CNN primetime viewers fall 35%, Fox News up 9%

Thursday, May 24, 2018
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CNN logoCable’s far left-leaning CNN saw more than a third of its primetime viewership drop last week compared to the same week last year, while Fox News’ primetime audience got nearly a double-digit boost over the same period when compared to 2017.

“After years of misleading its audience with fake news, 35 percent of CNN’s primetime audience up and left when compared to this same week last year,” Breitbart News reported. “These viewers might have gone over to Fox News, where the primetime audience jumped by +9 percent.”

CNN the big loser

The liberal Cable news network lost another viewership battle with its conservative rival in another key analytic category, as well.

“In total day, the news is only a little better for the far-left CNN, which lost -20 percent of its audience,” Breitbart News’ John Nolte divulged. “Meanwhile, Fox News saw its total day audience jump by +1 percent.”

Things are not looking up for another overtly left-leaning Cable news channel, MSNBC, which is also experiencing declining numbers compared to last year, meaning that it is also losing its ratings war with the growing Fox News.

“MSNBC was down from the comparable week last year, -8 percent in primetime viewers, and -3 percent in total day viewers,” informed from the Nielsen Ratings.

But CNN faired much worse, coming in a dismal 10th place among its basic Cable primetime competition and 5th place when it comes to total day viewers, with under 800,000.

Out-foxing the competition

Fox News is not just beating out its liberal news rivals in the ratings game, but other major Cable competitors as well, from sports networks to entertainment channels.

“Fox News continues its streak as cable TV’s most-watched channel, marking its 19th consecutive weekly win among total day viewers during the week of May 14,”’s A.J. Katz announced. “Per Nielsen – in the 24-hour time period – FNC averaged 1.5 million in total viewers and 287,000 in the 25-54 demographic. In primetime, FNC posted nearly 2.4 million total viewers and 460,000 25-54 demo viewers, finishing runner up to TNT, which continues to thrive with its coverage of the 2018 NBA Western Conference Finals.”

The conservative news giants’ success is much more than a fleeting trend, and older conservatives are not the only viewers the right-leaning news network is attracting – in greater numbers than both of its mainstream media rivals.

“Fox News was the sole member of the ‘big three’ to post year-over-year audience growth in primetime viewers,” Katz pointed out. “FNC also beat MSNBC and CNN among adults 25–54 – both in prime and across total day.”

In fact, Fox’s most popular programs are blowing away the competition on a regular basis.

“FNC also made up 13 of the 30 most-watched cable telecasts with presentations of Hannity, The Ingraham Angle, Special Report with Bret Baier, Tucker Carlson Tonight and Fox News’s special coverage of The Royal Wedding,” Katz noted. “Additionally, for the week of May 14th, Hannity was the No. 1 cable news program in both total viewers and the A25–54 demo, marking 9 consecutive weeks as the most-watched cable news show, and 5 weeks as No. 1 in the A25–54 demo. The Ingraham Angle also defeated MSNBC’s Last Word for the 6th consecutive week among total viewers.”

And here’s a look at basic Cable’s top 5 in total viewers during primetime during the week of May 14, with Fox News only being edged out by basketball fans gravitating to Ted Turner’s network heading into the NBA Finals … and with CNN nowhere to be found: 1. TNT (2,644,000); 2. Fox News (2,398,000); 3. ESPN (2,333,000); 4. MSNBC (1,710,000) and; 5. USA (1,376,000),  according to Basic Cable Ranker.

With total day viewers, Fox News is outdistancing the runner-up among its top 5 competition by more than half a million: 1. FNC (1,452,000); 2. MSNBC (972,000); 3. TNT (899,000); 4. Nickelodeon (875,000); 5. CNN (791,000).

Not cut out for news?

Playing into President Donald Trump’s narrative dubbing his arch-enemy CNN as “fake news,” only fit for the tabloids, the anti-Trump network appears to be more popular with viewers interested in lifestyles of the rich and famous – rather than in news.

