The self-proclaimed “most trusted name in news” aka CNN is now struggling with the smallest weekly audience since 2015, according to Nielsen Media Research data.
The network had its smallest weekly audience from back in the Obama administration with just 393,000 total viewers on June 14th. This is especially embarrassing as the network was recently purchased by Warner Bros Discovery earlier this year for a $43 billion merger.
The least-viewed non-Thanksgiving weekday recorded just 489,000 views for CNN’s daytime lineup during the hours of 9 a.m. through 5 p.m.
Award-winning journalist and broadcaster Ted Koppel predicted back in 2018, “CNN’s ratings would be in the toilet without Trump.” during this prediction, host Brian Stelter disagreed and assured the live audience that this is never going to happen.
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This embarrassing decline in viewership is not just limited to daytime shows. The network’s “most popular” nighttime show, which is ironically called Reliable Sources, hosted by none other than Brian Stelter had its lowest-rated episode since September 2019 on Sunday when only 580,000 viewers tuned into the struggling program.
So the already low-rated show, had one of its worst performances last week. Embarrassment at its finest.
This gets more embarrassing when comparing this performance to CNN’s main competitor, Fox News which averaged 1.6 million total viewers on Tuesday when CNN managed only 393,000.
By contrast, independent creators online are able to get equivalent or double this viewership with a much lower production budget than broadcast networks. Conservative commentator and independent media analyst Mark Dice has over 200,000 average views on his weekly videos uploaded on YouTube, despite YouTube and Google’s constant attempts to shadowban Mark Dice’s channel and videos, his show gets equivalent and at times more views than CNN. According to Dice, all his videos are produced in his kitchen on a laptop.
According to reports from Axios, recently appointed CNN Chairman and CEO Chris Licht is concerned with this rock-bottom viewership and is expected to replace hyper-biased personalities like Brian Stelter and Jim Accosta.
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Not to mention, the network’s recently announced “revolutionary streaming service”, CNN+ had an investment worth at least $300 Million was shut down just 21 days after its launch as it struggled to get more than 10,000 people to signup.
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