May Ratings: CNN Firmly Back In the Basement
CNN's obsessive exploitation of the tragic disappearance of 227 souls on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 did, for a time, manage to pull the left-wing network out of its ratings freefall, but that all ended in the month of May when CNN crash-landed right back into third place behind MSNBC and way behind Fox News.
TVNewser reports that MSNBC crushed CNN in primetime viewers, 536,000 to 400,000. It was a little closer in total day viewers, with MSNBC still edging the no-longer "most trusted name in news" 327,000 to 309,000.
Fox News obliterate both networks combined by wide margins, totaling up 1.45 million primetime viewers and 902,000 total day viewers.
In the 25-54 demo, the spread is much closer, but the Fox still beats its two left-wing competitors; and MSNBC is beating CNN more often than not.
In all of cable, Fox News ranked 6th in total day and primetime viewers. MSNBC was 29th and 30th, respectively. CNN placed 39th and 32nd, respectively.
CNN's problems in late April an May were not limited to just ratings. The left-wing network's reputation took another major credibility hit when emails revealed a cozy relationship between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the producers of "Chicagoland," an eight-part CNN series that many saw as a campaign commercial for Emanuel even before the emails revealed the coordination.
On top of all that, "Chicagoland" was a ratings failure.
It certainly won't help CNN's bias problems that within minutes of the news being released that the American economy contracted in the first quarter of this year, CNN declared it "no big deal."
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