CNN Hits 3-Year Low in Primetime Ratings

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By NTD Newsroom
December 7, 2019US News
CNN Hits 3-Year Low in Primetime Ratings
A CNN logo ahead of a debate in Las Vegas on Oct. 13, 2015. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

CNN posted its lowest primetime ratings in three years over the Thanksgiving holiday week, while Fox pulled more than CNN and MSNBC combined, according to Nielsen Media Research, the Daily Caller reported.

For the most coveted 25-43 demographic, CNN pulled in 138,000 viewers, while Fox pulled 303,000.

In total, CNN managed to attract an average of 643,000 primetime viewers daily, while MSNBC did somewhat better with 1.3 million viewers, with 187,000 of the 25-54 demographic watching. Both networks were outdone by Fox that garnered nearly 2.2 million viewers, more than the two competitors combined.

Fox also ruled for the 47th consecutive week in total day ratings, averaging 1.3 million, as well as in the 24-54 demographic for the 17th successive week, reaching 222,000 people on average.

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A woman walks by Fox headquarters in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The media meltdown that set in after Robert Mueller’s “no collusion” conclusion reached new lows last June, and CNN’s ratings compared to that same week last year were disastrous.

Compared to the same week in 2018, CNN’s primetime ratings dropped 33 percent in all categories.

CNN Complaints

CNN staff members have complained about the company’s management, as revealed in leaked footage released in October.

“CNN was nothing like this” 13 years ago when Mike Brevna, CNN floor manager, came aboard, he was recorded as saying.

CNN used to be “really just straight news,” said Asia Jacobs, a technical operations supervisor at CNN’s “The Axe Files.”

“There wasn’t as much opinion and panel [discussions] and the same people.”

Other staff members also reminisced about the “old days.”

“We used to cover news. We used to go out and do stories,” Scott Garber, senior field engineer at CNN, was recorded as saying.

He gave an example of the May 18 small plane crash in Honduras, in which four Americans had died.

In the past, CNN “would’ve sent a crew down there,” he said. Now, “Trump is more important.”

Epoch Times reporter Petr Svab contributed to this report.

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