It’s not a good time to be CNN.
In the midst of chaotic impeachment hearings and the inception of what may be a bloody Democratic presidential primary, the long-time 24/7 news network has been in a ratings free fall this year.
And now, according to the Washington Examiner, CNN has plummeted to a five-year low in the crucial 25-54 demographic, pulling in just 138,000 in that market during prime-time last week.
In terms of overall viewership, it’s at a three year low, with the media organization garnering 643,000 prime-time viewers.
President Donald Trump has been at war with the media for four years now, calling CNN and their counterparts “fake news” on multiple occasions. In October, Trump was so fed up with the media coverage about him — specifically calling CNN International “so bad” and a “terrible thing for our country” — that he suggested starting a rival network.
“We ought to start our own network and put some real news out there,” Trump said.
Trump said, “We really are, we are looking at that. We should do something about it too. Put some really talented people and get a real voice out there, not a voice that’s fake.”
While the president has had his bouts with Fox News, the organization still remains very conservative compared to the rest and is doing extremely well in the ratings game.
“Fox News averaged 1.3 million viewers for its programming that week, and its prime-time listings brought in 2.2 million viewers on average and 303,000 demographic viewers,” The Examiner reports.
“Fox News topped the list of cable network day viewership, followed by the Hallmark Channel, ESPN, MSNBC, and Nickelodeon.”
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