Jesse Ventura Body Slams TV Ratings With ‘Conspiracy Theory’

Conspiracy Theory with Jesse VenturaDaniela Perdomo writes on Alternet:

Jesse Ventura has worn many hats over his lifetime. In addition to being a body-slamming professional wrestler and one-term governor of Minnesota, he was a Navy SEAL in Vietnam and a bodyguard for the Rolling Stones. In his latest career move, he is a conspiracy theory investigator.

His television show, Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura, premiered on TruTV in early December delivering the 17-year-old channel’s largest-ever premiere audience — 1.6 million people — and maintaining it during subsequent episodes. It held onto high Nielsen ratings despite being panned by critics because the masses love it. TruTV’s slogan is “Not Reality. Actuality.” This is a baffling mantra, but it’s the perfect place for a show like Ventura’s.

“We developed it for our audience,” one that is “usually fascinated with inside worlds they don’t normally have access to,” said Darren Campo, senior vice president of programming at the channel. But the show is very much about Ventura’s “voice,” he adds.

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  • conniedobbs

    I tried, I really did! It's just too awful to watch. I kept thinking “If you don't believe this 100%, Jesse Ventura will punch you through the screen.” I don't cotton to that intimidation. I preferred Belzer's conspiracy theory show that was on the sci fi channel for a few months.

  • Anonymous

    Good for him! It looks like it would be an interesting thing to watch but I am not sure how much Alex Jones I could take.

  • tonyviner

    Good for him! It looks like it would be an interesting thing to watch but I am not sure how much Alex Jones I could take.

  • chris

    911 was inside job

  • chris

    911 was inside job

  • Anonymous

    Sounds awesome!

  • greengestalt

    Sounds awesome!