The fact that CNN has lost some esteem with the American people, was apparent Tuesday night when President Obama gave a rare primetime address to try and explain his policy on Syria. Tuesday night’s ratings show once again that when big news breaks, Americans are now turning to Fox News, this time by margins of two and sometime three-to-one.
In the 8pm hour leading up to the president’s speech, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly enjoyed 3.07 million viewers, compared to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who delivered only 838,000 viewers.
Cooper even lost to MSNBC’s special coverage of the speech, which delivered 865,000 viewers.
In the coveted 25-54 demo, O’Reilly beat both MSNBC and CNN by a 2-to-1 margin.
The 9pm numbers for the special coverage of the speech itself was nearly as brutal for CNN in total viewers, but closer in demo viewers.
Once upon a time, because they really were the most trusted name in news, CNN would obliterate its opponents during big national events, like a presidential address. Big news meant turning to CNN.
End of story.
Thanks to relentless left-wing bias and countless factual errors, it is apparent that CNN has voluntarily surrendered that crown to Fox News.
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