Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

CNN Becoming Irrelevant: Lowest Prime Time Ratings In At Least 13 Years
NewsBusters ^ | December 16. 2010 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 12/16/2010 7:41:29 AM PST by Zakeet

Is CNN becoming irrelevant?

According to TVByTheNumbers.com, the self-proclaimed most trusted name in news's prime time ratings this year are the lowest since at least 1997:

CNN’s woes worsened this year. Despite the somewhat bogus total reach-touting, the network hit primetime ratings lows (or at least going back to 1997, which is all we could dig up data for) for total viewers and viewers 25-54.

A look at Tuesday's prime time numbers should give you an idea of just how terribly this cable network is doing.

Fox New's "O'Reilly Factor" now frequently gets more viewers than CNN's extended prime time lineup (not including the 11PM broadcast of "Anderson Cooper 360".)

Right in the heart of CNN's weeknight programming, "John King USA" and "Parker Spitzer" received a combined 647,000 total viewers Tuesday which was less than any single first-run program on MSNBC and less than half as much as any first-run show on Fox.

For the whole day Tuesday, CNN averaged only 379,000 viewers per hour compared to Fox's 1.3 million.

To be sure, CNN is doing very well internationally, and its website garners a lot of attention as well as ad revenue. But the cabler's broadcasting numbers are continuing to decline to the point of total irrelevancy.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cablenews; cnn; msm; ratings; schadenfreude

1 posted on 12/16/2010 7:41:36 AM PST by Zakeet
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: abb
I took the liberty of posting your dead dog picture ... for obvious reasons ...
2 posted on 12/16/2010 7:43:56 AM PST by Zakeet (Always trust in the five G's: God, Gold, Guns, Grub, and the Government screwing up)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

I am astonished that anyone agrees to be on CNN with client number 9, otherwise known as Elliot Spitzer.

I am even more astonished to find that anyone still thinks Wolf Blitzer, et al are still relevant to any discussion in this country.


3 posted on 12/16/2010 7:44:04 AM PST by macquire
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

Becoming???

I programed my TV to bypass CNN entirely so when you roll channels, it automatically skips CNN (as well as other irrelevant channels like the shopping channels, etc.).


4 posted on 12/16/2010 7:44:24 AM PST by NeilGus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

RedEye (seen at 3:00am ET) gets more viewers than CNN’s primetime lineup.


5 posted on 12/16/2010 7:45:13 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (In 2012: The Rookie and The Wookie get booted from the White House.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

If airports, hotels, taxi cabs and elevators didn’t broadcast CNN, no one would even know it exists.


6 posted on 12/16/2010 7:46:17 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

This is because the Fox News Channel has one of the strongest cable news lineups.

In the early morning you have FOX and Friends.

Then in the afternoon you have Cavuto, Glenn Beck, Special Report, and then O’Reilly.

In the evening/night you have Hannity followed by Greta Van Susteren.

All of these programs are st the minimum EXCELLENT so is it any wonder why Fox News Channel is dominating cable news.

I think not.

It is the same reason that folks like Rush Limbaugh dominate talk radio.

They all speak truth to power.


7 posted on 12/16/2010 7:48:45 AM PST by Ev Reeman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

C-COLLAPSING
N-News
N-Network


8 posted on 12/16/2010 7:49:44 AM PST by LeonardFMason
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

I tune CNN in sometimes in the morning just to see Karen Chetrey for a few minutes. I’ve always liked her look.


9 posted on 12/16/2010 7:49:58 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

They should offer Dana Loesch the full prime-time block.

She is a awesome. If you have not seen her articulate conservatism, you must. She is a sometimes panelist (also appearing on other networks, FOX, etc)


10 posted on 12/16/2010 7:51:28 AM PST by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

In the international markets, CNN can fight it out with Al Jazeera for which can be the more anti-American. The market will tell us which is the more effective model: anti-Americanism that derives from religious hatred, or anti-Americanism that derives from left-wing political ideology.


11 posted on 12/16/2010 7:52:18 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

He’p yo’ self!! It belongs to ALL of us in FReeperland.

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/huh-facing-worst-ratings-in-years-cnn-spins-numbers-%E2%80%9C10-million-more-viewers-than-fox-news%E2%80%9D/

Huh? CNN Spins Worst Ratings In Years: “10 Million More Viewers Than Fox News”


12 posted on 12/16/2010 7:57:41 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Steely Tom

Bake sale ?


13 posted on 12/16/2010 7:58:11 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet
So CNN will get a gubbmint bailout?
14 posted on 12/16/2010 8:02:09 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AuH2ORepublican

“If airports, hotels, taxi cabs and elevators didn’t broadcast CNN, no one would even know it exists.”

You know, never thought of it that way but you are right!


15 posted on 12/16/2010 8:10:10 AM PST by freebird5850 (When 0bama fails, FREEDOM prevails!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

Gee I wonder does calling your viewers and their family members the vulgar homosexual term ‘teabagger’s’, racists, homphobes, Islamaphobes, extremists and the never ending Palin bashing , have any thing to do with it? Hiding news and polls that are negative to Obama? Corrupt ‘flash polls’ in favor of Obama?

Well yes I do.


16 posted on 12/16/2010 8:32:27 AM PST by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet; abb
CNN.."'Cause Nobody's Noticing...
17 posted on 12/16/2010 8:36:49 AM PST by ken5050 (I don't need sex.....the government screws me every day..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

The only time I even ever see CNN anymore is out in bars and restaurants, where it is inexplicably tuned in on every screen.

I wonder if there isn’t a little Time-Warner Payola going on?


18 posted on 12/16/2010 8:57:41 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

I would think that the only viewers are the ones forced at the airport to watch their crapola.


19 posted on 12/16/2010 9:54:35 AM PST by newfrpr04
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zakeet

>very well internationally

CNNInternational is a totally different outfit, still giving hard news and with a minimal amount of fluff compared to the boring gabfests of earnest news readers joking, jiving and flirting with each other.

Watching CNNI you actually get an idea of what’s going on in the world.


20 posted on 12/16/2010 12:34:11 PM PST by swarthyguy (KIDS! Deficit, Debt,Taxes! Pfft Lookit the bright side of our legacy -America is almost SmokFrei!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AuH2ORepublican
If airports, hotels, taxi cabs and elevators didn’t broadcast CNN, no one would even know it exists.

So true. When I stay at a place I ask if they show Fox or CNN in their lobby before getting a room. If I don't have a choice and they play CNN, I tell them I won't be back. Whenever I have a chance, I flip the channel from CNN to Fox when in medical offices, or other waiting rooms. A lot of people are afraid to change the channel, but not me.

21 posted on 12/16/2010 6:50:26 PM PST by roadcat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson