06/22/2011 07:31 am ET Updated Aug 22, 2011

Keith Olbermann 'Countdown' Premiere Ratings Solid In Demo

Keith Olbermann got some pretty good ratings news for his return to television.

The Monday premiere of "Countdown" on Current TV drew 179,000 viewers in the key A25-54 demo, according to figures released by the network. (Full viewing figures have not yet been released.) That was good enough to put Olbermann in third place--ahead of CNN, which got 89,000 viewers in the demo (though host Eliot Spitzer was on vacation), and behind MSNBC and Fox News, watched by 237,00 and 735,000 respectively.

For a tiny channel in 35 million fewer homes than Olbermann's former network, those are solid numbers indeed. (Olbermann, of course, has warned journalists that he is only interested in ratings over the long haul, and told them not to believe any "bullsh-t" spin about numbers.)