Stroumboulopoulos' CNN Ratings Improve, But Future Still In Doubt

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George Stroumboulopoulos’ CNN show did better in its second week on the air than it did in its debut, but its ratings in the Friday night time slot are still less than impressive.

“Stroumboulopoulos” got 303,000 total viewers for its second episode and its first appearance in its allotted Friday 11 p.m. time slot, according to Nielsen data from TVNewser. That’s up from just 192,000 in its Sunday night debut a week earlier.

But it was only good enough to place third in the ratings race. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly won the time slot (956,000 total viewers) and “MSNBC Investigates” took second spot (369,000 viewers).

Nevertheless, the growing audience is a good sign for the Canadian TV show host’s foray into American TV. Shows that see ratings slide from a weak debut episode tend to get cancelled quickly. But Strombo’s ratings suggest upward momentum, at least for now.

The show debuted last week to abysmal ratings -- only 192,000 American viewers tuned into the show, the second-lowest rating for CNN in that time slot this year.

Strombo’s show has eight episodes left in its summer run. No word yet on whether it will be extended.

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