Lawrence O’Donnell’s ratings up 50% over Olbermann’s on first night

posted at 6:25 pm on January 25, 2011 by Allahpundit

Yeah, yeah, he got a bump because it was his debut at 8 p.m. and people were curious. And yet, this isn’t the first time that O’D has outperformed Kayo in that slot. Remember what happened when he guest-hosted for Olby last April?

Two words, in honor of a guy who used to read the teleprompter on SportsCenter before discovering that he was the modern-day answer to Edward R. Murrow: Wally Pipp.

Of course, the news surrounding Mr. Olbermann’s abrupt departure from the network last week may have fueled some curiosity about what the channel’s hosts might say about him or the circumstances of his break with MSNBC.

Lawrence O’Donnell clearly benefited, as he averaged 1.5 million total viewers for his first night as Mr. Olbermann’s replacement. That was up a little under 50 percent from Mr. Olbermann’s average number in that hour, just over 1 million viewers. And yes, Mr. O’Donnell did pay tribute to Mr. Olbermann, saying he owed his introduction to the network to him.

So did the 9 p.m. host Rachel Maddow, and her show was up by about the same amount to 1.4 million viewers for the hour. Both shows dwarfed the numbers for one competitor, CNN, though as usual, they trailed the leading news channel, Fox News.

Here’s Colbert bidding a fond adieu to MSNBC’s hour of bombast. If you missed it in Headlines earlier, Bret Stephens has a compelling backhanded homage to Olbermann on today’s WSJ op-ed page. Yes, Olby’s insufferable, he concedes, but he was honest at least in his bias. After all, which is ultimately more damaging — an in-your-face liberal screeching about tea partiers or, say, Newsweek cooking up an “impartial” look at right-wing extremism in the wake of the Arizona shootings and almost forgetting to mention that Loughner wasn’t driven by politics? The nice thing about caricatures is that you can’t miss the distortions.


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“Oh, a car accident!” Turns neck………. Same thing ( I guess ).

ThePrez on January 25, 2011 at 6:28 PM

14 original viewers + 5 new viewers….someone needs to work on their math over MSNBC.

Bishop on January 25, 2011 at 6:28 PM

though as usual, they trailed the leading news channel, Fox News.

i bet it hurts the NYT to write that….

cmsinaz on January 25, 2011 at 6:32 PM

I just wonder where he’ll turn up next.

odat on January 25, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Up 50% now huh? Guess that means Obie’s Mumsy finally tuned in.

Chewy the Lab on January 25, 2011 at 6:35 PM

odat on January 25, 2011 at 6:34 PM

*shudder*

cmsinaz on January 25, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Two words, in honor of a guy who used to read the teleprompter on SportsCenter before discovering that he was the modern-day answer to Edward R. Murrow: Wally Pipp.

Once again, Olbermann started out as a weather bunny. No, I’m not kidding. When I lived in the bay area, that’s what he did. I believe before that, he was a weather bunny for a Chicago station. Believe me, he was ridiculous back then, too. Checking the internet, I’ve noticed this part of his bio has been almost wiped clean. I wish one of you intrepid bloggers would check it out. Obviously, he’s trying to hide it.

Blake on January 25, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Mr. O’Donnell is a frustrated liberal and folds like a cheap lawnchair when confronted with facts. He will pararde in the same old tired “yes folks” to add “credibility” to his memes, and this bounce will fade.

Rovin on January 25, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Some one has to fill the void….

hawkman on January 25, 2011 at 6:39 PM

losers…. garbage.

moonbatkiller on January 25, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Lawrence O’Donnell for Senate!

JammieWearingFool on January 25, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Exit question: Is Colbert supposed to be funny?

GarandFan on January 25, 2011 at 6:42 PM

If Larry really wants ratings, he needs to get John O’Neill on and go another round with him. Remember John? The Swiftie.

For those who missed it the first time around, here’s Larry showing true civility, circa 2004:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8zbv7I6cTs

Del Dolemonte on January 25, 2011 at 6:42 PM

So 15 more people watched MSNBC last night?

portlandon on January 25, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Rovin on January 25, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Nice Post..I agree it is a “Dead Cat Bounce” for sure..:)

Dire Straits on January 25, 2011 at 6:44 PM

This 50%,is Liberal math I bet!!

canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Ugly on January 25, 2011 at 6:39 PM

If he does it in the personae of “Bob Schwetty” I will be tuning in every night.

Bishop on January 25, 2011 at 6:47 PM

OT/ but according to Drudge Obama is going to say this is our sputnik moment. Say what? Some gobblegook about the Russians beating us to space and we have to spend more money on innovations or some stuff. I almost want to listen to the speech. Almost but Don’t think my blood pressure would be safe!

sandee on January 25, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Scary Larry won’t last a year.

