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May 30, 2018

Trump Is Right: CNN's Ratings Are Terrible

Sad.



Donald Trump is certainly right about one thing: CNN is failing. Its primetime lineup gets walloped by Fox News and MSNBC on a nightly basis. Several times in the past few weeks, Anderson Cooper's 8pm show has lost to his time slot rival Tucker Carlson's re-run at midnight on Fox, according to figures reviewed by Cockburn.

Thursday provides a good example of the cable news primetime hierarchy. At 8pm, 1.8 million people watched MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, 2.6 million people watched Fox News' Tucker Carlson and just 898,000 watched CNN’s Cooper. (At midnight, 1.1 million watched Carlson’s re-run.)

At 9pm, 2.8 million people watched MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, 3.6 million people watched Fox News' Sean Hannity, and 867,000 watched the second hour of Cooper's show.

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[It seems] America is turned off by CNN's panels of pundits yelling at each other about an aggrieved porn star.

I'm sure Jake Tapper's numbers are great, though. In fact, his ratings are so great that CNN is reducing the amount of advertising they sell on his out-of-control ratings juggernaut of a #FakeNews cast.

CNN aficionados will this year get to see a lot more of Jake Tapper, and fewer of the commercials that normally interrupt him.

The Time Warner-owned cable-news network intends to cut back the number of commercial breaks and ads that run in the anchor’s two regular programs, "The Lead with Jake Tapper" on weekdays and "State of the Union" on Sundays, part of a growing effort by many media companies to explore new ways to weave advertising with content and still make money off the relationship.

I believe that. If there's one thing we know about soulless corporations, it's that they hate money and scheme up new ways to make less of it.

Oh, and Morgan Freeman's saying that CNN is #FakeNews, and he has a point.


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