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Piers Morgan: Boobs! Sex tapes! No viewers!

I've been fighting off the temptation to mention the nosediving ratings of Piers Morgan's new show on Kardashian CNN. But I surrendered this afternoon when the Nielsen folks revealed that Morgan dropped below half a million viewers Thursday night even with a bunch of crazed half-naked Kardashians sitting at the desk with him. Really. You can't break the half-million mark with Hollywood's most beloved trollops bragging about their boobs? (The scoop from Kim: "They're 100 percent real!" Kourtney, not so much.) And their sex tapes? (Poor Kim says she's embarrassed by hers, though not embarrassed enough to stop talking about it on national televison, though I guess you could argue that 498,000 viewers qualifies as a "national audience" only in someplace like the Togolese Republic, which may be where Piers Morgan is doing his next show.)

Talking about ratings in the first couple of weeks of a talk show is usually unfair; it takes a new one time to build an audience. But in Morgan's case, he's losing an audience. His show debuted on January 17 with 2.1 million viewers tuning in to see him chat up Oprah Winfrey. They were so impressed that almost half of them didn't return for day two.

Since then, Morgan's ratings fell every day except for a small upward blip last Tuesday when Rudy Giuliani was the guest. By the time the Kardashians had finished hyperventilating Thursday night, Morgan had lost more than three-quarters of the viewers he started with last week.

(Hey, you wanna know who's really enjoying reading this? Larry King. In its final six months, his show was averaging 613,000 viewers, was low enough to get him kicked off the air after 50 years in broadcasting. But it's about 20 percent bigger than Morgan's audience Thursday night.)

CNN, by the way, announced Friday that it has a new "managing editor," former Newsweek editor and NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker. His assignment, the network said, is "to create a more powerful and distinctive dialogue about the top news stories of the day." At the rate CNN is shedding viewers, though, the dialogue's going to have to be between cameramen and stagehands.

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Jim


Who cares, let 'em rot. Frivolity and excessive indulgence by the media. Trash, hit the delete button.

cruisemates

CNN needs a new approach to news. Listen...

REPORTING ON WHAT PEOPLE HAVE JUST TWEETED EVERY 15 MINUTES IS NOT NEWS.

Most thinking people HATE TWITTER, they don't care to hear what Shirly Podunk just said about Bristol Palin in 154 characters.

REB

To those who think, that just because a woman has CURVES are COWS, you are ignorant. Back in the day Marilyn Monroe wasnt a size 1, she was a size 12 and Was BEAUTIFUL!

Checkmoot

The funny thing is that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert actually interview real people. Authors, scientists,politicians, etc. while CNN interviews B Class "Celebrities" I watch CNN for the nnews segments, but Larry or Piers ? That's for folks who think People Magazine is journalism.

Dennis

Untalented, brainless, midget, hoes...a dime a dozen. Women don't care for them, men see them as sex objects. Amazing that anyone would pay them for anything.

dave

Who are the Kardashians? I've heard the name somewhere, but I don't know if they are actors or singers our maybe something like Pairs Hilton?

Tom

CN...who?

Jack P

I'm sure glad the department store dummy is gone.

dave rosa

most americans arent interested in the left leaning press or the prgressive media outlets...the ratings prove it...until cnn, msnbc, etc figure out that the united states is center right, the ratings will continue to below that of fox..."air america" anyone???? obviously not.

Marcus Aurelius

It's CNN for cying outloud. There's the reason no one is watching... everyone at CNN, as well as former CNN personalities, are left wing turds. No one wants to watch, let alone listen, to a turd. The network is dying along with all the other left-leaning outlets. If you combined all of them, they couldn't begin to compete with FOX!

JKeyes

People want to see a beautiful woman with a brain. Opps, none there.

newjerseybt

When ratings are on a countdown to zero, bring in the milky moos.

Alan

To this day, I still have no idea who these gutter sluts are, and why they are in the news every damned day.

Nali

Madonna is pleased.

Gina

They are willing to do anything to get some viewers, anything to pull viewers from Fox news. Anything. Maybe they need a new reality show for the best news anchor, that's about their speed.

Nancy

He is a scalywag from britain that does not know how to extract information from an encyclopedia let alone famous people.

Alan Sugar

hey. All is good in the UK now that Piers Pugh-Morgan is in the US - our gain: your loss! Piers should have served time in the UK for insider share dealing when he edited the Mirror. I wonder if CNN checked that out? And is this why all his interviews are recorded rather than live?

brainiac

Why can't we hire Americans.

Max

Piers Morgan needs to go. He is the worst interviewer ever. Larry was sooo good. I never watch this egotistical, clipped voice.

TapTermRall

A loyal fan is born. well which is what i really feel after reading your post.
Bravo! A post definitly worth a worthy comment, thanks.
I have been reading this blog for sometime now, however it has taken me a even though to say hello. I wanna say thanks i truly appreciate your posts
Lovely work, though i have been lurking around for awhile i have not got around to commenting til now. cheers
Some posts are just mean't to be commented on, this is one. Thank you for an excellent read, so challenging to find these days.

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