Two cable networks that launched last week posted less-than-stellar ratings. Fox Sports 1 averaged 161,000 viewers in prime time, according to Nielsen estimates -- slightly more than Speed, the
channel it replaced, had averaged in the same time frame. "The top draws for the net were NASCAR racing events on Wednesday (540,000) and Saturday (428,000)," writes
Rick Kissell in Variety.
Al Jazeera America's first numbers were
also low for a cable news network -- not a big surprise, since it had "lost
a few million homes from AT&T before launch (it is currently in just over 40 million
homes)," writes Alex Weprin.
"The highest rated show on AJAM last week was the Thursday evening edition of 'Real Money with Ali Velshi,' which drew
54,000 total viewers."
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