March 27th, 2009
05:41 PM ET
5 years ago

Limbaugh's ratings spike amid Dem attacks

 Limbaugh's ratings are on the rise.
Limbaugh's ratings are on the rise.

(CNN) – A conservative media watchdog group says recent Democratic attacks on Rush Limbaugh may have given a big boost to the talk radio host's ratings.

According to the Media Research Center, stations that carry Limbaugh's day time talk show experienced a "dramatic surge" of listeners in February - the month when congressional Democrats and even President Obama publicly took swipes at the conservative talker.

"President Obama declared war on Rush Limbaugh and his ratings went through the roof," said Media Research Center's Brent Bozell. "If that's not a magnificent backfire, I'm not sure what is."

Democrats have been eager to paint the divisive Limbaugh as the de facto Republican leader, especially after the radio host's controversial statement that he hoped the president's economic policies would fail.

Obama himself warned congressional Democrats in late January that they need to "can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done."


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  1. Jane

    Just what he was after.....his flock of sheep follow him well.

    March 27, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Laverne

    That is not surprising. These people were never supporters of President Obama anyway. CNN, sometimes you post stupid stuff that are "no brainers". Rush's surge in listeners was just a reason for the freaks to come out of the closet!

    March 27, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Obama Victim II

    LOL....

    Keep attacking Limbaugh, Obama. You're only making him MORE popular and richer!!

    March 27, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. GET REAL.

    It's probably just Dems that are revisiting Rush because they forgot how funny he is. After we laugh at him for a while, we'll be able to ignore him again and the ratings will drop. No worries.

    March 27, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Sue

    Maybe he can be the Republican leader now.

    March 27, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. TCM

    The dems are riding the Titanic; it's only a matter of time before they sink....why? Because the truth always prevails, and the corrupt liberal way of life is going down the tube.

    March 27, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Lynn

    I listen to the windbag isometimes but as a comedy and parody of real journalism!! ...and so believbable as it is from a CONSERVATIVE watchdog group!!

    March 27, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. JC

    Rush is the TRUTH!!!

    March 27, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. katiec

    The main attraction in a circus also gets more attention with advertisment and the media never hesitates to put limbaugh in
    the headlines.
    Most people tuned in out of curiosity, wondering what outrageous statements this clown would make next. Most certainly not because
    of admiration or respect.

    March 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. Emma, San Jose

    It is incomprehensible to me that so many Americans are interested in his fare. He comes off as a man who is not well.

    March 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Grimm

    The president NEVER declared war on Rush, his party did.

    March 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. obama-mama

    Who gives a rat's behind about Rush....
    The spike probably came from the republicans in the house.

    March 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. arithmetic is liberal

    According to the Media Research Center, stations that carry Limbaugh's day time talk show experienced a "dramatic surge" of listeners in February — the month when congressional Democrats and even President Obama publicly took swipes at the conservative talker.

    So we should just take their word for it?

    Unless they have Arbitron numbers (radio's version of the Neilsen ratings), I could really care less about the "dramatic surge" to which they're pointing.

    If there was a real, documented surge, it was liberal bloggers like me tuning in to hear what the drones would be repeating ad nauseum later that day.

    March 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. arithmetic is liberal

    It seems that the Republican Recovery Plan and the Media Research Center have something in common:

    Neither one presents any numbers to back up their statements.

    March 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. thanks, but no thanks

    A conservative media watch group says that. Yeah sure... l believe his ratings are up. In what world are you people living???

    March 27, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Perry

    Don't you guys know who the Media Research Center is?

    March 27, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    95% of conservatives, myself included, take what Limbaugh says with a grain of salt.

    95% of liberals take what he says at face value.

    How ironic is that????

    March 27, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. A spike???

    Yay, Rush has more klansmen taking the time out of their busy schedules to listen to hime talk for an hour in the afternoon on the radio.

    Rush/Palin 20NEVER!

    March 27, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. David Ferguson

    Yawn. Non-issue; of course the ratings would go up because people might hear about it and want to see what the fuss was about. Same thing happened to the View's ratings (if I recall correctly) back when Rosie and The Donald were going at it. I doubt they'll sustain the numbers, unless the Dems keep carping on him.

    March 27, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Obama/Biden 2012

    About we wait for 2010 and 2012 election results before we talk about what backfired and what didn't.

    I'm sure most of the people who tuned in to fatflop only did so out of curiosity. That will soon die down.

    March 27, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Any survey by a conservative watchdog group will of course, say that Limbaughs ratings went up! I would expect nothing less! But, people need to realize that his rating numbers are inflated anyway by whomever collects them. The conservative republicans in this country are going to make the numbers come out spectacularly just to show themselves in the best light. They still have an extremely low percentage of listeners compared to the numbers who do not listen to their rantings and ravings.

    March 27, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. Laura

    He's helped out Fox News Channel in much the same way. Thanks, Mr. President!

    March 27, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    I bet "Boss" Limbaugh came up with the Republicans new Budget idea. "HA,ha,ha,ha,ha,excuse me ,ha,ha,ha,ha, it was a nice blue folder though,ha,ha,ha,ha,blue folder,ha an empty blue folder,folks these people dont care about you only the lobbist that line their pockets, i call on all Americans to trust in the President & the Democratic party.

    March 27, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. TRivera

    Most people in this country don't like Limbaugh. No matter how great the republicans think he is, the guy has made some very controversial statements in the past that he will never live down. He made them, he has to live with the consequences.

    March 27, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. LP

    Not to be silly, but when I was in J school we were encouraged to ask questions of the opposing side or maybe a 3rd party. Any chance the "conservative media watchdog group" presented actual data? Any response from MoveOn.org or the White House? Is there an independent media monitoring group that can support or refute these statements (especially since there is no data attributed)? If so, none of it seems to be represented here. I know this is a blog, but to post something with no context or follow up at all seems weak.

    March 27, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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