Olbermann Tweaks His New ‘Countdown’ Show After Fans Complain

Jun 24, 2011  •  Post A Comment

After fans spoke out about an unusual quirk in Keith Olbermann’s new Current TV “Countdown’ show, the controversial host has announced that he is making a small but important change to the show, reports The Huffington Post.

The show, which has been running about 63 minutes since it debuted early this week, will be scaled back to 60 minutes. That means it will no longer cut into the start of “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Olbermann’s former channel, MSNBC.

Olbermann originally said that Maddow was his competition and he didn’t mind impinging on the start of her show with the end of his. However, he tweeted that he has reconsidered the tactic.

Olbermann tweeted: "At @current we’ll soon have a 9 PM companion commentary show to mine. But in the interim there is no reason for me to be overlapping with my friend Rachel, nor to ignore the wishes of those who’ve been so loyal to both of us for so long. We’ve heard you: as of tomorrow night Countdown finishes at 9. Bonus stuff will instead go to Countdown Online. Thanks for upsiding my head on this :)"


  1. One of the reasons we love Keith- he’s a smart man!

  2. Yeah, he’s a genius. Which is why he’s now worked his way ‘up’ the ladder to a network nobody watches.

  3. Great move, JD. attack a guy who draws over a million and a quarter viewers, and that number just keep on climbin’…
    Your problem with Olbermann is simply one of occupancy.
    Keith’s mind is open. Yours is shut.
    He employs critical thinking. You digest, without nourishment, whatever garbage Fox News burps at you.
    He is involved. You are not.

  4. Over a million and a quarter viewers? Where did you hear that, from Olbermann himself?
    Most figures (sadly, they don’t come from Nielsen since CTV doesn’t have enough saturation to participate) have his show at under 200,000.
    JD’s right.

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