New Years Eve: CNN's Kathy Griffin Hits 5-Year Low, Loses 40% of Audience
threat promise of seeing Kathy Griffin topless backfired on CNN. The Fox News Channel's New Years Eve special not only beat CNN in total viewers, but Anderson Cooper and Griffin's viewership plummeted nearly 40% over last year -- from 2.3 million viewers last year to only 1.426 million Tuesday night. CNN did, however, beat Fox news in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 demo.
The 1.426 million rating is also a new low for CNN, going all the way back to 2008.
2008: 2.31 million.
2009: 1.673 million
2010: 1.532 million
2011: 1.605 million
Could it be that the public is finally tiring of watching Griffin's annual debasing of herself? Last year, the attention-desperate, left-wing comedian simulated oral sex on her co-host. The year before that she ripped off her blouse. The year before that she dropped the f-bomb.
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