The coveted February ratings book is in, and CNN has gone down like Barney Frank at a cast party for “Rent”. CNN saw double-digit declines in some areas.

Here are the numbers (taken from Drudge):

FNC O’REILLY 2,304,000 [VIEWERS]
FNC HANNITY/COLMES 1,704,000
FNC GRETA 1,615,000
CNN LARRY KING 1,364,000
CNN AARON BROWN 842,000
CNN ZAHN 542,000
CNNHN NANCY GRACE 405,000
MSNBC OLBERMANN 314,000
MSNBC SCARBOROUGH 208,000

It sure is a good thing that CNN lured the “genius” Jonathan Klein away from CBS to help them overtake FOX News. Who didn’t see that coming?

Back in November, I wrote in a column entitled “Rather’s Replacement: The CBS Evening Blog“, I predicted a CNN error of disastrous proportions in hiring the one who has come to be known as Jonathan de-Klein. Here’s what I predicted:

“A few days ago, CNN hired former ‘CBS News’ executive Jonathan Klein to run its operation. If this is how CNN plans to increase ratings, I’d say “FOX News” is safe. Hiring a former ‘CBS News’ executive to steal FOX viewers is like a NASCAR driver, noticing that he’s a lap down, scrapping his car and jumping on a pack mule.”

I was mistaken. It’s worse than I predicted. They didn’t jump on a pack mule… they jumped on the back of a dead agenda.

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