News Alert! Conservatives watch TV and are measured by Arbitron ratings. That means that we watch commercials and patronize sponsors. And that means bottom line revenues to networks.
Some of the news executives at CNN have clearly figured that out.
We're waiting for NBC, ABC, and CBS to get a clue.
CNN Tea Party Debate Propels Channel To Top Of Cable News For A Night (TVNewser)
Monday night's CNN Tea Party debate drew 3.6 million total viewers, including 1.1 million adults 25-54 from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. ET. Those numbers put the network at the top of the heap of cable news in primetime, above Fox News and MSNBC, which placed a fairly distant second and third, respectively. Yahoo! News / The Cutline: CNN also managed to increase the audience from its last GOP debate broadcast, on June 13. That one drew 3.2 million total viewers and 918,000 24- to 54-year-olds. Yahoo! News / The Cutline: Handicapping how presidential candidates perform in debates is a tricky proposition. But in this case, the pundits agree: The co-hosts of Monday night's Republican debate -- CNN and the Tea Party Express -- made for "one of the oddest political matches in recent memory," "strange political bedfellows," not unlike "James Carville and Mary Matalin."