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.