Olbermann won’t be ending ‘Countdown’

first_img“Countdown” has “put MSNBC back on the map,” NBC News President Steve Capus said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Much to Bill O’Reilly’s annoyance, Keith Olbermann will be a two-term news host on MSNBC. At least. NBC News announced Thursday that Olbermann had agreed to four more years at the MSNBC prime-time show “Countdown.” His contract was due to expire in March. Besides feuding with Fox News Channel’s O’Reilly, Olbermann has become a liberal hero. He has seen his ratings increase since launching a series of anti-President George W. Bush commentaries late last summer. Olbermann’s viewership in January was up 85 percent over January 2006, according to Nielsen Media Research. He’s still in O’Reilly’s shadow: The Fox show has averaged 2.4 million viewers so far this year while Olbermann, in the same time slot, has averaged 672,000. last_img read more