The Daily Beast’s Confider newsletter has an interesting update on CNN’s ratings along with a sidelong glance at FOX News (links omitted):
CNN RATINGS IN CONTEXT: While CNN isn’t alone in watching its ratings plummet over the past month—Fox News has seen a massive erosion after firing Tucker Carlson—the network has continued to see viewers flee since the Trump town hall debacle. Outside a one-night viewership bump from hosting Trump, the channel’s May ratings were, shall we say, moribund. CNN averaged less than a half-million primetime total viewers for the month, placing it in 14th place among all basic cable. In the key advertising demographic of viewers aged 25-54, CNN struggled even further, averaging an audience of just 113,000 in primetime to finish 20th in basic cable. The network’s top-rated program was Anderson Cooper 360, which averaged just 646,000 viewers overall—27th place among all cable-news shows. (The program was also beaten several times by Newsmax, adding to the channel’s embarrassment.) Besides seeing double-digit decreases in total day and primetime viewership from April, the network was also way down in year-to-year comparisons. In primetime, for instance, the network saw a decrease of 25 percent in both total viewership and the key demo compared to May 2022.
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