Skip to comments.Stunning: Nobody is Watching CNN
Posted on 01/23/2014 6:37:39 PM PST by Kaslin
RUSH: Have you heard about CNN? Folks, this is inside baseball, and normally I don't talk about ratings of other people in this business, because the vagaries are just too volatile. The whole ratings system is too volatile -- and if you live by it, you can die by it. Everybody's ratings, depending on when you take the snapshot, are gonna go up and down, and sometimes they're gonna fluctuate greatly.
But CNN now has had enough steady erosion here that it oughta be panic time. Listen to this: "CNN's Neilson ratings for the key important demographic which remains 25-54..." I've always thought that strange, though, if I may make a brief departure. The assumption is the reason why you want 25-54 in an advertising demographic is twofold. A, youth, young. B, they're climbing. They are growing economically. They are acquiring wealth.
They are advancing professionally, and they're in an increasingly consumerist and acquisition mode. (interruption) Well, I know. It's tough to balance this with the fact that the American dream is dead and that there isn't any upward mobility in the last 50 years. But we'll work all that out here on the program today. You know that that's not true. That's just BS that's put out by the Drive-Bys.
The 25 to 54 demographic, for as long as they've been around, has been the target demographic because that's what advertisers want because that's where it is theorized that the majority of disposable income is, and disposable income is what advertisers seek to separate people from. The real money is in 55-plus. By definition, the real money, the people that really have disposable income are people largely over 54.
However, the reason advertisers don't target them is that their decisions are made. They have established buying habits. It would cost too much money to engage in advertising to change their minds. That's why you don't see, for example, beer advertised for anybody older than 20. They will advertise beer for people under 21, under 18, trying to forge that buying habit that will stay with that customer for a lifetime, and that's what all advertisers try.
So especially the way the economy is now -- you know, tougher and tougher for Millennials and the Obama economy -- young people come out and find careers rather than just jobs. Now we've got full-time work being converted to part-time because of Obamacare. The whole notion that disposable income in the 25-54 bracket is rising may not be true. But those are still impressionable people, and it is viewed that the people 55-plus, if they're buying Miller Lite, they're not gonna be persuaded not to.
If they're using Gillette Fusion razors, that's what they're gonna use. You're not gonna convince them to go Schick. So that's why the demographic is important. In that demographic, CNN just hit their lowest level since May of 2012, and May of 2012 was the lowest level since May of 2011 -- and May of 2011 was the lowest level since May of 2010. I mean, they have been in a steady nosedive.
They are now averaging 78,000 viewers for the whole day. Just 78,000. I would think that they would have that many captive in airports around the country, who have no choice but to watch CNN. Their prime time number in the demo is 98,000. We have more than that in a city block in New York City. This is the one-year anniversary of Jeff Zucker, the "mastermind" of the Today show and MSNBC, coming in to fix this, and they continue to stick to this template.
They assume they're not ideological.
They're not liberals in the media. Oh, no! They are in the center.
"MSNBC? They've got the freak left, Fox has the freak right, and we at CNN are right in the middle. We've got the independents. We've got the genuine, really smart consumers of the news," and that's what they've been telling themselves. The fact is they're just like anybody else in the liberal media, and they are celebrated, they are honored. Zucker and these guys are heroes for sticking with the cause even though they're losing their shirts.
RUSH: I'm telling you, folks, this is stunning: 98,000 viewers in prime time on a national cable news network that, by the way, used to have a monopoly on cable news. Up until 1996 or '7, they were it. They just sit there and lose their audience. They just keep losing it and losing it -- and to those of us on the outside, it's clear why, and apparently it is not clear to them. It just stunning.
In the old days of broadcasting and media, this wouldn't have been allowed to get to this degree. There would have been heads rolled and massive changes years ago. They would not even be permitting this, and there certainly wouldn't be anybody remaining at that place called a star, and there wouldn't be an exec that was considered at the top of his game. It's just... The corruption of everything, achievement-wise, that the left touches, to me is just remarkable.
RUSH: Now, in addition to the numbers at CNN, I must tell you, as a highly trained broadcast specialist, and aside from five years working at a professional baseball team, this is all I've ever done. I mean, this is my business and my life. I'm sitting here in total stunned dismay, 98,000, average prime time for a national cable news network that used to have a monopoly. It's just almost indescribable, in a professional sense, how it survives. And how no heads roll.
I know why. I know exactly why. It is the primacy of the ideology. The ideology must be protected at all costs. Liberalism can never be seen as a failure. Liberalism can never be seen as a drag financially. Liberalism can never be seen in a negative light. And so as far as CNN's concerned, there's nothing wrong. This news gets reported and that's it, as far as it goes. They don't react to it. They don't act on it, and they'll be used by Time Warner as a loss leader, and the losses that they incur will be ate up elsewhere in the company.
Now, in addition to that, they're laying people off left and right. We just learned that 40 senior journalists have been laid off at CNN, including a pregnant producer who is due to give birth I think to twins in two weeks. It may not be twins, but the birth is in two weeks. They've actually been laying people off since November. So it's stunning, to me, it truly is.
