Olbermann is up, O'Reilly is down.
That's the good news in the cable news ratings war. MSNBC's Keith Olbermann is on a roll, his numbers up a whopping 66 percent in November, according to the industry trade magazine Television Week.
The strong ratings performance by Olbermann's Countdown program helped MSNBC cut into the audience of Fox News, which still leads all network news operations in the cable news field.
Despite its big numbers, the ratings at Fox are falling, Television Week reported. O'Reilly's numbers were off 17 percent for November, while Fox News overall was down 13 percent.
Our take on the numbers: Maybe, just maybe, O'Reilly's mean-spirited little act has run its course. After the hype and hot air, there never was much there.
We'll stick with Olbermann, who offers honest, critical analysis of the Bush Administration on a regular basis, something the "Fair and Balanced" boys at Fox never quite manage to do.