Piers Morgan's viewership drops for Night 2

Piers Morgan’s new CNN talk show lost a significant chunk of viewers his second night on the air, but the Brit beat Fox News in the network’s key demographic.

With Howard Stern as his guest, Piers Morgan Tonight delivered 1.3 million viewers Tuesday night — down 38 percent from his Monday premiere, which featured Oprah Winfrey.

Among adults 25-54, however, Morgan climbed 6 percent to 551,000 viewers and was able to edge out Fox News’ Hannity (2.2 million viewers, 506,000 in the demo) in the hour.

In third all around, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show had 1.2 million and 265,000.

As usual, Stern made some headlines with his appearance last night. He ripped Jay Leno, calling him a“crook,” “insane,” and “not fit to scrub David Letterman’s feet.”

Read more:
Howard Stern to Piers Morgan: Jay Leno is ‘a crook’

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  • PM

    It depends on the guest Piers Morgan has. Oprah Winfrey’s a big name and she will get you to watch if she’s a guest. The other guests he has this week, not so much. He might average 1 to 1.5 million with the next 3 shows. With Ricky Gervais on Thursday, Piers’show might have an increase there given Ricky’s backlash at the Golden Globe awards.

  • graeme

    Any new show drops after huge premiere ratings.
    Gonna take a while for him to settle into his normal ratings whether high or low.

  • Graham

    I wonder if this had anything to do with the fact that Morgan interviewed Howard Stern and Hannity gave an open mic to Dr. Laura. Yuck.

    • Annia

      Just imagine Howard Stern and that “she-male” Dr. Laura hooked up, and if she still could get pregnant, their offspring would be one hell of the fugliest in the world.

  • scytherius

    It will continue to tank.

  • Brett

    It’s boring. He’s boring.

    • Quing

      I am soo happy you Americans now have him. He is a loathed self loving sycophant back in the UK who lost his job as editor for his newspaper publishing fake Iraqi torture photos thus potentially putting British troops lives at risk.

  • Otis

    Who tunes in to watch Piers Morgan. Same actually held true of Larry King. Audience and ratings solely dependent on guest. Oprah has a huge female following, why … Don’t ask me; while Stearn has a small but loyal following of 18-40 YO’s who think by listening to a shock-jock they are part of an in-group (ya, of other morons). Once Morgan settles in, we’ll know if he’s going to be another celebrity a– kisser or a respected journalist who asks important questions of world leaders.

    • Jean Genie

      He certainly isn’t kissing Madonna’s a**. Good on him.

      • Marc

        Yeah, why kiss Madonna’s ass when he can pucker up to the Kardashian sisters’ plentiful posteriors? What a coup. When you’re already booking overexposed reality stars in week #2, I think we know what kind of show we’re going to get. David Frost, he ain’t.

      • Lyn

        Totally agree, Marc. I don’t care for Madonna, but she is Madame Curie compared to the Kardashians.

      • Remy

        His big mistake…. you don’t mess with the Queen!

  • Mike B

    America can’t get an American to do this show? Really? That’s sad.

    But hey, America outsources everything else, why not this?

  • J

    I love Piers!
    Great show last night.

  • Cici217

    Let’s see how he does in three weeks when he has someone like Tori Spelling on

  • kaydevo

    Well, I’d say many more people want to see Oprah interviewed than want to see Stern (ugh). I for one am not at all interested in watching Piers doing the interviewing.

  • mostboringseasonever

    I turned it on, then saw that he was interviewing Stern. Had to turn it off right away. Can’t stand Stern at all.

  • LibelFreeZone

    Piers Morgan has a repugnant history as first a reporter for and then the editor of three notorious British tabloids. I don’t think he’ll EVER be able to wash the stink off himself–nor should he–from being mentored by Rupert Murdoch and Kelvin Mackenzie, both repulsive yellow journalists. Morgan calls himself a serious journalist, yet he spent over a decade lying, exaggerating and printing salacious rumors about the rich and famous at The Sun (1989–94); News of the World (1994–95); and the Daily Mirror (1995–04). Now he’s trotting himself out as a quality but “dangerous” mainstream interviewer when nothing could be farther from the truth. Buh-bye, Morgan. I’ll watch anything but your contemptuous mug.

    • Annia

      Umm…if he wants to call himself “God” that would be his prerogative, don’t you think?

  • anon

    Howard is great, a comedic genius, and the interview was great. But of course the ratings are going to drop. People were slightly interested in the premiere of a new show. Ratings always dip for the second show. Howard’s millions of fans hear him every day on the radio, so they weren’t rushing to the TV’s (I did, though), they knew they’d hear all about it on the radio afterwards.

  • sam

    I suspect that by the end of the month, he will make Spitzer (and whoever they team him with next) look like a huge hit. CNN seems to be interested in the least likable people they can find. Anderson Cooper needs to get out of there quick.

  • Craig

    Its OK, we still love you Rachel Maddow!

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