Back after eight years off the air, CNN’s Crossfire didn’t exactly set the ratings ablaze on Monday. With Wolf Blitzer’s interview with President Barack Obama on Syria as a lead-in, the Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter-hosted half-hour show came in second among adults 25-54 and third in overall viewership against its cable news rivals. Between 6:30 PM and 7 PM, Jeff Zucker’s resuscitated political debate show pulled in 171,000 viewers in the demo and 581,000 overall. While better by 21% in the demo and 44% in total viewers than The Situation Room has done over the past four Mondays, Crossfire was way behind Fox News’ Special Report With Bret Baier in both categories. The FNC show had 384,000 viewers among adults 25-54 and 2.4 million in overall viewers. While MSNBC’s Al Sharpton-hosted Politics Nation was behind the heavily promoted CNN show in the demo with 116,000, it was solidly ahead in total viewers with 617,000 watching.
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