarah Palin has been getting. The hatred aimed at Sarah Palin pales only to that waged against George W. Bush for 8 years, which continues on to this day albeit diminished since it largely has been transferred to Sarah Palin.

Funny thing, there was just a Harris poll out there that has Palin beating both Obama and Mitt Romney in the Western and Southern states as a third party candidate!

It’s early as hell for polls, but that’s telling.

Don’t fret over Sarah. If she runs, and there is no reason to think she won’t, she’ll win in a landslide.

Western and Southern states, for the most part, don’t carry an election, although they do help. The high demos along the East and West coasts are where the electoral votes are, and Sarah Palin does terribly poorly in those regions. I’m sure that she has access to polls for those areas and has been discouraged in regards to political office runs for awhile yet due to the numbers. Since here overall approval rating is in the mid-thirties, that alone would be enough to discourage a run, which is why she’s out there dabbling in alternative potential careers in the entertainment industry, would be my guess.

Hide and watch.

If you know anything at all about me and my activities here in Hot Air comments sections, as well as elsewhere in the Blogosphere, I simply do NOT hide. But I do watch, and read an awful lot, to get all aspects and perspectives and sides of the issues impacting us as citizens and voters in the United States of America.

And I’m a pragmatist and realist. The numbers simply are not there, at least not yet, to support any kind of political run for office by Sarah Palin, other than perhaps a run at a Senate or House seat which would originate locally/demographically. The votes simply are not there, by a long shot, right now for anything on a national level, especially with that all important group involving Independents and Moderates.

KendraWilder on April 3, 2010 at 12:33 AM

Play ‘em like a fiddle, AP!

Grow Fins on April 2, 2010 at 9:38 PM

You know what’s gotten disturbing about this place? The trolls compliment and cheer on the moderators!

Just what did Hot Air and Townhall agree to, anyway?

SagebrushPuppet on April 3, 2010 at 12:41 AM

Holy What? I thought it was Spring Holiday.

WaltzingMtilda on April 3, 2010 at 12:48 AM

OT: Did you catch Geraghty’s list of OBAMA’S 33 BROKEN PROMISES?

John the Libertarian on April 2, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Only 33? Or should be “33, and counting”?

SagebrushPuppet on April 3, 2010 at 12:49 AM

Yeah, “Meet the Press” and “Face the Nation” are too easy for her. But Hannity, he’s ruthless! And Beck was downright brutal!

What a fantasy world you people live in!

chumpThreads on April 2, 2010 at 11:15 PM

Is this the best you can do, chump?

Whatever Axelrod’s paying you, he’s definitely not getting his money’s worth.

SagebrushPuppet on April 3, 2010 at 12:52 AM

guess America is still clinging to their religion

unseen on April 3, 2010 at 12:53 AM

spring break, crappy weather in the Northeast.

Bad weather is an excuse used when people don’t leave their homes to go to a multiplex. Unless people are busy sandbagging their homes, it doesn’t really apply to television viewership. In fact, bad weather should increase audiences.

YYZ on April 3, 2010 at 1:02 AM

FNC’s “Real American Stories with Sarah Palin” was down substantially versus the performance of “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren”

See, that’s what Palin’s show was missing. Interviews with Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Steve Moore and Chuck Grasley. All these gentlemen say the exact same things on each appearance, and the questions are always extremely gentle, but the audience likes familiarity. And so, they watch night after night.

I suppose Palin was just too jarring for Greta’s audience.

YYZ on April 3, 2010 at 1:10 AM

PDS is in full swing here. People are bitching about a woman hosting a show about inspirational American stories that actually got pretty good ratings during the holiday.

Again, bitching about a woman hosting a show about inspirational American stories. Think about how pathetic that is. This is how disappointed some people are with their own lives.

Dongemaharu on April 3, 2010 at 1:11 AM

AP used the word “holy.” Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

True_King on April 3, 2010 at 1:18 AM

For you anti-Palin proponents what if both Huck and Mitt didn’t run? Do you think that Palin might have a decent chance to gain the GOP nomination in 2012? Now how could that occur?

For Huck it’s simple-he knows he can’t win because he knows that he cannot break out of the South + he won’t be able to compete financially + Maurice Clemmons + giving up his Fox gig.

For Mitt it’s all about Romneycare. He becomes too damaged and he starts to lose mega-support across the board, with Palin picking up a lot of it.

technopeasant on April 3, 2010 at 1:36 AM

Play ‘em like a fiddle, AP!

