CNN’s race to the bottom

CNN Races For The Ratings Bottom, Sees Much Success

Posted by Fuzzy Slippers    Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 7:00pm

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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