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?

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"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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