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

April 2, 2010 |  2:50 pm

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