If CNN is hoping its new primetime lineup will be part of a ratings revival, it's going to take a little bit of time.
That's the takeaway after one night of "Parker Spitzer," which averaged just 454,000 total viewers and 118,000 A25-54 demo viewers at 8PM Monday night.
That represented a last-place debut, coming in behind Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" (3.112 million total viewers, 722,000 A25-54), MSNBC's "Countdown" (1.115 million total viewers, 329,000 A25-54) and HLN's "Nancy Grace" (468,000 total viewers, 149,000 A25-54).
But it also represented a decline in total viewers from CNN's 7PM hour, "John King USA." The "Parker Spitzer" lead-in averaged 471,000 total viewers, meaning that "Parker Spitzer" lost 17,000 total viewers from the already dismally-rated 7PM hour.
The show did, however, grow from King's lead-in in the demo, adding 17,000 demo viewers from King's 101,000 A25-54 average.
"We are pleased with the quality of the show and over time we think viewers will be drawn to the more thoughtful discussion and lively debate that Kathleen and Eliot have to offer," a CNN spokesperson told Huffington Post.
Comparing the debut ratings to CNN's past performance in the hour doesn't bode well for the new show, either.
The hour was down 8% in total viewers and 24% in the demo from Rick Sanchez's September averages (Sanchez hosted an 8PM version of "Rick's List in the hour during September, which averaged 491,000 total viewers and 156,000 demo viewers)>
Campbell Brown left CNN in July, having averaged 591,000 total viewers in the time slot for the year. In October 2009, Brown averaged 648,000 total viewers and 161,000 in the demo.