- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Al-Jazeera America launched last week, and the Nielsen ratings for its first few days have been less than stellar.

The highest-rated show on the network last week was the Thursday-evening edition of “Real Money With Ali Velshi,” which drew 54,000 total viewers, TV Newser reported.

The launch hour, which was Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m., averaged 22,000 viewers, below Nielsen’s minimum accuracy threshold, meaning the firm cannot accurately count how many people watched it, the report said.

Al-Jazeera America replaced the low-rated Current TV and is currently in only 40 million homes. The network’s launch ratings were pretty low by traditional cable news standards, TV Newser reported.

Many right-wing bloggers, news sites and even politicians long have speculated about the network’s potential success and its impact on public opinion.

New York state Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor called for a boycott of the network on Monday, urging Verizon, Comcast, DirecTV and Dish Network to drop “the notoriously anti-American, anti-Semitic and misogynistic” Al-Jazeera network from their basic cable package.

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• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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