As His New Show Draws Strong Ratings, Olbermann Urges Obama: "Bring Our Troops Home."

As his show displays remarkable ratings for such a young program on a non-mainstream cable channel, Keith Olbermann continues to show the same sharp political drive he always has. Here is some analysis of the initial ratings numbers from Forbes' Jeff Bercovici:

Current TV has released some ratings figures for the first night of the reborn “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” and they’re a lot better than the host led listeners to expect they might be. “Countdown” attracted 179,000 viewers between the ages of 25 and 54 — the key age group for cable news advertisers — on Monday night. Not only is that close to the total audience of 200,000 that the show was drawing in its early days on MSNBC, according to Olbermann; it’s not far off the 237,000 viewers age 25-54 who actually watched Olbermann’s replacement, Lawrence O’Donnell, Monday night.

And it wasn’t just his own artificially deflated expectations Olbermann shattered. He also crushed CNN, which managed an audience of just 89,000 in “the demo” (as it’s invariably called) Monday. And, of course, if Current’s pre-Olbermann primetime audience average of 20,000 to 30,000 is your baseline, he improved on it by an order of magnitude. (Admittedly, his performance looks a little less impressive when you set it next to Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly, who got 735,000 viewers in the 25-54 group that hour.)

Certainly, one of the reasons his ratings are so strong is because of his pull-no-punches, personal approach to the toughest issues of the day.

Below, watch last night's "special comment" from Olbermann to Obama, asking him to bring the troops home.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at June 22, 2011, 5:01am

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