“Countdown” with Keith Olbermann is a MSNBC mainstay, run daily. NBC’s answer to the “Daily Show” or “The Colbert Report.” The show is a mixture of comedy, hard news, and commentary, with Olbermann’s brand of humor.
With little fanfare on Sunday, August 26, 2007, the show was aired in place of Football Night In America, the normal fare of NBC during Football season. Right now, it was considered to be a one-off.
We’ve received the Nielsen fast-national ratings (not the actual national ratings) and have a sense of how last night’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann did in its premiere on NBC. The upshot: in total viewers it beat “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?” on Fox. But finished behind “60 Minutes” and “America’s Funniest Videos.” 4,146,000 total viewers watched.
Countdown finished fourth in the 18-49 and 25-54 demos.
In a post last night , I asked how Olbermann’s NBC show played in the plains. Aaron Barnhart of that plain-worthy state, Missouri wrote about it in his blog TVBarn.com.
Olbermann is also a contributor to Football Night in America this fall.