It’s official: CNN’s ratings are now in PANIC territory.
One of our many labors of love here at The Daily Wire has been the faithful chronicling of the self-inflicted collapse of CNN. In perhaps its worst month in a string of very bad months, over the last few weeks CNN managed to light what’s left of its credibility on fire over Russiagate by retracting yet another story based on a single, anonymous source; force three of its formerly respected journalists to resign to cover its chronic failures; hyperventilate over having cameras at the White House press briefing; humiliate itself with a have-to-read-it-to-believe-it story on Obama’s jeans; and hysterically and hypocritically accuse Trump of supposedly “promoting violence” despite a year of blowing the assassination dog whistle and having employed the likes of Kathy Griffin and Reza Aslan.
Though CNN is prone to lying, the numbers never do. So how is CNN faring in the ratings? The following numbers for Tuesday, June 27 from TV Newser paint a very grim picture of CNN’s rapidly shrinking viewership:
That’s right, CNN was unable to hit 900,000 viewers in any of its primetime timeslots on Tuesday. The closest it got was 886,000 during the 7 p.m. hour, and it spent nearly half the evening under 800,000.
The comparisons between CNN’s viewership and that of Fox News and MSNBC are truly eye-opening. Fox News tripled CNN’s viewership in nearly all of the primetime slots. Fellow left-wing network MSNBC dominated CNN in all primetime hours as well, doubling its viewership by average for most of the evening.
And these numbers are not outliers; CNN has been increasingly coming in last to Fox and MSNBC and often struggles to reach the million-viewer mark during its primetime programming. As Daily Wire‘s John Nolte puts it, the network is in a full-blown ratings “death spiral” prompted by its credibility crisis:
Over the entire second quarter of 2017, looking at total viewers, only one CNN program placed in the top 20 of all cable news shows, and that was Anderson Cooper’s 360, which landed with a thud at number 20. For perspective, a repeat of Tucker Carlson’s Fox New hour attracted more viewers than any show on CNN.
Furthermore, throughout this same quarter, CNN lost to MSNBC in total and primetime demo viewers. This is the first time since 2014 that CNN has lost that demo crown to its leftwing rival. In total viewers last quarter, among all cable news channels, Fox News placed first, MSNBC third, and CNN is all alone in tenth place, just barely ahead of Investigative Discovery, a second-tier offshoot of the Discovery Network.
Below are the numbers via TV Newser for the overall viewership of Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and HLN for Monday through Thursday, followed by the numbers for the key demo: