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Sarah Palin's 'Real American Stories' on Fox News draws 2 million viewers

Sarah Palin’s new Fox News series debuted Thursday evening amid substantial chatter, but in the end “Real American Stories” delivered about the same number of viewers that usually tune in to the network at that hour.

The show, in which Palin interviewed people about their inspirational stories of heroism and determination, averaged 2.073 million viewers at 7 p.m. PDT, down slightly from the average of 2.117 million who watched “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” at that hour in the first quarter of this year. There was a significant drop among younger viewers, however: In the key 25-to-54-year-old advertising demographic, “Real American Stories” pulled in 472,000 viewers, down 16% compared with the first quarter.

Palin still got more viewers than all her competitors combined. CNN’s Anderson Cooper had 820,000 viewers at the same hour, while MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann had 575,000 and HLN’s Nancy Grace drew 400,000.

It remains to be seen whether the response to the program was strong enough for the network to green-light further episodes. Bill Shine, the network’s executive vice president for programming, said Thursday that he will make a decision about the show’s future next week after getting the ratings for the rerun of “Real American Stories,” which airs Sunday at 6 p.m. PDT.

-- Matea Gold

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Buried the lede:

"Palin still got more viewers than all her competitors combined."

$arah got the people who were tuning into FOX anyway. She didn't pull anybody in.

Still alot of people got to see her PRETEND to be Katie Couric without doing any of the journalistic work.


Oh, are you jealous because you couldn't stand up proudly like her and actually know what she is talking about? You liberal, democratic fools... you are being lied to regularly now, not like the times of Carter, Clinton, Bush, etc. We are heading to a bankrupt nation based on idiot Obama's plan and I pray to God I die before the plan hits the general public. You are no different than one in jail getting a reach around and just having to accept it because it's the way it is... and Obama is the one doing it! Stop being lied to and accept the truth... we are loosing democracy as we know it, are constitution rights are being violated and yet he remains a "president"... it's time to impeach!!!!

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It was a pleasure to see Sarah Palin host the new Fox Real American Stories. She came across as a sweet and caring person, rather than the bare knuckled political individual for which she is known. It is wonderful that the good and heroic people are spotlighted on national television. Though I'm old enough to be her father, I only wish she was my daughter.


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