BigWyo on January 25, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Lawrence O’Donnell’s ratings up 50% over Olbermann’s on first night
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Heres why……………………………..
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MSNBC Anchor O’Donnell: “I Am A Socialist. I Live To The Extreme Left Of You Mere Liberals!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxKd5lpZwLY

canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 6:49 PM

He quit halfway thru his contract, he used to be a sportscaster…He’s a Palin wannabe

Gohawgs on January 25, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 25, 2011 at 6:42 PM

LOL!..Plus he needs to get Marc Thiessen on..:)

Dire Straits on January 25, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Lawrence O’Donnell’s ratings are like erectile dysfunction. Anybody can get it up to start. But keeping it up is not so easy.

petefrt on January 25, 2011 at 6:51 PM

LOL!..Plus he needs to get Marc Thiessen on..:)

Dire Straits on January 25, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Dire Straits:Excellent,more Socialist evidence,haha!:)

canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 6:53 PM

canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 6:53 PM

..:)

Dire Straits on January 25, 2011 at 6:54 PM

He quit halfway thru his contract, he used to be a sportscaster…He’s a Palin wannabe

Gohawgs on January 25, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Gohawgs:Nicely done,and thats gonna be my theme,on Olby as
well,

a Quitter!!:)

canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 6:55 PM

I regard the passing of Keith Olberman from MSNBC with the same sense of regret I might feel at learning of the sudden demise of a large, rabid rodent.

SurferDoc on January 25, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Same guy, different hair.

Imagine watching the whole line up night after night.

Opposite Day on January 25, 2011 at 7:02 PM

I dislike O’Donnel just as much.

But it is just not fair that Shep is doing the SOTU on Fox.

I was hoping for one of those funny running commentaries by someone with brains.

Oh well… maybe Red Eye.

petunia on January 25, 2011 at 7:16 PM

He quit halfway thru his contract, he used to be a sportscaster…He’s a Palin wannabe

Gohawgs on January 25, 2011 at 6:49 PM

And now he wants to be in the Senate. I wonder if he will quit that too.

petunia on January 25, 2011 at 7:17 PM

So where did Olbermann ever find the Larry O’Donnell suit?

An obvious conspiracy.

dissent555 on January 25, 2011 at 7:20 PM

So what…… now 3 people are watch’n MSNBC

roflmao

donabernathy on January 25, 2011 at 7:24 PM

14 original viewers + 5 new viewers….someone needs to work on their math over MSNBC.

Bishop on January 25, 2011 at 6:28 PM

I thought it was close to 1 and a half people. Clearly I was wrong.

So what…… now 3 people are watch’n MSNBC

roflmao

donabernathy on January 25, 2011 at 7:24 PM

I think that may be more like it.

Badger40 on January 25, 2011 at 8:23 PM

petefrt on January 25, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Ha. way to funny!. That is priceless

hawkman on January 25, 2011 at 8:28 PM

I liked Larry O’Donnell better when he played across Kelsey Grammer on “Frasier.” :-)

cannonball on January 25, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Yeah, yeah, he got a bump because it was his debut at 8 p.m. and people were curious. And yet, this isn’t the first time that O’D has outperformed Kayo in that slot. Remember what happened when he guest-hosted for Olby last April?

Of course, they’ll watch first night . . . or conclude that they’ll even watch during the first week, on the outside chance something will be done or said that fires them up.

Just basic curiosity does that, including the outside chance that he will somehow introduce some brand new way of trashing Republicans and Tea Partiers.

If you were of that ilk, wouldn’t you tune in? You aren’t, and yet you tuned in.

Trochilus on January 25, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Was that supposed to be humorous?

csdeven on January 25, 2011 at 9:07 PM

No, just another way of stating the obvious. This guy O’Donnell is a fire-eater. My own sense is that he will undoubtedly melt down at some point, perhaps sooner rather than later in an effort to grasp for headlines.

In the meantime, I think the larboard-leaning losers will have their false hopes up that Larry will somehow find a whole “new” formula for setting the airwaves ablaze.

Therefore, for a short period of time I believe he’ll attract more than just the Keith Olbermann standard audience. But I also think this guy will quickly wear really thin.

Trochilus on January 25, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Yeah, Piers Morgan started out strong too.

slickwillie2001 on January 25, 2011 at 11:15 PM

I don`t think Olby believed the crap he was spewing. I know a damn fake when I see one. Like uh . . . that Huffington chick for example?

It`s comforting to know he was faking. But what will his fan(atics) think?

Run for the hills Olby non Kenobie and whats the frequency, Kenneth?

Sherman1864 on January 26, 2011 at 12:11 AM

O’Donnell v Olberdouche: One is a seething leftist, ready to snap at any moment and spew a violent, nonsensical tirade, and the other is a former sportscaster.

Jaibones on January 26, 2011 at 12:51 AM

Anyone know a great restaurant for salmon in Seattle. You ought to be able to walk into one by accident, right?

Jaibones on January 26, 2011 at 12:52 AM

Exit question: Is Colbert supposed to be funny?

GarandFan on January 25, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Most village idiots are…just not in the way you’re thinking.

Dark-Star on January 26, 2011 at 8:41 AM

KOlberman’s pack of core minions and slaveys will try to soothe him with rationalizations for a 50 percent jump but he will still lose a millimeter of enamel from teeth grinding.

curved space on January 26, 2011 at 8:52 AM