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This Week At This Week: Tapper’s Low Ratings, Amanpour ‘Laughs’ Off Criticism

The press has been largely positive for Jake Tapper‘s interim version of This Week, but the ratings took a hit last week – the worst since July 2006.

Meanwhile the incoming anchor of the program, Christiane Amanpour laughed off questions about her domestic journalistic experience.

The Huffington Post’s Danny Shea writes of This Week last week:

Sunday’s program, during which Tapper hosted Attorney General Eric Holder and Rudy Giuliani, drew just 2.024 million total viewers for its lowest total viewer delivery since July 2, 2006.

One factor could be the trickle effect of strong Saturday Night Live ratings with Betty White the night (or early morning before). But the average does two things. It extends Meet the Press‘ lead and moves ABC back to third place. (Update: ABC has been in third place for months, periodically coming in second in recent weeks.)

Here’s the full ratings breakdown (via TVNewser):
Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC “Meet the Press” 3.08M 1.06M
CBS “Face the Nation” 2.55M 752K
ABC “This Week” 2.02M 681K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.11M 454K

Still, This Week was home to the biggest breaking news last Sunday – which came during an exclusive interview with Eric Holder.

Tapper’s slow week comes on the heels of his soon-to-be replacement, Christiane Amanpour, officially leaving CNN (at the end of April). Some have raised questions about what her strong foreign credentials, and her lack of domestic experience, mean for the show – including some people internally at ABC News. FishbowlDC’s Betsy Rothstein asked Amanpour about the criticism – the response is interesting to say the least:

When asked about concerns some critics have about her thin history of domestic political coverage, Amanpour was warm and gracious, but she simply stopped talking. Instead, she tipped her head back and laughed. Not a former Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) defensive cackle, the kind that has been mocked on SNL. It was more a wide smile and hearty laugh of confidence, as if to say, this is preposterous and only a laugh will suffice. When she spoke, she replied that I could write, “She laughed” (rather, “she lahhfed” in her British accent) and she animated quote signs around her words in the air.

“She laughed.” A smart brush-off to a silly question, or a laugh in the face of very real concerns within the network she is now officially a part of?

Either way, the Sunday morning news battle continues to develop – both in ratings and in personalities.

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