Surprise: Olbermann's ratings hit new low

Keith Olbermann’s Countdown on Current hit an all-time low last week in the 25-54 demographic. The show pulled in 85,000 viewers in the demo, that was down 2 percent compared to the previous week when the debt ceiling debate was still roiling Washington. Countdown averaged 208,000 total viewers, up 5 percent week-to-week.

The show has experienced a predictable ratings plateau after a big first week last June when Countdown averaged 354,000 total viewers with 131,000 in the demo.

Olbermann has nevertheless improved Current’s viewership over previously flat lining levels. And Current co-founder and CEO Joel Hyatt pronounced the network “ecstatic.”