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Halfway through 2019, CNN is finding its ratings tumbling as one recent decision brings its credibility as a new source into question.

The second quarter ratings for cable shows revealed that CNN’s average daily audience was 541,000 total viewers, while Fox News averaged 1.3 million viewers, Fox News reported.

The disparity in prime time was even more dramatic, during which Fox News was king and CNN was in 15th place, averaging 761,000 viewers to Fox’s 2.4 million.

CNN’s second-quarter viewership average was 18 percent below its numbers for 2018, Forbes noted.

In the key 25-54 age bracket, CNN plummeted 38 percent.

It might get worse, said Joe Concha, who reports on the media for The Hill.

“The numbers warrant concern, yes. Q2 was a particularly news-rich quarter highlighted by the release of the Mueller report and all the aftermath and controversy following it, plus the launch of several high-profile Democratic candidacies including Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg to propel 2020 coverage into high gear,” Concha told Fox.

“It may only get worse in Q3 given the numbers we’re already seeing.”

He might already be right. During the week of July 4, CNN “averaged only 165,000 A25-54 viewers in prime time, the network’s lowest average since 2015,” according to Adweek’s TV Newser.

President Donald Trump noted CNN’s difficulties in a flaming tweet.


Fox News quoted CNN employees it did not name as saying the numbers are a cause for deep concern within the network, which has been reducing its workforce through buyouts.

“The people that are concerned — it’s certainly not the anchors who have lucrative contracts — it’s the people among the lower levels, such as producers and show bookers,” Fox quoted what it said was one unnamed CNN employee as saying.

“Losing nearly 40 percent of an already third-place audience must be a primary topic in internal meetings, with immediate remedies not readily apparent,” Concha said.

Another employee quoted by Fox voiced the hope that CNN might do something different, but a recent decision has only added to the issues facing the network.

CNN recently announced that anchor Don Lemon — who uses his show to promote his anti-Trump opinions — will be a moderator at the July Democratic presidential debate that the network is hosting.

Conservative strategist Chris Barron called that decision “a disservice to voters all across the political spectrum” because Lemon is so openly biased.

“They are more interested in the political version of a church revival than an actual debate,” Barron told Fox.

DePauw University professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall said CNN should stop pretending Lemon is an unbiased news anchor.

“He is a host of an opinion-driven show in which his opinions are front and center. Thus, he is a host rather than a news anchor,” McCall told Fox. “His show does discuss news topics, but it is not designed as an objective news show.”

Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor thinks Lemon’s selection was no accident.

“He says so many things that even liberals are embarrassed by him,” Gainor told Fox.

“But in reality, we know why he was chosen. He was picked so CNN can remind its audience of liberals that it is part of the resistance.”

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  1. Trump 2020

    July 13, 2019 at 6:09 pm


  2. Michael Bennett

    July 13, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    One can only hope !!!

  3. Dean Perry

    July 13, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    If you come in last you still make a profit…

    • Michael

      July 13, 2019 at 11:06 pm

      Aw! What’s wrong, Dean? Upset that the curtain’s being pulled back on the network you go to for all your “facts”? You gonna cry? Can’t deal with the fact that more and more people are seeing through the bullshit, lies and fake news of your number one source? Maybe you need a hug and a safe space. What a pathetic comment to try and give CNN some kind of credibility. Wake up and pull your head out of your ass, and maybe (though it’s a huge stretch in your case) you might actually see the truth too.

    • Annabel

      July 14, 2019 at 7:55 am

      Perry: I doubt anyone else posting here would have experienced that…apparently you have!

    • JAIME.

      July 14, 2019 at 3:51 pm


  4. PT

    July 13, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Hey CNN. Do a 180 and become a CONSERVATIVE real news channel…watch your ratings skyrocket and your wallet get fatter…otherwise MEH, you’re dead meat.

  5. bill

    July 13, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    I pray they CRASH

  6. Henry Fechner

    July 13, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Can’t wait. Bye Bye Bye.

    • PT

      July 13, 2019 at 8:08 pm

      Only when the owner is filthy rich and keeps sinking money in to it while using it as a tax write off. Just depends on how long the owner wants to look ridiculous because he has a losing investment.

  7. Gayle

    July 13, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Don’t know how they stay on the aria! They are nothing but FAKE NEWS! They lie, hide real news, get their subject matter from the Demon-rats, and try to ignore the terrible things the demon-rats do! Can’t imagine who believes anything they say!

