The moderate network averaged only 484,000 of the total day’s viewers.
The network once known as “the most trusted name in the news” is fast becoming the most deserted.
CNN’s struggle to maintain relevance has never been more evident after the departure of President Donald Trump. The news channel is suffering from an unprecedented drought in viewership, going through an average of one million viewers in the first two weeks of October without a show, an astonishing 21-day streak that began in September.
CNN spent almost 80% of September under 1 million viewers
According to Nielsen data, CNN’s total viewership average has fallen to 484,000, third to Granthshala News’ 1.4 million and MSNBC’s 685,000 from October 15 to October 15. CNN’s weekday primetime average reached just 729,000, while Granthshala News topped with 2.6 million versus MSNBC’s 1.5 million.
The last time CNN had at least one program with an average of 1 million viewers was September 24.
“AC:360” anchor Anderson Cooper, who had the most-watched CNN program averaging 916,000 viewers in September, has been on its knees so far this month, falling 17% to an average of 759,000 viewers. Granthshala News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” averaged 3 million viewers, quadrupling CNN’s viewership. MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes” averaged 1.3 million over the same time period.
“Cuomo Prime Time” anchor Chris Cuomo grabbed Cooper’s leading position last month with an average of 818,000 viewers, a 6% drop from September. Granthshala News’ “Hannity” continues to outshine Cuomo, averaging 2.76 million viewers, while MSNBC’s “The Rachel Meadow Show” has averaged 2.17 million viewers so far this month.
CNN spent less than 1 million viewers in the summer, even worse during primetime
Don Lemon is losing out on the 10 p.m. ET primetime slot, averaging only 619,000 viewers in two weeks in October, a 15% drop from his 724,000 average last month. Meanwhile, Granthshala News’ “The Ingraham Angle” averaged 2.2 million viewers in the first two weeks of October, more than triple Lemon’s viewership, while MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” averaged 1.3. Reached million viewers.
As bad as CNN’s primetime lineup is doing, the network’s daytime programming is bleeding viewers too.
“The Lead” anchor Jake Tapper has failed to reach 700,000 viewers so far this month, averaging only 671,000 after an earlier average of 737,000 in September.
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CNN’s leftist media guru Brian Stelter There was a major drop below the 700,000 threshold, reaching an average of only 665,000 between the first two October installments of their Sunday program “Trusted Source”.
Stelter has crossed 1 million viewers only twice since March, one of them breaking news coverage of billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space flight in July, the other in August amid the Biden administration’s chaotic military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The network’s flagship morning show “New Day” continues to hit new lows averaging a devastating 386,000 viewers after losing 10% of its viewers since last month. The John Berman-Brian Keeler duo remains as some of CNN’s least-watched talents of all of the network’s weekday programming.
Even William Shatner’s adventures in space couldn’t give CNN the boost it needed, topping just 986,000 viewers during the 11 a.m. ET timeslot when the Blue Origin crew launched and returned to Earth.
CNN viewership is declining as the network continues to grapple with scandals and controversies. Crisis anchor Chris Cuomo was accused of sexual assault by veteran TV producer Shelley Ross last month after the primetime star ousted Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2021 after being embroiled in scandals over his brother.
Last week, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta was forced by podcast superstar Joe Rogan to admit that his colleagues considered taking a “horse dewormer” as a COVID treatment. should not be characterized by the use of ivermectin.