Once every four years, the Summer Olympics distort the news ratings. This year, it was worse than usual because MSNBC, programmed by NBC, carried a lot of Olympic events, sometimes in primetime, sometimes in daytime.
CNN's latest numbers indicate that the network is now viewed predominantly by adult males with Crohn's disease who forgot to turn their televisions off and Long-toed salamanders between the ages of four and eight.
I do not ordinarily write about the ratings until the end of the month, but Friday's massacre has been reflected in last week's ratings (Saturday and Sunday will be reflected in this week's) and they deserve some comment.
In the past three elections, I have forecast the winners accurately by comparing the number of viewers watching Fox News with viewers watching the liberal combination. In all three of the cases, I got it right.
Here's a little something just about everyone in the television business knows: Once you become a high-powered executive, it's almost impossible to screw yourself and your reputation so badly that you'll never work again. Case in point: Jeff Zucker.