Congressional Recess Causes Spike in CSPAN Ratings
WASHINGTON — CSPAN, the premier channel that broadcasts live congressional hearings and receives notoriously low ratings, saw a remarkable change in their numbers this past week.
Thanks to Congress being on its summer hiatus, CSPAN has continued its live broadcasts inside the Senate and House floors with increased popularity. These gains were the highest in CSPAN’s history, jumping from 20,000 to 120,000 views per day.
The rating’s spike occurred between the 2 PM- 5 PM time slot, which is usually reserved for Congressional Hearings. With Congress being on break, the time has been filled by Janitorial Services cleaning the House and Senate.
Executives at CSPAN believe the spike may have been caused by viewer perception that the network is airing reruns of the short-lived reality show, One Maid, Two Floors. The show was CSPAN’s only attempt at original content and was canceled after two episodes.