Rocky Start for New CNN Host TVNewser
Revised at 10:15 a.m., PT, on Dec. 11, 2013, to reference an article from TVNewser. We feel the TVNewser story is a more balanced evaluation of the numbers for this show than the story we previously referenced, which was from TheWrap.
One of the new faces of CNN, which is revamping its programming lineup in an effort to boost the cable network's sagging ratings, got off to a rocky start. The show is "Reliable Sources," now hosted by the former TV reporter for The New York Times, Brian Stelter.
"The debut numbers were down -13% in total viewers and -17% in the [A25-54] demo compared to the average of the three shows Stelter guest-hosted," according to TVNewser, which added, "The show was also down compared to its Q4 average, -10% in total viewers and -9% in the demo. Compared to the year-ago Sunday, 'Reliable Sources' was flat in total viewers and up +4% in the demo."
The story also says that "Stelter’s show was down -7% in total viewers but up +5% in the A25-54 demo" compared to the last four cablecasts of "Reliable Sources" that had been hosted by Howard Kurtz, who left and is now on the Fox News Channel.