Grow Fins on April 2, 2010 at 9:38 PM

You know what’s gotten disturbing about this place? The trolls compliment and cheer on the moderators!

Just what did Hot Air and Townhall agree to, anyway?

SagebrushPuppet on April 3, 2010 at 12:41 AM

Post of the day winner!

OmahaConservative on April 3, 2010 at 1:43 AM

I dvr’d it. Does that count?

long_cat on April 3, 2010 at 1:52 AM

there’s also the factor that if you’ve seen Sarah Palin babble vapidly once already there’s not a lot of reason to go back for more…

that’s probably key, really

happyfeet on April 3, 2010 at 2:02 AM

happyfeet on April 3, 2010 at 2:02 AM

Hey toejam

OmahaConservative on April 3, 2010 at 2:03 AM

Governor Sarah Heath Palin can do no wrong. In fact, she can say no wrong. I hereby challenge anyone here to a bonifide fistfight that enumerates on lie told by Gov. Palin.

daesleeper on April 3, 2010 at 2:06 AM

happyfeet on April 3, 2010 at 2:02 AM

Good luck beyotch, you entered a dead thread.

OmahaConservative on April 3, 2010 at 2:07 AM

Is this the best you can do, chump?

Whatever Axelrod’s paying you, he’s definitely not getting his money’s worth.

SagebrushPuppet on April 3, 2010 at 12:52 AM

Chump is a satan worshiping Bush supporter.

daesleeper on April 3, 2010 at 2:08 AM

Here’s a post idea for Allah:

Are Mitten’s book sales a disappointment given that the NY Times has posted double bulk sales symbols every week Mitt’s book has been listed? Also, Mitt lasted 1 week at #1 on NY Times and his book tour has been virtually ignored by the Media.

Exit Question: Second look at Palin, Huckabee, Pawlenty, Beuler, anyone……. :P

Just trying to help you stay fair and balanced so you don’t keep coming off as a Palin basher.

sarahpalinfan99 on April 3, 2010 at 2:19 AM

When the dog was hesistant to pick up the pen, I was wondering if canines had other senses as well such as common

EricPWJohnson on April 3, 2010 at 2:22 AM

RATINGS FOR ALL THE CABLE NEWS CHANNELS ON THURSDAY NIGHT, except for CNN, WERE DOWN. In fact, RATINGS WERE DOWN ALL THIS WEEK. I’m not sure why though. IT COULD BE BECAUSE OF THE HOLY WEEK, that would be may guess. I look at the ratings for cable news every single day. O’Reilly normally has 3.6M total viewers a night at 8PM, so him just having 2.9M is highly unusual. Beck normally has 2.7M, but only got 2M. Olbermann has recently been averaging 1.4M, but only got 0.9M. So SARAH PALIN’S NUMBERS WERE DOWN BUT SO WERE EVERYBODY ELSE’S. So unfortunately her numbers for Thursday night cannot be relied on as a true representation of her show’s viewership.

StewartIII on April 3, 2010 at 2:47 AM

Guys, it was boring. People want to see an hour of her calling Levi white trash and Letterman a pervert,

Speedwagon82 on April 3, 2010 at 2:49 AM

Drudge has the real numbers posted:
“FOXNEWS O’REILLY 2,981,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 2,256,000
FOXNEWS PALIN 2,073,000
FOXNEWS BECK 2,014,000″

Sorry HotAir Epic Fail! To call this a ratings disappointment is ludicrous! No wonder many people say this is an anti-Palin blog. Ratings seem darned good for a show that was only announced like 2 days before it aired.

I got news for ya….Sarah won’t always be #1 in every endeavor she tries. That’s called life. Deal with it and stop all this bogus hysteria! It’s annoying, sheeesh.

sarahpalinfan99 on April 2, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Beating beck ain’t bad.

the_nile on April 3, 2010 at 2:57 AM

Everything about Sarah is the narrative. I just wish once the MSM would disappoint me and prove it still has some objectivity.

technopeasant on April 3, 2010 at 3:01 AM

Interesting….HotAir is the only “Conservative” blog putting a surreal negative spin on Sarah’s ratings. All the other ones I read are praising Sarah for being 3rd among all Cable News shows that night (she even beat Beck and Baier) and for crushing her competition in the all important 25 – 54 advertisers age demos.

Alright Allah, spill the beans! Which candidate are you working for? /sarc Just kidding but this does look suspicious.

sarahpalinfan99 on April 3, 2010 at 3:33 AM

Btw, C4P did the research and found out that Palin scored 28% higher ratings than the last Fox News cable tv special. Between that and Palin’s pulling in loads of 25- 54 viewers that night (that is what any TV or Cable Network banks on), Palin proved to be a winner for Ailes and Fox.

