Relax, the Ratings Hill Jake Tapper Had to Climb Was Always Steep

Did anyone really expect 'The Lead' to pull in big ratings right off the bat?


"We consider our news to be so important and journalism to be a different kind of profession than any other and this is crucial to the health of a democratic republic, and all that stuff," says Thompson, "yet all these programs are battling it out for limited advertising dollars, and really limited total audience."

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