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CNN Reaching Full Panic Mode as Ratings Collapse, Credibility Questioned



Halfway through 2019, CNN is finding its ratings tumbling as one recent decision brings its credibility as a new source into question.

The second quarter ratings for cable shows revealed that CNN’s average daily audience was 541,000 total viewers, while Fox News averaged 1.3 million viewers, Fox News reported.

The disparity in prime time was even more dramatic, during which Fox News was king and CNN was in 15th place, averaging 761,000 viewers to Fox’s 2.4 million.

CNN’s second-quarter viewership average was 18 percent below its numbers for 2018, Forbes noted.

In the key 25-54 age bracket, CNN plummeted 38 percent.

It might get worse, said Joe Concha, who reports on the media for The Hill.

“The numbers warrant concern, yes. Q2 was a particularly news-rich quarter highlighted by the release of the Mueller report and all the aftermath and controversy following it, plus the launch of several high-profile Democratic candidacies including Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg to propel 2020 coverage into high gear,” Concha told Fox.

“It may only get worse in Q3 given the numbers we’re already seeing.”

He might already be right. During the week of July 4, CNN “averaged only 165,000 A25-54 viewers in prime time, the network’s lowest average since 2015,” according to Adweek’s TV Newser.

President Donald Trump noted CNN’s difficulties in a flaming tweet.


Fox News quoted CNN employees it did not name as saying the numbers are a cause for deep concern within the network, which has been reducing its workforce through buyouts.

“The people that are concerned — it’s certainly not the anchors who have lucrative contracts — it’s the people among the lower levels, such as producers and show bookers,” Fox quoted what it said was one unnamed CNN employee as saying.

“Losing nearly 40 percent of an already third-place audience must be a primary topic in internal meetings, with immediate remedies not readily apparent,” Concha said.

Another employee quoted by Fox voiced the hope that CNN might do something different, but a recent decision has only added to the issues facing the network.

CNN recently announced that anchor Don Lemon — who uses his show to promote his anti-Trump opinions — will be a moderator at the July Democratic presidential debate that the network is hosting.

Conservative strategist Chris Barron called that decision “a disservice to voters all across the political spectrum” because Lemon is so openly biased.

“They are more interested in the political version of a church revival than an actual debate,” Barron told Fox.

DePauw University professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall said CNN should stop pretending Lemon is an unbiased news anchor.

“He is a host of an opinion-driven show in which his opinions are front and center. Thus, he is a host rather than a news anchor,” McCall told Fox. “His show does discuss news topics, but it is not designed as an objective news show.”

Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor thinks Lemon’s selection was no accident.

“He says so many things that even liberals are embarrassed by him,” Gainor told Fox.

“But in reality, we know why he was chosen. He was picked so CNN can remind its audience of liberals that it is part of the resistance.”

A version of this story appears on the Western Journal website.

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  1. SweetLadyMary

    July 15, 2019 at 2:11 am

    No one is watching because all they put out is fake news!

    • E G MUSK

      July 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm

      I don’t believe CNN has more than 200 000 viewers.The polls are wrong as usual.

  2. CharlieSeattle

    July 15, 2019 at 2:15 am

    Why does everyone still misspell, ☭NN

  3. Chainlink700rt

    July 15, 2019 at 3:27 am

    I understand liberals, and the anti-trump movement, but how about
    cnn getting a grip on reality, and save some jobs….
    Barking against the President Of The United States isn’t very good business.
    Sooner or later they will move into a friends garage or something.
    Or better than that, they will announce bankruptcy.

  4. Gayle

    July 15, 2019 at 4:07 am

    Don’t know how they have not gone bankrupt already! Maybe the Demon-rats are giving them money to report their FAKE NEWS! In other words LIES!!!!

    • Suzanne

      July 15, 2019 at 1:50 pm

      There are those who need to get out the lies CNN spouts every day. They don’t care about losing money.

  5. Stephen Russell

    July 15, 2019 at 4:08 am

    Chap 13 CNN shut it down, reuse for local area needs

  6. Dolanfossil

    July 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Never did like the Clinton News Network.

  7. Ralph

    July 15, 2019 at 5:16 am

    When you convert the network presidents used to get their morning briefings from to a blatant schill and tin horn propagandist for one side of the socio-political dialogue even those who may agree with your blather neither respect nor engage with you. CNN is no longer a legitimate news org..

  8. Evangeline

    July 15, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Not only do they make up news and twist the truth like they just did with their tour of the border holding centers, but their reporters are beyond rude and very belligerent. No manners whatsoever. They do it for attention but it back fired. No one wants to see that.

  9. JerryDV

    July 15, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Their bias is so blatant anti-Trump that it skews everything to the far-left and they are failing to even notice it or accept it.
    I worked for a film company. Back in the mid-nineties we began discussing the future of film in the digital era. The executives all said “There will always be film!” As a result, no action was taken for new digital equipment that didn’t have a film component. Twenty years later the film business in disarray, it was sold off. The “there will always be film” attitude destroyed a once number in Europe and number two worldwide in the film business. CNN will probably disappear too and not too soon for a lot of people.

  10. SJ

    July 15, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    “With immediate remedies not readily apparent,” and “Another employee quoted by Fox voiced the hope that CNN might do something different” LOL!!! What, like actually report the truth and stick to facts? FAT CHANCE!!!!

  11. Bj

    July 15, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Good…..let them resist their way right out of a network then Lemon can join Cortez working out of the back room of the bar. Then again she’ll have that cool million she embezzled from her campaign that they can’t seem to find. She’s going to make sure she never has to go back to working the guys in the bar for money

  12. RL

    July 16, 2019 at 2:12 am

    “…He was picked so CNN can remind its audience of liberals that it is part of the resistance.” WTH?!!! Am I the only one who believes Trump, and his supporters, are the real resistance, and these fools are fighting for the corrupt establishment? Most likely to save their own corrupt rear ends!

  13. joe

    July 16, 2019 at 4:44 am

    I’ve read that they are already being bailed out by donors. I wouldn’t be surprised if every woketard billionaire is chipping in.

  14. Madeleine

    July 16, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Start reporting actual news, not Democratic propaganda and please CNN, stop showing the anti Country, anti God, anti Christian/Judeo, anti Israel women rookies who are nothing but trouble and subversive!


    July 17, 2019 at 6:59 am

    Tumble to is masterly contribution equivalent notwithstanding victory.

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