deadline.com Reports that Ratings for Current’s new incarnation of Countdown With Keith Olbermann were bound to fall in the show’s second week as the curiosity factor wore off and people began their July 4 vacations. Still, the numbers from last week are bracing: Olbermann attracted an average of 93,000 viewers in its target 25-54 demo, down 29% from the first week. The total audience, at 253,000, was down 28.5%. The numbers account for people who watched the 8 PM ET broadcast live, or the same evening on their DVRs.
I’ve been curious about how exactly his reign at MSNBC came to an end being it seemed rather abrupt to me,because i have a lot of time and misery invested in following his career as well as screening his former show.
Current TV will pay him ten million dollars a year (with the possibility of banking $100 million over the course of his five year contract)–a staggering figure that dwarfs his MSNBC salary (and THR reports that “Current TV disputes the figure but adds it does not “disclose confidential, contractual details”).
Olbermann, who discussed his new show and his departure from MSNBC, said he went on the air January 21 without knowing it was his last show. A team including Olbermann’s agents, his manager, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, and an NBC lawyer were negotiating in the building as the show went on, reaching a decision to part ways about thirty minutes into the show. Olbermann says since his exit, he has not spoken to MSNBC star Rachel Maddow