Garbage in, garbage out: CNN’s ratings continue to TANK as anti-Trump hysteria reaches fever pitch after Mueller report

By Jon Dougherty

Try as it may, CNN just can’t seem to connect with viewers, as evidenced by the latest Nielsen ratings which show the network hemorrhaging viewers like Michael Moore blows through cheeseburgers.

And without question, the inability of network hosts, anchors, editors, and writers to overcome their “Trump Derangement Syndrome” has played a huge role in CNN’s continued decline.

From April 8-12, the network only averaged an audience of 690,000 people — and just 180,000 in the key 25-54 age demographic.

Coverage last week included three presidential town halls with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.

All were ratings disasters. Gillibrand’s town hall only pulled 507,000 viewers, but the other two didn’t fare much better: Inslee pulled 549,000 viewers and Castro just 654,000.

By comparison, last week MSNBC’s prime time lineup averaged 1.6 million viewers with 249,000 in the key demographic.

Fox News, meanwhile, managed to beat CNN and MSNBC together with a total viewership of 2,438,000 and 394,000 in the key demo.

As reported by The Daily CallerCNN couldn’t even beat out the Food Network:

The top networks for primetime viewership last week were led by Fox News, followed by MSNBC, the Home and Garden TV, USA Network and TBS Network to round out the top five.

CNN finished 15th, behind networks like Discovery Channel, Food Network, TLC and A&E Network. Their ratings have continued to drop following the conclusion of the Mueller report. It appears like they might have a difficult time bouncing back after investing two years of heavy coverage on the investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with the Kremlin.

But then, when you live by the lie and push fake news day in and day out, what should you expect? Take MSNBC‘s Rachel Maddow, for instance.

For months leading up to the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report last month she kept primer her viewers with the pledge that soon, very soon, Mueller will reveal all of the ‘crimes’ committed by POTUS Donald Trump. And then…then, just wait for “The Impeachment Show!”

But of course Mueller’s entire ‘investigation’ wasn’t an investigation at all, but a witch hunt — as POTUS repeatedly said it was — to find something, anything, that could justify charging the president and overturning the results of the 2016 election.

After Mueller turned in his garbage report and ‘officially’ declared that POTUS had not ‘colluded’ with Mother Russia to ‘steal the election’ from Hillary Clinton and that there was no evidence to bring “obstruction” charges, Maddow’s ratings tanked as well, with hundreds of thousands of disillusioned viewers turning her off and tuning out.

We reported:

There is an axiom in the news business that says if you lie to your core audience, that core audience will abandon you once the truth is revealed — and the truth is always revealed.

It’s an axiom that MSNBC should have heeded.

For most of a year, the network’s ratings have been steadily improving with one of its hosts, Rachel Maddow, garnering double-digit increases to become MSNBC‘s prime-time behemoth, surpassing, on some nights, Fox News rival Sean Hannity.

And for that same period, Maddow and the rest of the network’s ‘talent’ line-up pushed the Russian collusion hoax to viewers. Night after night, they told their audiences that, any day now, that fine, upstanding, paragon of virtue, Robert Mueller, was going to deliver the goods on POTUS Donald Trump, which would lead invariably to impeachment and, for good measure, post-White House financial ruin and even jail time.

But then the bottom fell out of the narrative on Friday when the special counsel delivered his mandated report to the Justice Department declaring that, after months and months of searching, no evidence of “collusion” with Russia to “steal the election from Hillary Clinton” could be found.

As The Daily Beast added:

Maddow, who has consistently vied for the first or second top-rated cable news program, was sixth on Monday evening, down almost 500,000 total viewers from the previous Monday, as was MSNBC’s second top-rated program in primetime, The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell.

Within MSNBC, there’s an acknowledgment that the Trump-Russia narrative on which the cable network—and especially its primetime star Maddow—built monster ratings has fizzled for the moment.

Live by the lie in the news biz, and you’ll die by it.

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11 Comments on "Garbage in, garbage out: CNN’s ratings continue to TANK as anti-Trump hysteria reaches fever pitch after Mueller report"

  1. I’m pretty sure CNN doesn’t care about its ratings. TDS is more important.

  2. Ratings? We don’t need no stinkin ratings. We gonna get Trump.

  3. Dosen’t matter what the ratings are, CNN won’t change until Soros runs out of money……..

  4. CNN is the devil’s network and Rachel Maddow is a worker of iniquity.

  5. Why does AT&T, the owner of CNN, not discharge Zucker and his crowd?

  6. TexanForever Thompson | April 21, 2021 at 8:48 pm | Reply

    What’s a CNN?

  7. Show me from Missouri | April 21, 2021 at 9:20 pm | Reply

    I doubt there’s room for as many cable news networks as there are now.
    Probably something is going to give if there is an actual business model with advertising dollars based on viewership. Radio networks went through drastic changes, and print media as well.
    CNN might get a lot of Democrat advertising money during the coming election campaign, and that might keep them on the air, otherwise competition will likely drive them off the air.
    Considering the amount of money the Democrats spent and still lost the Presidential election, will donors be willing to put up that amount of money again?

  8. I only watch CNN when there’s a commercial on. Then I know who to boycott. Anyone who advertises on CNN is an enemy of the United States. Punish them all!

  9. Fox News will not stay on top long if they continue their swing to the left. Most people I know have given up on many of their shows.

  10. Viewers are becoming tired and fed up with CNN”S Progressive Liberal, Trump hating, agenda!!

  11. CNN! I remember a time when they were legit…but it was a LONG time ago. Now they’re overtly proud of lying! It’s amazing.

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