It should come as no surprise that ratings have slowly dropped for cable news programs now that elections are over, but the always controversial Glenn Beck has experienced a ratings decline that might prove to be more than a lull.
Beck still reigns supreme amongst his fellow cable hosts at 5 p.m., scoring 2.055 million viewers — fellow Fox News cohort Bill O’Reilly ranking number one across the board with 3.194 million viewers — but those numbers are down 26 percent when compared to last year.
If you ask TVNewser’s Alex Weprin, Beck’s ratings drop can be blamed on his talking up the situation in the Middle East. “Beck is at his best when he is talking politics, not when he is talking about the situation in Libya,” he told The Wrap.
Middle East chit chat might not be a strong point for Beck, but CNN’s Anderson Cooper found some benefit from his coverage of the situation. February saw an addition of nearly 300,000 viewers to his primetime show, according to the Huffington Post.
Fox News still dominates the ratings war, with the top five most-watched cable news shows belonging to the conservative network — Cooper’s significant increase still only lands him at the 16th most watched show.