See other story about CNN today getting hacked and posting a fictitious story saying China dumped all their US Bonds.
The market completely ignored it.
i think they should force the worst offenders/inmates to watch CNN, 24/7 in their cells. now thats even worse than the death penalty.
I laughed when Rush said you would think all those people forced to watch CCN in airports would add up to more viewers than that. LOL
I saw that, amazing. I think US markets were closed by that time, dunno if that makes a difference. They should have done it on an option expiration Friday, ha.
They’re owned by a huge cable company (Time Warner) that does about $30bil gross.
I assume ideology trumps profitability.
i heard that too,but aren’t there more than 42,000 people waiting for their flights at any given time?
Yep, but the 55+ group has been suckered before and is somewhat less likely to spend money on overpriced crap. Hence, the 25-54 ad target group.
Their ratings would shoot to 100,000 if they kept making mistakes like this one.
Rush is right.
I can’t recall the last time I switched the remote to CNN to even have a look.
If a Palin-like figure could just lead us to TURN OFF all liberal media and ditch the products of their sponsors, we could win this.
and the ones who were entertaining have all left over the years, they are down to the “Bottom Of The Barrel Anchors” who are as boring as any liberal.
You would think so.
You mean they are doing what they accuse Fox News from doing? Which is called psychological projection which it typical from the left
No one under retirement age watches ANY television news.
Don’t you listen to them CNN! You just keep on ignoring the audience! The advertisers don’t care! They don’t care that nobody sees their commercials on your network! They care about what you feel. Everybody does! The whole world wants to know your feelings and opinions on everything! You’re smarter than everyone else! Remember how Mommy told you that when your “Do Goldfish Need Water?” project got a C- at the science fair? It’s not your fault! They just don’t understand you like Mommy does. There there.
I was tortured toay by CNN at the Sheraton North Orlando, Orlando Airport and Austin airport. Thank god For Jet Blue! For the 3 hours in between, they had Fox, but I watched the Austrailian Open (tennis) and drank my beer!
Wow. Now, that was funny!
Wow, that might even qualify for cruel and unusual punishment.
It's even worse than having to listen to Ethel Merman!
I like your style!
there are so many fates worse than death, we could spend hours creating them. like being forced to listen to Yoko Ono’s greatest hits CD until their heads burst.
I stopped watcing CNN headline news when my fav Lynn Russell left the HLN anchor desk 4 8 pst time slot
So? Have they ever?
CNN. I'll check out the listing of Bourdain's show, but his travel formula is no longer all that interesting.
I think the last time I even checked CNN for news was when that gunman was running around NASA's SMU facility, but I settled on pMSNBC. They had the best coverage, thanks to their local NBC affiliate...
Unpossible. Far easier to send 100 bucks a month directly and knowingly to liberals, then go on the internet and bitch about the sad state of affairs.
Football and reality shows trump everything. Even on the political right. And although people make a million excuses in a self righteous rage every time this gets pointed out, they will send another check to Cable/dish providers at the end of the month and that in turn funds more liberalism.
Russel Crow had it right in Gladiator. “Are you not entertained?”
If I were the pregnant gal’s lawyer, she’d still have a job. My ex-wife hemmed and hawed on firing a problem employee until she came in one day and announced she had cancer. She had a guaranteed job from then on until she either keeled over or went into remission.
Of course people are watching CNN: every television screen in every airport in the U.S. set to display CNN.
(Surely there are some airports where the political authorities in charge of the airport are controlled by the GOP, and they could direct that the channel be changed to FoxNews, but this doesn’t seem to have occurred to anyone.)
Yes, like you, I think the last CNN check I performed was during a ‘breaking news’ incident also.
aha! Maybe their ratings are around 42,000 being there are probably around 42,000 televisions in all of our Airports?
Um, a bunch of reporters (forget how many) just got laid off at CNN. Why? They could not afford to pay them.
Eventually, being a lying propagandist network has a price.
I don’t watch CNN. Why bother? I do watch MSNBC weekly - know your adversary.
Hacked CNN Reports “China Dumps All US Bonds”
yep thats where I got that screen shot!
“Red Eye” gets more viewers.
“In the old days of broadcasting and media, this wouldn’t have been allowed to get to this degree.”
They literally are not reasonable. They are also running the country. Do the math.
al baby just did you a big favor.
We can amplify his statement by referencing the Atlanta airport alone. On any given day, that many and more ignore CNN on every place to sit down in the terminal
CNN bought the TVs and installed them. So they stay on CNN.
You didn’t think they were owned by the airport authority?
My seventy something dad still watches Fox. My mom made him quit watching CNN because it made his blood pressure go up.
-— Theyre owned by a huge cable company (Time Warner) that does about $30bil gross.
I assume ideology trumps profitability.
Unless the regime rewards the parent company in other ways.
“She was almost as pretty as Miss McGilicutty.”
“They are now averaging 78,000 viewers for the whole day.”
At that rate it will take them 11 weeks cummulative to equal the viewer numbers of the latest episode of Duck Dynasty.
The Republican Establishment probably far prefers CNN to Fox even though they, like everyone else, don’t watch it.