If her family oriented show had an earlier time slot than 10pm, her ratings would have been higher. Can’t blame Beck, BOR or O’Reilly for not wanting to give up their prime slots.

sarahpalinfan99 on April 3, 2010 at 4:24 AM

Ooops – meant to say “Can’t blame Beck, BOR or O’Reilly Hannity for not wanting to give up their prime slots.” in my comments above.

That’s it. I’m done. Good night to all!

sarahpalinfan99 on April 3, 2010 at 4:27 AM

The only complaint I have is that it is too long. Perhaps a half-hour show would suffice.

Crux Australis on April 3, 2010 at 4:58 AM

Maybe Holy Week.

Or, more likely, the week following the culmination of an entire year of intense debate about health care. As the media went into its “afterglow” stage, even I (a hard core newsaholic) went searching for non-news programs.

That said, I wasn’t tempted back by the Palin format. It just didn’t interest me. They should have her doing “Stupid Government Tricks” or something.

jeanneb on April 3, 2010 at 5:37 AM

I agree with this analysis completely. I tuned in to the show and within 5 minutes had tuned out. Nothing against Palin per se, but as was stated, it was formulaic and lame etc.

As for the other conservative woman who’s talent FNC wasted/still wastes, aka: ‘The Boss’. Amen. FNC needs more MM, much more. They should replace O’Reilly with a Malkin-Ingraham show or alternating weeks or individual programs. Or maybe give MM her own weekend evening slot to replace Huck or better yet Geraldo (wouldn’t that be poetic justice). MM and LI could take turns grilling the leftist balance props/hacks FNC parades on screen in order to be ‘fair’. That would be lively, interesting, informative AND entertaining. Alas, FNC seems to be set on following a formula now instead of innovation and “progress” toward a genuinely informed public.

JimP on April 3, 2010 at 6:38 AM

This program was not entertaining. And SP does not sound genuine when reading a script.

So flipped passed it.

exdeadhead on April 3, 2010 at 7:40 AM

Drudge has the real numbers posted:
“FOXNEWS O’REILLY 2,981,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 2,256,000
FOXNEWS PALIN 2,073,000
FOXNEWS BECK 2,014,000″

Sorry HotAir Epic Fail! To call this a ratings disappointment is ludicrous! No wonder many people say this is an anti-Palin blog. Ratings seem darned good for a show that was only announced like 2 days before it aired.

sarahpalinfan99 on April 2, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Apparently it is not enough for some that Palin did ok – and beat her time slot. She has to take responsibility for the entire network?

Some seem to expect her to ALWAYS be battling the LEFT – perhaps others on the Right should be speaking out and stop expecting Palin to always be in attack mode? The program clearly was not intended to be an adversarial type of show and if that doesn’t interest you – fine.

katiejane on April 3, 2010 at 8:15 AM

He missed out on 2,073,000 future fans. Yeah, real smart move.

Amadeus on April 2, 2010 at 10:40 PM

O expressed as 1/10 the people who watch on his show every week, for context.

The move looks smart by him.

NextGen on April 3, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Update: Conservatives 4 Palin points to this comment at TV Newser noting that ratings are down dramatically this week throughout cable news. I don’t know what the source is for those numbers, but can confirm that traffic has also been slow this week (today especially). Could be related to Holy Week.

Spring Break? The first week of nice temperatures after a brutal winter? It was in the 80s here and I don’t think anyone was inside watching CNN or Fox.

angryed on April 3, 2010 at 8:27 AM

I forgot all about it. I have to get up at 5 am, I don’t watch TV that late usually. And as far as that is concerned, I think a lot of people were confused as to where the show even was. I had 2 choices: Greta, the news on local fox or network. I really did not even know it had debuted.

Terrye on April 3, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Alright Allah, spill the beans! Which candidate are you working for? /sarc Just kidding but this does look suspicious.

sarahpalinfan99 on April 3, 2010 at 3:33 AM

Like I said, I did not even realize it was on and I still do not know what channel it would have been on. I am not sure that many people could even see it. Greta is on Fox and so is Sarah Palin and so is local Fox? I mean really, there are probably a lot of people who could not have watched that if they wanted to.

