Experian Hitwise: The Reign Before the Fall for MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann

The top three cable-news-show Web sites for the week ending Jan. 22 were unchanged from the previous week, according to data from Experian Hitwise, but the abrupt cancellation of the No. 1 show on the list will likely alter the landscape in the weeks to come. The now-erstwhile Countdown with Keith Olbermann from MSNBC topped the list, followed by Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, and MSNBC Live.

The list of late-night talk shows was unchanged from the week ending Jan. 15: Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with John Stewart and The Colbert Report, and TBS’ Conan. Morning talk shows remained the same, as well: NBC’s Today, ABC’s Good Morning America, and CBS’ The Early Show.

Continuing the theme of the week, the top three broadcast-network Web sites were the same as the prior week: CBS, ABC, and NBC. Fox’s American Idol sang its way to the top of the list of broadcast-network-show sites, with CBS’ NCIS claiming second place, and the No. 3 spot going to ABC’s The Bachelor. There were no fast risers on the broadcast list.

MTV’s Jersey Shore was no grenade, holding on to the top spot on the cable-show list, while the second- and third-place shows flip-flopped their positions from the previous week, with Comedy’s South Park overtaking BET’s The Game. Fast risers were Syfy’s Being Human (to No. 10 from No. 26), MTV’s Skins (15 from 79), USA Network’s Fairly Legal (20 from 52), and History’s Pawn Stars (24 from 26).

When combining broadcast and cable networks, the top two shows were the same as the week ending Jan. 15: Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants and Jersey Shore. South Park slipped into third place. Fast risers were American Idol (5 from 31), Countdown (18 from 35), Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (19 from 33), and Being Human (21 from 68).

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