Friday, June 14, 2013


As noted by entertainment writer Andrew Ryan in yesterday's Globe and Mail; there was a "Shockingly low ratings start" for George Stroumboulopoulos' new CNN talk show Stroumboulopoulos.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, there is your answer. "Stroumboulopoulos" means nothing as a key-word in the United States of America. Even here in Canada the amiable, if somewhat awkward, host and his magic CBC talk-show George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (formerly The Hour) consistently draw relatively low ratings. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation supports their psuedo-star-personality for reasons known only to them.

Stroumboulopoulos premiered on the cable news network this past Sunday night to just 192,000 total U.S. viewers. Less than half that amount was from the all-important 25-54 demographic. (If a poll were taken of that demo I'm sure the vast majority would have no idea who George is.)

Of course, these factors are not indicators of quality, but...

My first reaction, upon hearing months ago that Mr. Strombo was being transplanted to the super news network south of the border, was one of confusion: "Why?... That makes no sense."

In fairness fortunes could change for CNN and their new man when the show moves to its regular Friday at 11 p.m slot. An audience takes time to build; maybe.

The Globe and Mail...
George Stroumboulopoulos’ CNN show off to shockingly low ratings start

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