“Of note is the fact that the only good day CNN had was Saturday – the day of the royal wedding – when the anti-Trump channel topped both Fox and MSNBC in total viewers,” Nolte pointed out. “So, when it comes to covering fluff and pageantry, CNN scores, but when it comes to actual news, people who wish to be informed are fleeing in droves.”

As opposed to Fox News’ numerous programs rated as number one among its competitors, CNN’s major news shows are now struggling to stay afloat and maintain their audiences.

“May has so far been a catastrophic month for the Stormy Daniels Network, especially for Jake Tapper,  who has lost nearly a third of his own audience,” Nolte asserted.

More unreliable news …

More fake news was chalked up for CNN, once again, when CNN Editor-at-Large Chris Cillizza claimed in a “fact check” that Trump tweeted a lie when he announced that there are “13 Angry and Heavily Conflicted Democrats” on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team of lawyers.

Cilizza called Trump’s tweets a series of “untruths” and “exaggerations” on Sunday

“Trump’s claim that there are 13 Democrats on Mueller’s team is also false,” he asserted, according to

The controversy over the handling of the probe started some time back, with the media and Republicans making a number of contentions.

“Since the early days of the Russia probe, conservatives have questioned whether members of the investigation were politically conflicted,”’s David Sivak noted. “The Wall Street Journal reported in December that one of the lawyers, Andrew Weissmann, attended the election night party for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Revelations that FBI agent Peter Strozk, a former member of the team, exchanged anti-Trump text messages with another FBI employee fueled further speculation. Republicans like Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy began to say that many of Mueller’s hires were Democratic donors, leading fact checking websites to evaluate the claim.”

More evidence stacked up against Mueller, according to a number of sources.

“Politifact found that while Mueller himself is a registered Republican, nine of the publicly known lawyers had donated to Democratic candidates, according to filings with the Federal Elections Commission,” Sivak added. “In February, TheDCNF found two additional Democratic donors by searching through campaign finance records at the state level – all told, we found nearly $74,000 in contributions to Democratic candidates and $2,750 to Republican candidates. As part of this analysis, TheDCNF also identified the voter registration status of all 16 publicly known lawyers – the first time the full composition of the team had been reported, [and] 13 were registered Democrats, three were registered as independents and zero were registered Republicans.”

Trump just stated what was taken as accepted facts by most Americans.

“Trump began tweeting about ‘13 hardened Democrats’ weeks later, prompting The Washington Post, The New York Times and others to fact check the claim,” Sivak stressed. “Cillizza relies on these outlets to dispute Trump, but he cherry picks sentences from their articles that imply there are fewer than 13 Democrats on the Russia probe. He cites WaPo, for example, writing, ‘According to The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, five of the 16 known members of Mueller’s team donated to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.’”

It was later discovered that Cillizza was the one who did not have his facts straight.

“But this finding only deals with a small subset of the lawyers – those who donated specifically to Clinton,” Sivak explained. “More importantly, Cillizza overlooks a key sentence in the WaPo article that supports Trump’s claim: The Daily Caller said voter registration records indicate that 13 of the attorneys are Democrats and three have no party affiliation.’”

Misinterpreting the data appears to be a trend with the problematic CNN reporter, who made the same oversight while reviewing a fact check from New York’s left-leaning daily.

“The New York Times says that nine of the 17 known lawyers on Mueller’s team have donated to Democratic campaigns in the past,” Cillizza wrote, according to

He apparently overlooked some crucial information before giving his own interpretation of the facts.

“But the NYT goes on to say that an additional four lawyers are either registered Democrats or have identified as one online – for a total of 13 Democrats,” Sivak pointed out. “But the basic claim that Mueller brought on 13 registered Democrats is not only true – Trump actually understates the number. Since TheDCNF first reported the registration status of the lawyers, another attorney has been added: Uzo Asonye, a registered Democrat who donated to Hillary Clinton’s presidential election campaign.”

Consistent inaccurate reporting like this could be contributing to CNN’s ongoing ratings nightmare.


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