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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.”

  • Lisa Balla Millar says:

    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.

  • Annabel says:

    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.

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

  • Don says:

    Who still watch Clinton’s Network News? sad!

  • Don says:

    Won’t shed a tear when they’re gone with their leftist propaganda. I have to laugh at the CNN clowns who think the majority of the country is as mentally slow as they are…..and it’s affecting Fox news as well as the rest of the clownish lefty media.

  • CF