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It’s official: CNN’s viewership has completely collapsed as MSNBC also loses ground after collusion hoax exposed

By Jon Dougherty

There’s really only one word to describe what has happened to viewership at flagship cable news channel CNN and its big sis MSNBC over the past month: Collapse.

According to Nielsen Media Research, CNN‘s viewership tanked a whopping 26 percent in April, a dip tied inextricably to the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in which he officially cleared POTUS Donald Trump of “colluding” with Russia to “steal” the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton.

Mueller also did not recommend charging the president with obstruction of justice because he also could not find any evidence for that, as well.

Meanwhile, MSNBC‘s ratings have also tanked, down 14 percent in April 2019 compared to April 2018. Fox News‘ viewership was flat.

As for CNN, April was its lowest month for viewers since October 2015, according to Nielsen.

The Hill has more:

In the 25- to 54-year-old demographic that advertisers covet most, it was the network’s least-watched month since Aug. 2015. 




In prime time, Fox News finished first with an average of 2.4 million viewers. In April 2018, the network also averaged 2.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

MSNBC was second with an average of 1.66 million viewers, down from 1.93 million in April 2018.

CNN was third with 767,000 average primetime viewers, down from 1.04 million in April 2018.

In the 25–54 demographic, all three networks saw a decline.

Fox News delivered 389,000 viewers, followed by MSNBC’s 255,000 and CNN’s 198,000 viewers in the category. 

This compared to 483,000 for Fox, 398,000 for MSNBC and 336,000 for CNN in April 2018.

Fox News retained four of the five top-rated prime-time shows: “Fox’s ‘Hannity” with an average of 3.086 million viewers, followed by ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ with an average of 2.834 million. MSNBC’s ‘Rachel Maddow Show’ was third with 2.630 million viewers, followed by Fox’s ‘The Ingraham Angle’ with 2.455 million viewers and ‘The Five’ with 2.4 million in rounding out the Top-5.”

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We can deduce a couple of things from these figures:

— CNN is no bargain for advertisers; with these figures, it’s a wonder the network can even attract enough revenue to keep the lights on. The network’s saving grace is its web properties, which attract well over 500 million visitors per month.

— Fox News is the better bargain for advertisers, with millions more viewers and an estimated 375 million visitors per month.

— Americans are simply tired of the Russian collusion hoax.

As for the viewers CNN and MSNBC have lost, they can blame their willingness to perpetuate the collusion hoax. And in the news biz, if you live by the lie, you’re going to die by it.

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23 Comments on "It’s official: CNN’s viewership has completely collapsed as MSNBC also loses ground after collusion hoax exposed"

  1. Shut it down! Your networks are nothing but a leftist ministry of propaganda. The people are wise to you now, knowing that “News” and CNN or MSNBC must never be used in the same sentence. Some of your lying talking heads look like they are in for some rough weather. You brought it on your selves. Now Be gone!

    • Curmudgeon from the midwest | May 2, 2019 at 11:43 am | Reply

      Been asking for the remote in bars and doctor offices lately to “change the channel” from CNN, etc. They all have cable and it is just too easy to activate parental controls and permanently block CNN and PMSNBC. Takes under 2 minutes and unless they figure out my code, they stay blocked. I blocked 24 TVs is a medical clinic yesterday, and it felt GOOD!

      • terry t zelk | May 2, 2019 at 4:54 pm |

        That’s too cool. Wish I knew how to do that, but haven’t watched tv in about 20 years, so I don’t know anything about that stuff.

      • Can you figure how to shut it down in airports? You would be doing a great service to your fellow Americans. It is so annoying having to hear their lying drivel at every gate.

  2. its all an illusion. Left and right to keep the children in fight. lol

  3. Karma!

  4. BeegtymeRawkstah | May 2, 2019 at 9:18 am | Reply

    Fox is going to tank too once the leftists worm their way in

  5. Jack Savage | May 2, 2019 at 9:48 am | Reply

    As the commenter above said, Fox is heading left, people. Murdoch’s kid is taking ’em there. Donna Brazile?….are you f’g kidding me??? More leftist crap going on over there at Fox, too, me thinks………..

  6. pouncekitty | May 2, 2019 at 10:47 am | Reply

    See? Trump was right all along. CNN sucks.

  7. Susan Elizabeth Clemons | May 2, 2019 at 11:03 am | Reply

    As usual, what ever the left touches, turns to crap.

    • Exactly. We have abundant examples. Most recent, Obama sabotage of America ….and Venezuela.

  8. Zucker Knew it was coming and I bet they fired him with the Articular about him wanting to run for Public Office.

    LOL LOL LOL Fake News Dies….

  9. rufusvondufus | May 2, 2019 at 11:30 am | Reply

    My sincerest thanks to you axeholes at CNN and MSNBC along with many other networks for your constant hassling of President Trump’s every move thereby guaranteeing that he will be reelected in ’20 and give us four more years of a great economy and wonderful US of A. Hopefully he will then be able to get rid of all of the gimmiedats, muslims and libturds destroying our country.

  10. CNN still gets $12/year from every cable subscriber whether it is watched or not. With 92 million cable subscribers CNN still gets $1 billion in revenues in spite of having almost no audience. What a nice system.. CUT YOUR CABLE!!!!

  11. Mensa Graham | May 2, 2019 at 1:22 pm | Reply

    Perhaps AT&T will have the better sense to either shut down the CNN rag or at the very least change out the whiners there now.

  12. Dave Hardesty | May 2, 2019 at 5:27 pm | Reply

    “It’s official: CNN’s viewership has completely collapsed as MSNBC also loses ground after collusion hoax exposed”

    Awe, isn’t that just too bad. Sniff, it almost makes you want to cry. Now if we can reign in social media, Google, Amazon and Microsoft there may still be hope left for our nation.

  13. pouncekitty | May 2, 2019 at 9:34 pm | Reply

    CNN pays airports to broadcast their garbage fake news. Once they run out of money, we might get some HONEST and FAIR news in our airports.

  14. search4truth1 | May 3, 2019 at 5:38 am | Reply

    May all the seditious liberal-socialist-communists die…quickly.

  15. White “privilege” is no white countries, cities, neighborhoods.
    White “privilege” is open borders.
    White “privilege” is No-White-Anything-Anywhere.

    It’s Anti White
    It’s G e no cide

  16. Will the last one out of Clinton News Network please turn out the lights?

  17. Acosta will get caught in the collapse and get pulverized on the way out hopefully.

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