Olbermann finally tops O’Reilly

tjndc5-5djfjv8q3rt1csw07aov_layout.jpgWait, what’s that I hear? Oh yes, angels singing. (Or, if you’re Robert Cox of Olbermann Watch, angels weeping.)

As TV Newsr reports, “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” finally became the top rated cable news show in the 25-54 demo for the first time in its history. More important, the Hastings-bred MSNBC ancor beat out Fox News’s “O’Reilly Factor” for the first time ever.

I suppose this has been a long time coming, and what with his recent exposure after Sunday night football, Olbermann has never been hotter. As Phil Griffin, the NBC News exec responsible for MSNBC put it, “For years MSNBC struggled to find someone to be the tent pole and lead the way. … In 11 years, I dont think there has been a better moment.”

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Olbermann is smarter (and more popular) than a 5th grader

tjndc5-5b4dl4iamz9sxta7nb6_layout.jpgEven if the ratings for Keith Olbermann’s debut on NBC this weekend — his first “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” in the pre-game Sunday Night Football slot — might not be high enough to justify transitioning the show from MSNBC permanently, let’s look on the bright side. The former Hastings resident got over 4 million viewers, beating out FOX’s “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?” Alas, according to TVNewser, that wasn’t high enough for “Countdown” to top “60 Minutes” or “America’s Funniest Videos.”

Still, given that Olbermann averaged 721,000 viewers most nights for his cable show this July, that amounts to an exponentially larger audience. And, of course, all the more reason for our disgruntled New Rochelle blogger friends at Olbermann Watch to keep on keepin on.

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