Skip to comments.CNN Loses Half Its Audience in Past Year
Posted on 06/03/2012 5:50:37 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist
CNN in May suffered its worst month for ratings in nearly 20 years, according to Nielsen figures, and has lost 50 percent of its audience in the past 12 months.
The cable network pioneered 24-hour news in the 1980s and for years was the top-rated news channel, but it has lost audience to Fox News and MSNBC in recent years and now lags both competitors in attracting viewers.
CNNs average audience in May fell to 388,000, with only 113,000 in the 25-54 age bracket that advertisers covet. Foxs average was 1.65 million, and MSNBCs was 658,000.
Its really a bloodletting theres no other way to describe it, said Robert Thompson, professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University.
They are trying to stick to old-fashioned, unbiased news broadcasting when their rivals have worked out that to draw an audience when there arent major stories breaking you need to do the opposite.
Piers Morgan, who was hired 18 months ago for the 9 p.m. hour, drew an average of 417,000 viewers in May, the worst ratings for that slot since the early 1990s, according to The Independent, a London-based website. When he took over in early 2011, his predecessor in that slot, Larry King, was averaging around 600,000 viewers.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has lost a quarter of his viewers in the past 12 months, and ratings for Wolf Blitzers two-hour Situation Room are down by more than half.
Piers Morgan was a known insufferable twit before being moved into the Larry King slot. Who could have guessed that decision would go wrong?
And unbiased? Who are they kidding?
CNN is simply an also-ran in a wide selection of Liberal-leaning news media.
CNN is UNBIASED? Who knew?
Wow! What kind of reality does this guy live in???
Why would American communists watch CNN when MSNBC is available?
A guy pretty much has to be an intellectual to say something this dumb.
Lol, about as objective as most things being said by college professors the past few decades.
You are much too kind, I prefer, "don't let the door hit you..." !
I wonder how many of their viewers are captive viewers, sitting in airports etc. where the only choice is CNN.
The only time I am forced to hear CNN is when they have it on at the airport. DFW is a great offender in that respect. They have that crap propaganda station playing on the monitors at almost all of the terminal gates.
Someone must be getting payed to have that “news” station playing.
Biggest laugh I have had in a long time.
Does the fool that wrote that really believe it?
Lets form a FReeper corporation, raise a healthy sum and wait for the proper moment to buy up all their stock and change the name to Free Republic Network (FRN). Then we hire the real conservatives as producers. I personally know a major conservative that is a producer of NBC sports.
And no,we do not want Hannity.
Virtually all American news outlets are garbage. Hopefully MSCNN goes dark sooner than later.
I’m glad I get my news from FR and overseas.
Robert Thompson, professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University.
My, what a useful degree!
Seriously, the only reason CNN lasted this long is that Airports had it tuned in on the wall mounted televisions in their empty passenger waiting areas.
I don’t know? Can you be lost, yet driven away by crappy, biased reporting?
Afterall, there are many good reasons they’ve become known as the “[C]linton [Ne]ews [N]etwork.
It all went right over her head. She pretty clearly thought he was a jerk talking gibberish.
Soledad O’Brien doesn’t help them much. She’s horrid.
I wonder what would happen if CNN went completely conservative? Or partly conservative?
They’re losing to PMSNBC fighting over the liberal market.
It was funny hearing Trump torch Wolfe Blitzen in an interview this week, kept throwing in digs about how bad the ratings were.
CNN can roar right back to the top!! it won’t!!! Simple, Turn right, hard right!!! Will never happen, but....for both CNN & MSNBC, they have to broom the Obama/Democrat/Liberal mantra. Just remember history, folks. Everything Obama touches becomes radioactive in a short itme. Poor souls at CNN & MSNBC can’t see the clear handwriting on the wall. Folks, just plain and simple dummies!!!
He administered a public spanking. It was a beautiful thing to watch.
Even if CNN were unbiased, which is a laugh, people who want unbiased news don’t watch news channels. People watch the news channels that validate their strong personal views. That’s why Fox has been so successful. Before Fox, there was no TV news that presented a conservative angle.
I personally feel that CNN still does the best job presenting breaking news, especially of an international nature. The network they built up over the years has been drastically cut, but the framework is still there. But their standard features stink.
“Wait, Did CNN Just Lose HALF Of Its Viewers?
This is still a BS article, but an actual link.
“Now, I don’t think CNN’s viewers have suddenly decided not to consume news any more. I just think they are going online to do it.”
Yep, they are, but look at the conclusion of where they are consuming news on line. AHHHHH!
What a joke. What they are trying to stick to is pseudo balance, limiting their partisan opinion mainly to acts of omission and leftist focused reporting, i.e. what would a DNC chairman ask?
My favorite talk host is “Mark Davis” who has been on 820 AM WBAP in Ft. Worth for many years. Now it appears WBAP thinks they don’t need him and I had to switch to 660 AM where Mark Davis is now.
This is really strange to me, because Mark has recently been filling in for Rush. He is of that caliber.
If it wasn’t for nursing homes and airport terminals, CNN would have no audience at all.
it might be too late. The docs might need to call this one.
