OK

Oh noes! We're behind!

Yeah, Oregon, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and New Mexico are tossups, but Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina, South Dakota and Montana are not. Got it.

To be fair, if you're Bill O'Reilly, you've got to make shit up. He can't help it. And how else is he supposed to show McCain in the lead?

His problem is that Olbermann's reality-based show is catching up fast:

Ratings among the advertiser-coveted 25-54 demo, in thousands:

Monday, October 27:
8 p.m.                        9 p.m.
Olbermann: 1,081 (MSNBC)  Maddow: 964 (MSNBC)
O'Reilly: 938 (Fox)       Hannity & Colmes: 899 (Fox)
Brown: 560 (CNN)          King: 517 (CNN)
Grace: 609 (HLN)          Dobbs: 167 (HLN)

Friday, October 24:
8 p.m.                        9 p.m.
Olbermann: 912 (MSNBC)    Maddow: 828 (MSNBC)
O'Reilly: 829 (Fox)       Hannity & Colmes: 729 (Fox)
Brown: 447 (CNN)          King: 605 (CNN)
Grace: 439 (HLN)          Dobbs: 144 (HLN)

Thursday, October 23:
8 p.m.                        9 p.m.
O'Reilly: 888 (Fox)       Hannity & Colmes: 900 (Fox)
Olbermann: 830 (MSNBC)    Maddow: 721 (MSNBC)
Brown: 432 (CNN)          King: 660 (CNN)
Grace: 363 (HLN)          Dobbs: 135 (HLN)

Wednesday, October 22:
8 p.m.                        9 p.m.
O'Reilly: 1,051 (Fox)     Hannity & Colmes: 899 (Fox)
Olbermann: 881 (MSNBC)    Maddow: 864 (MSNBC)
Brown: 529 (CNN)          King: 643 (CNN)
Grace: 399 (HLN)          Dobbs: 189 (HLN)

Tuesday, October 21:
8 p.m.                        9 p.m.
Olbermann: 935 (MSNBC)    Maddow: 867 (MSNBC)
O'Reilly: 742 (Fox)       Hannity & Colmes: 698 (Fox)
Brown: 583 (CNN)          King: 705 (CNN)
Grace: 520 (HLN)          Dobbs: 152 (HLN)

Olbermann and Maddow have both beaten their Fox News counterparts three of the five shows this past week -- a remarkable achievement given how dominant Fox's lead once was. And don't forget that O'Reilly once had a commanding lead as the most-watched cable news host. So when Olbermann beats him, it means Olbermann is the most watched.  

And yeah, Lou Dobbs is a douche who no one watches. O'Reilly isn't the only reality-deficient blowhard losing traction to the Olbermann/Maddow juggernaut.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Oct 29, 2008 at 08:20 AM PDT.

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