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CNN Loses Half Its Audience in Past Year
Newsmax email | 6/3/2012 | Unknown

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.

CNN’s average audience in May fell to 388,000, with only 113,000 in the 25-54 age bracket that advertisers covet. Fox’s average was 1.65 million, and MSNBC’s was 658,000.

“It’s really a bloodletting — there’s 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 aren’t 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 Blitzer’s two-hour “Situation Room” are down by more than half.


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May CNN rest in peace
1 posted on 06/03/2012 5:50:42 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist
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To: New Jersey Realist

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.


2 posted on 06/03/2012 5:54:58 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: New Jersey Realist
Did one of these 2 guys die or something?


3 posted on 06/03/2012 5:55:13 AM PDT by wareagle7295
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To: New Jersey Realist
Did one of these 2 guys die or something?


4 posted on 06/03/2012 5:55:35 AM PDT by wareagle7295
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To: New Jersey Realist
“They are trying to stick to old-fashioned, unbiased news broadcasting when their rivals have worked out that to draw an audience when there aren’t major stories breaking you need to do the opposite.”

CNN is UNBIASED? Who knew?

5 posted on 06/03/2012 5:55:52 AM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: New Jersey Realist
"“They are trying to stick to old-fashioned, unbiased news broadcasting"

Wow! What kind of reality does this guy live in???

6 posted on 06/03/2012 5:56:59 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: New Jersey Realist
A bearded leftie, a closeted homo, and a Brit twit as the prime lineup...and the pundits wonder why CNN is swirling the drain?
7 posted on 06/03/2012 5:58:03 AM PDT by twister881
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To: New Jersey Realist

Why would American communists watch CNN when MSNBC is available?


8 posted on 06/03/2012 5:58:03 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: DouglasKC
Maybe Bain could do a buyout and rejigger things at CNN.
It worked at Burger King...
9 posted on 06/03/2012 5:58:57 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: New Jersey Realist
“They are trying to stick to old-fashioned, unbiased news broadcasting ..."

A guy pretty much has to be an intellectual to say something this dumb.

10 posted on 06/03/2012 5:59:23 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: New Jersey Realist
“They are trying to stick to old-fashioned, unbiased news broadcasting when their rivals have worked out that to draw an audience when there aren’t major stories breaking you need to do the opposite.”

Lol, about as objective as most things being said by college professors the past few decades.

11 posted on 06/03/2012 6:00:31 AM PDT by Will88
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To: New Jersey Realist
May CNN rest in peace

You are much too kind, I prefer, "don't let the door hit you..." !

12 posted on 06/03/2012 6:01:46 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave ("All 57 states, (or is it 58?), must stand together and defeat O-bozo! VOTE the usurper out!!")
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To: New Jersey Realist

I wonder how many of their viewers are captive viewers, sitting in airports etc. where the only choice is CNN.


13 posted on 06/03/2012 6:02:38 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: who knows what evil?

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.


14 posted on 06/03/2012 6:03:50 AM PDT by 9422WMR (Life is not fair, just deal with it.)
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To: newfreep

Biggest laugh I have had in a long time.

Does the fool that wrote that really believe it?


15 posted on 06/03/2012 6:04:24 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: New Jersey Realist

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.


16 posted on 06/03/2012 6:05:00 AM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: New Jersey Realist

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.


17 posted on 06/03/2012 6:06:24 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm STILL supporting Newt.)
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To: New Jersey Realist

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.


18 posted on 06/03/2012 6:07:34 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse
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To: New Jersey Realist

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.


19 posted on 06/03/2012 6:07:42 AM PDT by cpa4you (CPA4YOU)
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To: New Jersey Realist
I'm not a fan of John Sunnunu, but he did a wonderful job the other day when interviewed by Soledad O'Brien. He relentlessly attacked her for her bias, told her she should be embarassed for directly pushing the Democrat Talking Points that came out the day before, cited her unwillingess to talk about real issues and her insistence on talking about issues that the White House considered politically useful. He also mentioned several times that the rating for CNN were dropping like a rock.

It all went right over her head. She pretty clearly thought he was a jerk talking gibberish.

20 posted on 06/03/2012 6:09:40 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: New Jersey Realist

Soledad O’Brien doesn’t help them much. She’s horrid.


21 posted on 06/03/2012 6:10:46 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: New Jersey Realist

I wonder what would happen if CNN went completely conservative? Or partly conservative?


22 posted on 06/03/2012 6:11:09 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: New Jersey Realist

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.


23 posted on 06/03/2012 6:15:47 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: FreedomPoster

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!!!


24 posted on 06/03/2012 6:16:51 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX (My only objective is defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
"he did a wonderful job the other day when interviewed by Soledad O'Brien."

He administered a public spanking. It was a beautiful thing to watch.

