Critics Pounce On Olbermann's Softer Ratings : The Two-Way Keith Olbermann disputes the talk, but observers wonder if his show's days are numbered.

Critics Pounce On Olbermann's Softer Ratings

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann strongly disagrees, but one of the memes of the day seems to be that Countdown with Keith Olbermann isn't doing so well ratings-wise and might soon be history.

Daily Finance looked at the numbers (and got slammed by Keith) and concluded that Countdown's ratings "have been soft recently."

The Los Angeles Times Top of the Ticket blog (hardly a partisan forum) says that "quietly last month while no one was looking, hardly anyone was watching Keith Olbermann anymore."

TV By the Numbers notes that perhaps Keith and other TV pundits should "take care going up the ladder indeed. It's hell on the way back down."

Keith's point is that his show is "the highest-rated cable news show not on Fox News ... meaning ... it's the highest-rated actual cable news show."

Update at 4 p.m. ET: After thinking about it, I didn't like my original headline, which posed the question "could the end be near?" for Olbermann's show. So I've turned it into the more neutral one that's now on the post.