10:24am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Reliable Sources' Gets No Lift With Brian Stelter Debut
During his first day as the new host of Reliable Sources, the CNN Sunday program's former pinch hitter averaged just 118,000 viewers in the targeted news demographic of adults 25-54. He pulled 400,000 total viewers.
The former New York Times reporter had previously sat in the chair three times since longtime host Howard Kurtz departed for Fox News Channel in June. Compared to recent showings, the episode was down 49 percent from its latest original (Nov. 24, hosted by Eric Deggans) and off 9 percent from the current fourth-quarter average -- in the demo on both counts.
As for his competition, Stelter went up against Kurtz's new direct competitor, Media Buzz, in the 11 a.m. hour. The FNC show averaged 960,000 viewers, up just 2 percent from recent showings, and 239,000 viewers in the demo.
Reliable Sources did have an advantage over MSNBC. Despite modest lifts from her current averages, Melissa Harris-Perry's program averaged 115,000 adults 25-54 and 325,000 total viewers.