25 posted on 06/03/2012 6:17:27 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: newfreep

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.


26 posted on 06/03/2012 6:17:43 AM PDT by randita
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To: New Jersey Realist

“Wait, Did CNN Just Lose HALF Of Its Viewers?

http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-03-28/tech/31243836_1_cnn-piers-morgan-total-day

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!


27 posted on 06/03/2012 6:19:08 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: New Jersey Realist
“They are trying to stick to old-fashioned, unbiased news broadcasting when their rivals have worked out that to draw an audience when there aren’t major stories breaking you need to do the opposite.”

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?

28 posted on 06/03/2012 6:19:19 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: New Jersey Realist

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.


29 posted on 06/03/2012 6:23:18 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: New Jersey Realist
Ted Turner's GREAT ACHIEVEMENT: Like snow upon the desert's dusty face, melted anon by the light of truth.
30 posted on 06/03/2012 6:25:32 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Long may our land be bright with freedom's holy light.)
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To: New Jersey Realist

If it wasn’t for nursing homes and airport terminals, CNN would have no audience at all.


31 posted on 06/03/2012 6:27:18 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: rawhide

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.


32 posted on 06/03/2012 6:28:17 AM PDT by newnhdad (Where will you be during the Election Riots of 2012/2013?)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I'm not a fan of John Sunnunu, but he did a wonderful job the other day when interviewed by Soledad O'Brien.
I surf the news each morning and caught that live. I literally sat up in my chair and cheered him on.
The CNN anchorette (named after a prison), knew exactly what he was saying and looked like a damned fool trying to ignore him.
33 posted on 06/03/2012 6:28:39 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: ClearCase_guy

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.


34 posted on 06/03/2012 6:33:31 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Utah Binger
"And no,we do not want Hannity"

Who is we? Speak for yourself pleas, unless you have been authorized to speak for others.

35 posted on 06/03/2012 6:35:44 AM PDT by Buffalo Head (Illigitimi non carborundum)
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To: New Jersey Realist
REST IN PEACE???? No. Better they rot in the hell that they helped flourish and create with their liberal political agenda. No, the likes of CNN need to rot in the garbage that they supported and abetted.
36 posted on 06/03/2012 6:37:45 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (Paul said the world would look like in the last days: See Romans 1: 13-32 for the examples.)
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To: Yardstick

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.


37 posted on 06/03/2012 6:38:58 AM PDT by idov
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To: New Jersey Realist
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From David Horowitz's FrontPageMag.com/DiscoverTheNetworks.org:
PROFILE: TED TURNER


38 posted on 06/03/2012 6:39:45 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ClearCase_guy

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.


39 posted on 06/03/2012 6:43:18 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: ClearCase_guy

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.


40 posted on 06/03/2012 6:45:28 AM PDT by Mercat (Necessity is the argument of tyrants. John Milton)
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To: Utah Binger

I have a fair amount of production and engineering experience. If your friend is ever looking for an experienced technical person in SC, point him my way....


41 posted on 06/03/2012 6:52:57 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: big'ol_freeper

1 right here at McDonalds. Thankfully I have my Droid.


42 posted on 06/03/2012 6:53:17 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: nascarnation
Great point. The polls and the media are hiding one fact that I can see everywhere. Having the most leftest administration in history is causing our country to take a hard right. I can see more people than ever that I thought were moderate or slightly left leaning, becoming conservative.

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.

43 posted on 06/03/2012 6:56:42 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Here’s a link for Soledad/Sununu interview, since folks are talking about it here in the thread.

http://youtu.be/03H-y5DV0ZY


44 posted on 06/03/2012 7:03:19 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: New Jersey Realist

CNN = unbiased as much as Elvis Presley = one-hit wonders.


45 posted on 06/03/2012 7:03:41 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: RetiredArmy

You are absolutely correct! I posted in haste totally forgetting Hanoi Jane, Ted Turner and all that crap.


46 posted on 06/03/2012 7:06:10 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: New Jersey Realist

Maybe Rush should buy it and rename it Conservative News Network. Ratings would skyrocket I’m sure.


47 posted on 06/03/2012 7:10:34 AM PDT by mc5cents
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To: New Jersey Realist

Best news I’ve heard all day.


48 posted on 06/03/2012 7:12:32 AM PDT by bgill
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To: New Jersey Realist

Oh dear, I misspelled paid! What will I ever do?
Predictive typing on my iPad can be a real pain.
The horror, the horror.........


49 posted on 06/03/2012 7:22:31 AM PDT by 9422WMR (Life is not fair, just deal with it.)
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To: Texas Eagle
"If it wasn’t for nursing homes and airport terminals, CNN would have no audience at all."

Weren't they usually first to cover plane crashes?

50 posted on 06/03/2012 7:31:11 AM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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