CNN tanked in the cable ratings between August 6 and August 12, losing out to Fox News, MSNBC, and even the History Channel show Ancient Aliens, according to the latest data from Nielsen Media Research.
CNN’s competitors, Fox News and MSNBC, defeated CNN handily in the ratings war this week. Fox News took the number one slot for primetime viewership at 2.18 million viewers, and MSNBC came in second with 1.75 million viewers.
CNN finished in a distant seventh place, attracting 992,000 average viewers and falling behind HGTV, USA, the History Channel, and TBS in the weekly ratings.
The primetime lineup for the History Channel includes the show Ancient Aliens, a show which delves into the conspiracy theories behind aliens, while CNN’s lineup features hosts Anderson Cooper and Chris Cuomo. The History Channel had 1.06 million viewers in primetime this week.
Last week's ratings are in! People would rather watch bizarre conspiracy theories about aliens building the pyramids than @CNN.
CNN lost to @HISTORY's primetime lineup, which includes the show "Ancient Aliens."
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) August 14, 2018
The network did not fare much better in the ratings for its daytime programming. CNN finished in sixth place, lagging behind Fox News, HGTV, Nickelodeon, MSNBC, and Investigation Discovery.