Larry King Says Goodbye With Lowest-Rated Year in 2010


On the plus side, Larry King Live has one of the top 10 cable telecasts of all time.  But that was 17 years ago.

It’s not a surprise for those following the daily ratings, but Larry King, who ends his run on CNN tonight is going out on a ratings low note, with 2010 marking lows over at least the last thirteen seasons.

Larry King Live is down 42% from last year with adults 25-54, and down 52% from 1998 (haven’t been able to dig up the earlier years yet).   With total viewers, Larry King Live is down 40% from 2009 and 59% down from 1998.

Total viewer and 25-54 season averages going back to 1998 are below:






P 2+
Network Dates Program Time Days (000s)
CNN 12/29/97-12/27/98 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 1636
CNN 12/28/98-12/26/99 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 1302
CNN 12/27/99-12/31/00 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 1159
CNN 01/01/01-12/30/01 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 1389
CNN 12/31/01-12/29/02 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 1340
CNN 12/30/02-12/28/03 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 1537
CNN 12/29/03-12/26/04 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 1265
CNN 12/27/04-12/25/05 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 1236
CNN 12/26/05-12/31/06 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 1060
CNN 01/01/07-12/30/07 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 1060
CNN 12/31/07-12/28/08 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 1283
CNN 12/29/08-12/27/09 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 1115
CNN !12/28/09-12/14/10 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 669
2010TD vs. 1998 -59%
P 25-54
Network Dates Program Time Days (000s)
CNN 12/29/97-12/27/98 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 364
CNN 12/28/98-12/26/99 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 311
CNN 12/27/99-12/31/00 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 301
CNN 01/01/01-12/30/01 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 396
CNN 12/31/01-12/29/02 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 325
CNN 12/30/02-12/28/03 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 451
CNN 12/29/03-12/26/04 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 301
CNN 12/27/04-12/25/05 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 349
CNN 12/26/05-12/31/06 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 269
CNN 01/01/07-12/30/07 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 294
CNN 12/31/07-12/28/08 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 391
CNN 12/29/08-12/27/09 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 300
CNN !12/28/09-12/14/10 LARRY KING LIVE 09:00P -10:00P MTWTF__ 175
2010TD vs. 1998 -52%
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