This is the perfect example of what competition brings. Back in Gulf War I, they really did a disservice to the American people and we yearned for a news service that provided a more Amero-centric perspective. Nobody except the more extreme socialists and radicals among us believed anything Arnett said yet CNN kept putting him on. They insulted the military on an hourly basis and it made us sick.
Fox came out of that and the ratings have been going up ever since. The only reason Fox didn’t succeed faster was because cable systems were reluctant to give them space.
Soledad’s a big lib. So is that Dr. Sanjay Gupta guy who does their little medical features. I only watch CNN in airports but their bias annoys me every time.
Who is we? Speak for yourself pleas, unless you have been authorized to speak for others.
The big cable company in Israel Hot has dumped CNN. I don’t know why. Back in 2003 or thereabouts the government threatened to ban them for chronic overt anti-Semitic reporting. They promised to do better. They never really lost their bias against the Jewish state but sank into irrelevancy. I don’t think their bias had anything to do with the current move — CNN is still on the satellite company Yes. Hot replaced them with MSNBC. I thought when the West won the Cold War that was the end of a mass media such as Pravda having no reason for existence except to produce propaganda in praise of the rulers. But if they were broadcasting in Russian on MSNBC you’d think Pravda had never gone away.
From David Horowitz's FrontPageMag.com/DiscoverTheNetworks.org:
PROFILE: TED TURNER
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
O'REILLY: Fidel Castro, do you admire the man?
O'REILLY: Now he has murdered people. He's imprisoned people. There are political prisoners now. He won't let his people use the Internet. Nobody can use that. And you admire the guy?
TURNER: Well, I admire certain things about him. He's trained a lot of doctors, and they've got one of the best educational systems in the developing world. And you know, he's still popular with a lot of people down there. He's unpopular
O'REILLY: But he's a killer. He's a killer. He's a guy who
TURNER: But that has never, to my knowledge, that's never been proven. I mean
O'REILLY: He's executed political prisoners. I mean, he enslaves people who don't see it the way he sees it. Come on. He's a dictatorship. If you admire him, then why wouldn't you admire Mussolini? I mean, what's the difference? Mussolini put people back to work. There was order. The educational system was fine. See, I'm not getting this. This is what I don't understand about it.
TURNER: Well, OK, well, if you don't see the difference between Castro and Mussolini, you know, then you know, I likened some aspects of FOX News to the Nazis, so, I mean, you know, it works both ways.
O'REILLY: But you just admitted to me that that wasn't a very good thing to do and wasn't accurate.
TURNER: Hey, listen, I didn't say I wanted to live in Cuba. And I didn't say that I was buddy buddies with Fidel Castro. I just said that I respected certain things that he's done.
O'REILLY: All right, well
TURNER: What's wrong with that?
O'REILLY: Well, you said respect the man. And I just don't I can't possibly see how you could do that, but
TURNER: Of course not.
O'REILLY: Now I asked this question through one of my producers to Ms. Fonda. And I'm going to ask it to you because by reading your book, it struck me that the Vietnam experience changed you. I'm saying to myself, you know, Turner comes into the Vietnam era, conservative guy, pretty much traditional guy, it changes him.
O'REILLY: It changes him. And now he's a very liberal guy. So I asked Ms. Fonda, didn't it ever bother you that after all your activism and getting America out of Vietnam, which it subsequently did in the mid '70s, that 3 million human beings were slaughtered by the people that you were lionizing, the North Vietnam and the Khmer Rouge Communists who wouldn't have been slaughtered if we stayed. And their skulls were stacked on top of each other. And I never heard from you, Jane Fonda. And I never heard a word from Ted Turner about that. And that, to me, is a good question.
TURNER: You've got me. I didn't really think about it. You know, it didn't make the news very much.
O'REILLY: No, it didn't. And you had a vehicle that you could have had the revisionist history is what I'm worried about here. I think America's a noble nation. I think we've made mistakes. I think we tried to have freedom in Vietnam for the South Vietnamese. Unfortunately, the government was corrupt. I don't think that was a venal, terrible thing to do. I think we were trying to protect people there.
CNN founder Ted Turner with then wife, "Hanoi Jane" Fonda
Did you catch it at the end of the segment? After she turned it over to someone on her panel to rescue her butt, she stated that she needed a drink, (the video cut off the end of her remark-but you could get the gist), as everyone present laughed in agreement.
I just watched the Sunnunu clip on youtube. Yes, he knew what was coming and he was ready for her and he did a good job. “Aren’t you embarrassed”? Need more of that.
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1 right here at McDonalds. Thankfully I have my Droid.
This big experiment in our country with Socialism has been an utter failure. Therefore CNN and MSNBC are fighting for a dwindling demographic. Clear as day.
Here’s a link for Soledad/Sununu interview, since folks are talking about it here in the thread.
CNN = unbiased as much as Elvis Presley = one-hit wonders.
You are absolutely correct! I posted in haste totally forgetting Hanoi Jane, Ted Turner and all that crap.
Maybe Rush should buy it and rename it Conservative News Network. Ratings would skyrocket I’m sure.
Best news I’ve heard all day.
Oh dear, I misspelled paid! What will I ever do?
Predictive typing on my iPad can be a real pain.
The horror, the horror.........
Weren't they usually first to cover plane crashes?