JRE Keeps You Entertained All Tuesday: A sign of the times

Mediaite has the October ratings for every show on America’s cable news networks – CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, HLN (the old CNN Headline News), and CNBC – and the news is very very bad for CNBC.

The raconteurs at Fox News own the day, with all of the top thirteen slots being held by Fox shows.

But here’s the really interesting thing. Remember back in the halcyon days of 1999, when every mug punter had the TV in their office tuned to CNBC while they were daytrading pets.com and Qualcomm? And remember the crazy days of 2008, when everyone was watching the market’s last gasps on CNBC?

These days, it looks like CNBC’s the one taking its last gasps.

The truly stunning statistic: Fox News’s loopy Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld (previously on JRE)- which screens between three and four in the morning – rates higher than every show on CNBC. That’s not a typo: CNBC in prime time has fewer viewers than Fox News at 3:30am.

And we’re talking about a show that has an intergalactic alien as its music correspondent; an ombudsman to fix all of its errors; and chugging contests with Norm from Cheers. Like this!

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