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Al Jazeera Off to a Slow Start -- and That's Putting It Gently TVNewser

Ratings for the new cable news network Al Jazeera America during its first week on television were minuscule, reports TVNewser.

"Not surprisingly given the low-rated channel it replaced (Current TV), and the fact that it lost a few million homes from AT&T before launch (it is currently in just over 40 million homes), AJAM’s launch ratings were pretty low by traditional cable news standards," the story reports.

The top-rated show on the new network was Thursday evening's "Real Money with Al Velshi," which attracted 54,000 total viewers.

The 2 p.m. Saturday airing of "News Live" drew 48,000 viewers, and "Inside Story," which aired Thursday at 12:30 p.m., averaged 41,000 viewers, the story says. Meanwhile, the debut episode of "The Stream" on Tuesday averaged 38,000 viewers, which the story notes is below Nielsen's threshold for providing accurate ratings.