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

Limbaugh's ratings spike amid Dem attacks

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" 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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soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Axl

    Limbaugh even took to attacking Obama's wife recently. I believe in Karma.

    March 27, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. LetFreedomRing

    Rush Limbaugh has not lied to me one time. Obama has lied to me over 10 times since January. I believe those who don't lie to me.

    March 27, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. SouthernMan

    stations that carry Limbaugh's day time talk show experienced a "dramatic surge" of listeners in February
    And how do the stations know this? Can they monitor the number of radios tuning in on Limbaugh's show? This is a bunch of crap!!!

    March 27, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. Mike

    I am a "liberal" as per whatever definition there exists. But my greatest fear is that having this country subjected to one party rule. We need balance of power. Can the Republicans get rid of Rush, Palin etc and make it a viable party who can balance the power ?

    March 27, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Ohio Lady

    One of these days Rush will puff up so much he will just explode and fly out the window. Ba- bye!

    March 27, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Rick

    And this is the result of people realizing what a fraud and total failure Obama is. They realize that they should have listened to Rush after all.

    March 27, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. John

    I don't know if many people on this board are aware, but Fox News, according to the media ratings organizations, has a much larger audience than MS-NBC, which leans to Obama's side, or CNN, which tends to lie closer to the middle. In fact, it has a larger audience than both networks combined. So sure Ruch may be crazy - I think that 's what it takes to succeed in talk radio. but there are a lot of people out there listening and, more likely than not, many of them agree with what he says.

    March 27, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    I agree with the guy about looking in the toilet before the flush. I mean, who doesn't check to see what's on the toilet paper after wiping too?

    March 27, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. what gives?

    mission accomplished for dems you mean..his ratings go up..repugs ratings go down.he's not running for anything.

    March 27, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. eric

    Beautiful, you gotta love it. Palin's popularity rose when the left wing crazies called her a racist and a dumb broad. When Barack opened his big mouth(without a teleprompter if you can believe it), the rating for Rush went out. If the loons can keep spewing there venom and hatred toward anybody that doesn't agree with their crazy ideologies, the republican may have a shot on 2010 and 2012. Thank you crazies!!!

    March 27, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. M. Jordan

    Bravo, CNN. Another "duh" headline. Bush is gone, Cheney is gone, Steele isn't doing anything but being a humble apologetic Negro and Palin is a train wreck everytime she opens her mouth.
    Of course Rush's numbers are up. He's the only one with the nerve to give voice to the hate the rank and file feel.

    March 27, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. War on rush by bo....

    So, the Dems and Obama think Dumb Rush....? Hey ! Are you
    measuring Obamas' IQ against George W. ? Yes! So what you
    are saying Dems. that Obama is a smart Talker and not a Knower.
    Any idiot can spend, spend to no end and not know the difference of good
    judgement /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////?

    March 27, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Ryan

    ill take rush all day you guys can have jimmy carte....i mean obama, pelosi,reid, and the great one himself barney frank.

    March 27, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. Robert

    Hello. This is exactly what the White House wants. Make Rush the leader of the GOP. It rallies the base, but pushes away independents. Makes the GOP tent smaller. Many Republicans have failed to understand that Rush could care less if the GOP is in power or not, actually, he's stated that the Dem's in power is better for him. More money. Rush is loving this because this is high ratings and more revenue.
    The only people who don't like this are the GOP'ers who are in swing districts or Senators in tough elections in 2010. This is why the Palin's and Jindal's are falling over themselves to get 'his blessing' because the base follows his lead, but Obama won with independent support and the young vote....both areas that are turned off by Rush.
    Great strategic move by the Democrats.

    March 27, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. Sally

    We will take our country back.

    March 27, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Dennis

    After reading all the posts, I agree with the majority of reasonable comments. Rush is troubled and will say most anything for attention. I recoil at the thought that a political faction even considers his thoughts. It is frightening that folks of this persuasion have access to power. The past eight years are testimony to Rush's thinking. I find him so developmentally arrested that it is hard to take him seriously. I try to give him the courtesy of listening to his ideas, but find myself dismissing what he has to say halfway through his statements. I hope the GOP finds a reasonable, thoughtful leader soon, so we can resume meaningful debates in this Democracy. We do need diversity of ideas and exchange, but this man is so bizarre, I can't respect or hear most of what he is saying. Any spike is curiosity, not support.

    March 27, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. John

    Rush has a need to be the center of attention.

    March 27, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. rr

    this is not an attack to those who are listening to him but if they hava a good brain they will soon realize what rush is doing it may take years or even months. i use to hear people talking about hannity and i wanted to know why everybody was talking about him i would see his show but seen i realize what he stands for so give rush some time he has people like me who just want to know why everybody is talking about him.

    March 27, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. John in Ohio

    Course it's all people tuning in to hear him make a misstep, but hey, ratings are ratings.

    Now let's see him convert those ratings into elected office. Let's see him run for representative or even Senator. Sure, the Republicans are a regional party now, but it's a big region. Let's see him speak from other then a bully pulpit.

    March 27, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. lucy

    Why is this headline news? Who cares? There is an economic crisis and new proposals from Geightner, there is a Pakistan/Afghanistan crisis with new proposals, the Arctic Sea is melting, and there is a WHOLE WORLD out there of intelligent people from both sides of the aisle trying to keep us from killing ourselves and our planet, and you are bothering us with this twaddle? Get some real reporters and start playing your role as independent reporters of FACT not hyperbole and nonsense.

    March 27, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. denise

    What I love is when Rush exposes, by name, liberal politicians who have huge carbon footprints, own guns, own multiple SUVs, and send their kids to private schools but they publicly try to ban guns, limit SUV ownership, rant about carbon footprints and vote against school vouchers. He just digs up the dirt and dishes it. It would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic.

    March 27, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Doug

    I think the boost in ratings is from liberals. I have liberal friends who never miss a show. Not because they agree with anything he says; because they think he's hilarious.

    March 27, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. John in Ohio

    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.

    Boy, that's credible. This just in, a liberal media watchdog group says that Obama's election may have hurt Hannity's ratings.

    It may have, it may not have, who knows? When you say may it doesn't have to actually mean anything! Unless you're the kind of idiot who gets worked up over that crap.

    March 27, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. Libertarian

    PEOPLE.....Rush is an ENTERTAINER! He works hard to get ratings. He's not out for the best interest of America. He's out for his RATINGS!

    It does strike me as funny that "ditto heads" call everyone else "sheep". There's comedy there!

    March 27, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. cmoney

    If he is so crazy and wrong then why do people listen to him? I dont listen to iddiots or crap that is why I stopped listening to air america when it was on the air and their ratings tanked. So like him or not the man has to be doing something right to be one of the most successful radio shows. Frankly no of the reasons stated here make any sense or correlate to why rush has such high ratings. there is no spin on this story, just facts and observations and that makes some people angry.

    March 27, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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