Not only were the ratings down for the networks' entertainment programs, but so, too, were the numbers for their nightly newscasts, particularly for CBS and ABC. CBS Evening News drew just 4.89 million viewers, its lowest in modern-ratings history. Likewise, ABC's World News attracted 6.42 million, also a low point for the newscast. The low numbers came despite widespread interest in the Iranian elections and subsequent violence, which boosted ratings of the cable news networks. Since the crisis began on June 13, Fox News's audience has climbed 34 percent, while CNN's has risen 6 percent. (Both CBS's Katie Couric and ABC's Charles Gibson were off last week, according to TVNewser.com.)

24/05/2009