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CNN Races For The Ratings Bottom, Sees Much Success

CNN Races For The Ratings Bottom, Sees Much Success

Fox News tops cable news competitors for 200th straight month

CNN has raced for the bottom by aligning itself with #TheResistance, and as a result of its Trump derangement, the cable news network has been plagued with numerous #FakeNews scandals this year.  Last year, CNN earned the dubious distinction of being the only media outlet to be named a whopping four times in the 2017 Fake News Awards list of top ten purveyors of fake news.

It’s little surprise, then, that CNN’s ratings are tanking.  And I mean really really tanking.  The vaunted “Chris Cuomo Primetime” has fewer viewers not only than Fox News but than HGTV.  This makes sense; after all, watching paint dry is far preferable to watching Cuomo’s antics.

On the whole, CNN has shed nearly a quarter of its prime-time viewership since this time last year.  Fox News, by contrast, is yet again the most-watched network on basic cable, beating out not only CNN but MSNBC.  Additionally, Fox News‘s ratings beat its cable news competitors for the 200th month in a row.

The Hill reports:

Fox News was the most-watched network on basic cable for the 26th consecutive month in August while also topping its cable news competitors for the 200th straight month, according to data released Tuesday Nielsen Media Research.

The milestones for Fox News, which launched in 1996 and rose to the top of cable news in 2001, comes despite a strong finish to the month by rival MSNBC.

The progressive network surged over the past week following frenetic news events last Tuesday involving the president’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen’s guilty plea to charges of bank and tax fraud and campaign finance law violations, and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort being found guilty on charges of bank and tax fraud.

Fox News’s “Hannity” was once again the most-watched program in cable news, delivering an average of 3.079 million total viewers per night.

“The Rachel Maddow Show” was second, with 2.882 million, followed by Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and “The Ingraham Angle,” with 2.552 and 2.461 million viewers, respectively. MSNBC’s ”The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” rounded out the top five, with 2.229 million viewers.

Overall, the top five networks on basic cable from a total viewership perspective were Fox News, MSNBC, HGTV, USA Network and the History Channel.

I find it interesting that the Hill refers to MSNBC as a “progressive network.”  Interesting because it’s accurate.

The Daily Caller has more:

According to Nielsen Media Research, August was Fox’s consecutive month as the number one cable news network in primetime and total day. FNC averaged 1,299,000 viewers in total day and 2,299,000 viewers in primetime, supremely outpacing both CNN and MSNBC.

Additionally, Fox News experienced a 4 percent increase in primetime viewers. While MSNBC finished second in primetime and total day, they were the only cable news network to experience growth in both categories.

CNN continued to severely struggle with its ratings, experiencing a 12 percent drop in primetime viewers and a massive 15 percent drop in total day. CNN’s primetime viewership reached just 1,052,000.

CNN’s day ratings are equally abysmal.  More people watch Nickelodeon and Investigation Discovery (ID) than CNN.  I guess I’m not the only one who would rather watch SpongeBob SquarePants than anything CNN has to offer.


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I guess the proof is in the ratings..

CNN is nothing but a 24/7 democrat campaign commercial. Same with MSNBC.

With what they’ve been selling, ABC and NBC are far more dangerous than CNN. Part of CNN’s role is to make mainstream look more mainstream.

During the Clinton scandals, Bill that is, there was a saying that if Nixon had Clinton’s press he would have finished his 2nd term, and been succeeded by Spiro Agnew. Thinking back, I would be delighted to have the CNN of 20 years ago today.

Colonel Travis | August 28, 2018 at 8:54 pm

Mark Levin mentioned this tonight and it’s something I’ve thought of but no one ever looks into it. CNN’s ratings are horrific, they can’t be making money, can they? Who is shoveling cash into this failure to keep it alive?

I remember when Turner started his TV media empire and it the Headline News and CNN channels were truly revolutionary. But now? All they’re doing is propping up the (D) party.

Cable subscriptions are dropping, they’re never going to go up again. Are their ad rates making money for shows no one watches? I believe CNN actually pays airports to have their dumb channel on all the time. How are all those people staying employed?

Perhaps CNN hasn’t heard they were wrong as their sources are the outing sources? LOL

regulus arcturus | August 28, 2018 at 10:01 pm

Food Network gets better ratings. Dog TV is close behind.

Somebody needs to put CNN out of its misery.

juliathemechanic | August 28, 2018 at 11:16 pm

For anyone who finds themselves at an airport and forced to watch CNN: ask your airline desk “ Do we really have to watch the Communist News Network?” If they say they can’t change the channel (since CNN has paid contracts with many airlines) then ask if you can have the sound turned off. Airlines and airports need to know that people hate CNN and don’t want to be subjected to propaganda.

    DaveGinOly in reply to juliathemechanic. | August 29, 2018 at 12:29 am

    I agree. Air travelers should ask airport personnel to put on more relaxing fare, like the movie “Flight.”

    “Oh, Lord, we’re comin’ outta seven thousand and I see nothing but houses!”

A solution for CNN at the airport: TV-B-Gone. Works great – I don’t fly without mine.

Pro tip: get the SHP model. It has great range.

Maybe , just hoping, we can someday soon hear James Earl Jones say, “this was CNN” just prior to the lights going out.

We need to find out why’d propping them up. Soros? The DNC?

    KakarotWasTaken in reply to Sally MJ. | September 2, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    I suspect a lot of CNN’s ‘support’ comes from the rules in effect under basic cable. Apparently, if you have cable, a slice of your payment goes to every network in the basic cable package, whether you watch them or not.

CNN serves the left like the propaganda movies coming out of hollywood that no one sees: poisoning minds, one person a a time. But poisoning minds nonetheless.

Bucky Barkingham | August 29, 2018 at 7:53 am

It’s pretty clear that the bosses at CNN have the same attitude towards what they broadcast as did Ned Beatty’s character as head of UBS in the film Network.

Ah Communist/Clinton news networks race for excellence ,and they are obtaining it.

Trump Derangement Syndrome has consumed CNN, and viewers (even the left leaning ones) are growing tired of the constant Trump bashing.
I doubt if CNN will do anything to try to stop the ratings dive.

I have started watching more HGTV, DIY, and Food networks over cable news and network news. Most cable news is over the top 24/7, including Fox. I’m tiring of ABC evening news always having “breaking news as we come on the air” even when I’ve read about their breaking news earlier in the day. ABC evening news is all drama and little content.

    amatuerwrangler in reply to EdReynolds. | August 29, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    I agree… Even Fox goes into “Breaking News!” mode and then presents a story they have been covering all day long. They have all those various personalities who have their own shows and they all cover the same thing.

    I have satellite, not cable-cable, so my basic package is the lowest that includes the local broadcast outlets; I need to know about fires and severe weather, etc. I don’t get CNN, MSNBC, HGTV or History Channel. I find myself watching more old X-file, and Cold-Case shows than is probably healthy.

    When the rating systems rank the channels, is it only cable-cable or is satellite included and “cable” just a generic?