Chung holds her own


Connie Chung made her much-anticipated CNN debut Monday night to ratings
that matched the news net's prime time average last week.

Chung, nervously bobbling her words a few times, marched on to a 0.9 rating
with about 750,000 households.

CNN averaged the same mark in prime for the week of June 17 to June 23.

Ratings for Connie Chung Tonight were up 83% from CNN's mark the same
Monday last year.

It also was 23% better than CNN's previous Live From on Monday nights
this year.

Chung tripled her lead-in, Crossfire, which hobbled to a 0.3

Chung was bested by her chief competition, Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly,
who harvested a 2.0 rating and 1.6 million households.

MSNBC's current 8 p.m. The News with Brian Williams, collected a 0.5
rating with 413,000 households.

The first edition of Connie Chung Tonight, airing from network's
sparkling new New York City studios (reportedly built for $15 million), featured

  • an interview with the brother-in-law relative of the
    fire service worker accused of setting the Colorado wildfire near Denver
  • a feature on accused pedophile who wrote to Dear Abby
    for advice and was turned in
  • comedian and host of Comedy Central's Daily Show Jon Stewart
  • members of the U.S. men's soccer team