The Parker Spitzer show has posted weak numbers since the show’s start
in October 2010. While CNN hoped the numbers would improve, the
Parker Spitzer show is only averaging 468,000 viewers. At the same 8
PM time slot that Parker Spitzer airs, Fox News is averaging 2.6
millions viewers and MSNBC is averaging 874,000 viewers.
Interestingly, while Parker was out for a week due to a lung
infection, the overall viewership for the Parker Spitzer show doubled.
Although the turmoil in Egypt may have had to do with the increase in
viewership, this was without a doubt the show’s strongest viewership
since it launched in October. There can be no denying that the
numbers have increased since Parker’s absence and there has been much
speculation that CNN may be looking for a replacement.
It seems to me that it’s time to make a change with the Parker Spitzer
show. In order to keep up with the other 8 PM time slots, CNN needs to
replace Parker and give a spark to the struggling program. The
numbers were there when Spitzer ran the show by himself and if CNN is
able to find a solid replacement for Parker, this program should have
a chance of doing well.
If you would like to see how well spoken and interesting Eliot Spitzer
can be, this video of Eliot Spitzer and Thane
Rosenbaum during the last Forum Conversation.