  8. Kim D Lloyd

    July 13, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    I can’t wait till they go broke and shut the doors on that damn network

  9. RockyMtn1776

    July 13, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    As long as Soros’ money keeps being pouring into CNN they will continue spewing out their fake news at every airport in the world. Who else would pay the airports to broadcast this propaganda on a worldwide basis ?

    • Richard Young

      July 13, 2019 at 7:59 pm

      Even Soros’ money won’t be able to save CNN as long as they DO keep spreading Fake News.

  10. Stephen Russell

    July 13, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    CNN Reuses Chap 13:

    FNC Atlanta? FBN Atlanta
    Voc/Tech Ed Center
    Business seedbed center.
    Events center
    Indie TV & Movie production.
    FX Lab
    Multiuse Center
    All from Atlanta Hqs

  11. Sam

    July 13, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Could this be the end for CNN?


  12. Alice

    July 13, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    The only reason CNN has held on this long is because they hired to broadcast in airports, international included.

  13. Rick

    July 13, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Don’t blame anyone but yourself you don’t report the news you report your bias opinion..
    The first time Trump was meeting with North Korea your news channel have nothing but negative news.

  14. Gordon

    July 13, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    NAH ! This country is over run with politically correct liberal left wing shites. They’ll keep watching until their own socialism cuts off the power.

  15. Beanie

    July 13, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Don’t forget the $250 million lawsuit the teenager who CNN helped smear by only showing half the video of the Indian walking up to him…the boy will win that lawsuit.

  16. Kurt Heinlein

    July 13, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    The only reason CNN can continue is cuz CNN in Europe supports CNN in the US, lol, obviously, Europeans still watch & believe CNN is a legitimate news network instead of the joke we all know it is here in the US

  17. Ron Bell

    July 13, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Don Lemon just drove the wooden stake into CNN’s coverage of the debates. Who, but a full fledged California liberal, would want to listen to his crap? It won’t come close to being a debate. It’ll be a constant Trump bashing. The Dems can’t do anything except to keep bashing Trump. They don’t have an agenda that even their followers will support. CNN and Lemon are making 2020 an easy pick.

  18. Cheryl

    July 13, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Crash and burn CNN. Nobodies gonna miss ya.

  19. William Dwyer

    July 13, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    CNN is one of the so called news agencies that accuse Trump of trying to undermine the freedom of the press. If they didn’t lie so much and be so in the bag for liberals, maybe their ratings would not be falling through the floor. Don Lemon is not a journalist. He has zero credibility and yet they present him as credible. He is not. He is a far, far left wing bigot. I hope CNN goes belly up. They will still have to honor the ridiculous contracts with the phony headliners

  20. Arif

    July 14, 2019 at 1:19 am

    I will miss the Faggots Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon.. CNN is Obsessed with Trump. What about Chris Cuomo??

  21. madge

    July 14, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Crazed news network may finally bite the dust,eh? Good! they don’t have a clue how to deliver real news. Is it too boring for them? Made up news is more exciting? It’s like writing fiction stories, so that is where their “talent” is.

  22. Lisa Balla Millar

    July 14, 2019 at 5:57 am

    It serves them right to go under. No wonder the liberals are becoming a basket case and don’t know right from wrong. If they watch CNN they got to be dumb sheep or blind mice when listening to their negative news….they got to be a mental case. I use to listen to Cuba’s radio station; their propaganda was more realistic than CNN. With their bias opinions all they are doing is turnning people against them. I’m a 3rd party person so its neither here or there with me. I just hate people or things that push their opinions on me as if I was too dumb to have one of my own. Only the dumb liberals will watch CNN; they may stop if they get too depressed with all that negative news. In all matters & issues, I like things to be fare; is CNN too dumb to know what that is.

  23. Annabel

    July 14, 2019 at 7:52 am

    When they have idiots like this no wonder….
    “CNN contributor Brian Karem appeared to threaten former Trump administration official and current radio host Sebastian Gorka on Thursday after President Donald Trump held a press conference at the White House.
    Karem looked at a group of individuals, many of whom were Trump supporters, that had been selected to attend the White House’s Social Media Summit and said, “This is a group of people that are eager for demonic possession.”
    I’ve never heard of this individual and no wonder. CNN should fire him as a contributor for this rude, extremely biased remark to White House visitors.

  24. Alfred F Neuman

    July 14, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Gotta love the way Tucker Carlson says his name ‘Don Le Mon’. That’s classic Tucker… AND Don Le Mon is a classless twit.

    • JAIME.

      July 14, 2019 at 3:55 pm

      Ha, Ha, Ha …

  25. Don

    July 15, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Who still watch Clinton’s Network News? sad!

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