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Nielsen Ratings Don't Look Good for CNN; Here's How Much They've Dropped

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CNN has had a rough couple of years. I mean, it can’t be easy for them to maintain credibility when the President of the United States regularly exposes their blatant biases. It also can’t be terribly helpful that they seem entirely convinced their blatant bias isn’t so blatant.

The lack of self-awareness with which CNN has continued to push out their preferred narrative has been mind-blowing, and yet they still plug away at it, despite not only a well-established lack of public trust in the network, but a continuously dwindling audience as well.

Nielsen Media Research reports are demonstrating that as Fox News continues to dominate the cable news wars, CNN is falling far behind, experiencing a major collapse in May.

In ratings data released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research, FNC extended its run of consecutive months at number one to a staggering 197, while building hitting another impressive milestone: Fox News Channel has now beaten every other network in basic cable for 23 months straight, based on total day ratings, with an average total day audience in May of 1.4 million viewers.

In prime time, Fox News destroyed its competition, with an average total audience of 2.381 million viewers, compared to MSNBC’s 1.384 million and CNN’s 835,000. Among viewers 25-54, the group most coveted by advertisers, FNC shook off a challenge in recent months from MSNBC to claim a clear victory: 461,000 viewers, well ahead of MSNBC (329,000) and CNN (265,000).

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“Of all the cable news networks, CNN experienced the biggest decline in primetime viewership, down a full 25 percent in May,” Breitbart notes, explaining that the difference between viewership between the major cable news networks is stunning:

Fox News’ Sean Hannity averaged 3.261 million viewers per evening, while Rachel Maddow of MSNBC took a distant second with 2.627 million.

As reported by Breitbart News’ Editor-at-Large John Nolte, CNN’s highest-rated program, Anderson Cooper 360,  attracted fewer viewers than all Fox News programs after 6:00 am EST for the month of April.

CNN’s second-highest-rated program, Erin Burnett OutFront, had only 965,00 total viewers, putting the show in 27th place.

There was no apparent distinction between viewers watching at home and viewers who are stuck watching CNN at the airport or the gym.

Every day, CNN’s slogan “the most trusted name in news” becomes more and more pathetically ironic. Their biased coverage of the 2016 election and the contrast between the way they covered the Obama administration and the way they’re covering the Trump administration is too stark to ignore.

Americans don’t have as short of a memory as CNN producers would like to believe, it seems.


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