CNN is tasting the fruits of its anti-Trump labors as the latest reports on ratings show the network seems to be on life support during its prime time hours.
April numbers proved disastrous for CNN as it faced its lowest-rated month among total viewers in nearly four years, and a drop of 26 percent in its prime time lineup, according to Forbes.
It seems the bubble-bursting report from special counsel Robert Mueller ending the collusion delusion hit the Trump-designated “fake news” network pretty hard as CNN’s total audience in prime time came in way under a million viewers, with only 767,000 – a drop of nearly 40 percent from its peak in 2016. In comparison, Fox News Channel left the competition in the dust with a total audience of 2.395 million in prime time.
CNN drew only 198,000 viewers among 25-54 year olds, behind MSNBC with 255,000 and Fox News which pulled in 389,000 in the demographic. And in the network’s highest-rated hour in prime time, “Cuomo Primetime” saw its worst performance in April, drawing in only 917,000 viewers and finishing in 26th place.
Even CNN’s five hour back-to-back town halls with Democrat presidential contenders last month failed to make a dent as Fox News crushed the time period with 2.3 million viewers – running its regular prime time programming.
Dems wanted to ditch Fox News. Turns out the joke’s on them. Over and over. https://t.co/6hM53wT53N
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 24, 2019
The harsh reality check for CNN was brutal enough but putting the numbers in context is even more telling, as Newsbusters’ Rich Noyes reported Friday.
As it turns out, CNN’s viewers are even fewer than the number of prostitutes in the U.S. which, he noted, is approximately one million according to Wikipedia. By that calculation, there are 240,000 more people professionally employed as “sex workers” than there are CNN viewers.
Noyes also pointed out that the numbers put CNN in 15th place across all cable channels, ranking behind HGTV in 4th place, the Hallmark Channel in 9th and the Food Network in 14th place.
The number of fewer viewers on CNN in the past year is “more than the populations of Richmond, Virginia (227,032), Baton Rouge, Louisiana (225,374) or Des Moines, Iowa (217,521),” Noyes continued while noting that the “remaining 767,000 viewers could all comfortably fit in Jefferson County, Kentucky (current population 771,158).”
One would be more likely to know a real estate agent, with 1.3 million in the U.S., or viewers of the 2018 Little League Baseball World Series – averaging 1.02 million per game – and even Walmart employees, currently at 1.5 million, than to know a CNN viewer, according to Noyes.
“One survey suggests there could be twice as many witches and pagans in the United States (1 to 1.5 million) than there are CNN viewers,” he reported.
A survey from the American Veterinary Medical Association revealed that 1,020,000 households keep chickens and other poultry birds as pets – again, beating out the number of CNN viewers.
Twitter users weighed in on the numbers game.
CNN isn’t doing very well lately…
— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) May 4, 2019
— Legalize Shemp (@Legalize_Shemp) May 4, 2019
— Chris Woodward (@afncwoodward) May 3, 2019
This headline!! pic.twitter.com/lz4doSZHA8
— Angela Morabito (@AngelaLMorabito) May 4, 2019
Ha! Good to hear prostitutes are doing better than @CNN!
— NightWolve (@NightWolve1975) May 4, 2019
— Tony Pulicella (@TonyPulicella) May 3, 2019