Terrye on April 3, 2010 at 8:38 AM

People who tuned out after 5 minutes missed out, IMHO. She got better after the first bit. Sure, there wasn’t any personal dirt or political analysis, because this wasn’t that kind of show. But as far as the concept of profiling americans’ personal stories, a schmaltzy idea to begin with, it really wasn’t bad. It made me tear up several times. It kind of reminded me of 20/20 or other weeknight tv newsmags. Do I want Palin to be equated with Barbara Walters? Perhaps not. And perhaps I would prefer Palin take creative control of any project with which she is affiliated. But again, she is drawing from Reagan’s playbook. It might work. Palin’s political track record certainly beats mine.

Her overall approval rating is way too low to give her any kind of hope that she could pull off a run for any level of government office in the near future…

Kendra, stop writing drivel. She could certainly run for and attain a variety of offices. The presidency may not be one of those, but you are kidding yourself if you think she could not win an Alaskan election again.

alwaysfiredup on April 3, 2010 at 9:19 AM

How about a show called ‘Real Women of the Republican Party’. Sarah could host with MM, MB, Liz,and any other big name R woman they can find. They could sit on a couch and really dish on Zero, Nanzi and Dingy. Through the roof!

Kissmygrits on April 3, 2010 at 10:09 AM

there’s also the factor that if you’ve seen Sarah Palin babble vapidly once already there’s not a lot of reason to go back for more…

that’s probably key, really

happyfeet on April 3, 2010 at 2:02 AM

That’s the key right there to not reading any comments from someone identified as “happyfeet.” Congratulations on hitting the nail on the head.

theotherone on April 3, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Doesn’t matter if all viewing was down this week or that she beat all the others combined, the show was still boring and frankly, not up to Fox standards. Shame on them for sticking her on something(format)this bad. I also believe doing all the TV shows will diminish her political power.

silvernana on April 3, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Serious question:

Does Palin risk being overexposed?

Forget this show in particular or any show, just consider the totality. If she does too many of these things does it add or detract from her influence as a serious political player?

I don’t know the answer but I do wonder what is too much and how will they know?

The larger point is if they want to protect her image they need to only do superior projects, half measures diminish.

NextGen on April 3, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Serious question:

Does Palin risk being overexposed?

NextGen on April 3, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Serious answer: Yes.

ddrintn on April 3, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Serious question:

Does Palin risk being overexposed?

NextGen on April 3, 2010 at 12:19 PM
Serious answer: Yes.

ddrintn on April 3, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Agreed.

alwaysfiredup on April 3, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Greta Van Susteren posted this at her Greta Wire blog:
“Have you seen the TV critics’ reviews of Governor Sarah Palin’s special? Nasty is a description I would assign to them. What is so bizarre is that not one single person who took a swipe at her is remotely as successful she is. You don’t have to agree with everything Palin says (I do not) but how can you deny her success? If you look at the ratings for her special, she easily beat the competition in the time slot! What is with the critics? Even with no TV experience, she crushed the competition. The critics are saying, among other things, she was boring. If she were boring with her ratings for her special — what are the other networks who were crushed in that time slot saying today about their programming with their experienced anchors? It tells you a lot about the critics when they whack the winner and give a pass to those who are failing. It is rewarding the loser. Why can’t they enjoy the woman’s success?”

Allah are you listening? Continue these types of dishonest posts and you will become as myopic and maybe as irrelevant as the LSM.

sarahpalinfan99 on April 3, 2010 at 3:46 PM

I watched it. I enjoyed the show. Was she someowhat “contained” by the format? Sure.

So what…?

I’d watch another episode.

TheCulturalist on April 3, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I don’t know what the source is for those numbers, but can confirm that traffic has also been slow this week (today especially).

Could be that with such beautiful weather, folks are spending less time sitting around watching TV.

What a concept.

As for her show, though I have the greatest respect for Gov. Palin, it sounds really boring. I’ve been inundated with MSM shows that sound just like this most of my life. I’ll try to give it a watch.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 3, 2010 at 5:06 PM

We were on vacation this past week. I didn’t watch any news starting Wednesday. I just got home this evening and turned on Fox and am watching Red Eye right now.

We are so sick of Obama that we want to turn it all off.

roux on April 4, 2010 at 12:18 AM

If you ask me people are sick and tired of the corporate media run by the very few, financed through foreign banker oligarchs and policed under the CIA under Operation Mockingbird…something you neocons were not taught in school because the teachers were hippies who HATE American Sovereignty and want the North American Union and the Amero currency instead of A TRUE CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC AND THE END OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE!

And this video will somewhat prove my point.

BobAnthony on April 4, 2010 at 8:24 AM

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