CNN’s ratings continue to drop as their total day viewership is down 70% with the exit of former President Donald Trump.
However, now CNN anchors and reporters are now salivating over the latest news that a grand jury has been impaneled in New York to potentially indict the former President on criminal charges. Fresh red meat.
Nielsen Media Research reports CNN’s primetime viewers at the beginning of the year was roughly around 798,000 people and 530,000 total day viewers. Now the network registers less than 229,000 primetime viewers with 152,000 total day viewers.
FOX News Channel was the most-watched cable news network in both total day and primetime viewers for the 14th straight week as scandal-plagued CNN struggles to remain relevant.
FOX News averaged 2.1 million primetime viewers to dominate all of basic cable during the hours of 8-11 p.m. for the week of May 17-23, as MSNBC finished second with an average of 1.5 million.
ESPN, TNT and HGTV rounded out the top five, as CNN settled for seventh with an average of only 829,000. CNN’s struggling primetime lineup has now finished behind both FOX News and MSNBC for 17 straight weeks.
“Tucker Carlson Tonight” led the way, finishing as the most-watched cable news program.
Apparently, without the daily Trump trouncing, CNN is a hot mess.
After CNN’s January 6th, Inauguration, and COVID-19 coverage, it’s possible that Americans realize that the network just isn’t a true news source.
Because Trump kept everybody engaged due to his impromptu train-of-thought Tweets and press availabilities everybody, Americans had to tune in to see what crazy thing he did from one moment to the next.
And getting CNN’s negative, biased spin on Trump’s latest activities was entertaining, especially from his arch-nemesis Jim Acosta.
By contrast, according to Neilson, FOX ratings are significantly higher than CNN’s but are still lower than during the height of Trump’s presidency. FOX’s viewership took a major hit after the conservative-leaning network shot itself in the foot with its election coverage about “The Big Lie.”
Now there is more competition for national cable news as more news outlets are entering the arena like Newsmax to Nextstar’s new partnership with NewsNation which is a good thing for American viewers who enjoy more of a choice.