Nolte: Layoffs Hit Far-Left CNN as Primetime Viewership Collapses to 512K

Signage is seen at CNN center, Thursday, April 21, 2022, in Atlanta. CNN’s brand-new str
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CNN, a far-left propaganda outlet that denies election results and encourages violence in predominantly black neighborhoods, will be hit with massive layoffs before the end of the year.

Per a statement released Wednesday from CNN chief Chris Licht — the left-wing extremist behind Stephen Colbert’s failing late-night show — the fake news outlet is facing “noticeable change. … That, by definition, is unsettling. These changes will not be easy because they will affect people, budgets, and projects.”

Gee, I wonder why that is…?

Even with a hotly contested and consequential national election less than two weeks away, CNN — which is more commonly called “CNNLOL” (which is Greek for “pig fat with lies”) — has been earning humiliating ratings.

During the week of October 17, CNNLOL managed to attract an average of only 512,000 total primetime viewers.

Throughout the day, CNN attracted an average of just 458,000 viewers.

The Associated Press

CNN chief Chris Licht on April 11, 2019, in New York. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Here are the overall numbers during that week for context purposes:


  • FOX: 2.3 million
  • MSNBC: 1.12 million
  • CNN: 512,000

Fox News is beating CNN times four.


  • FOX: 1.48 million
  • MSNBC: 719,000
  • CNN: 458,000

Below you’ll see that just a few weeks away from a huge election, CNN barely inched over the 100,000 mark of 25- to 54-year-old demo viewers during primetime and missed it entirely in the total day numbers.

Here’s the full context:


  • FOX: 293K
  • MSNBC: 111K
  • CNN: 109K


  • FOX: 203K
  • MSNBC: 81K
  • CNN: 92K

Remember when the media claimed only old people watched Fox News, and that after those old racists died, MSNBC and CNN would take first place?

Good times, good times…

Licht’s biggest mistake so far has been to make election-denier Jake Tapper the face of The New CNN.

Tapper is dying — dying — in his new primetime slot.

Jake Tapper during the June 6, 2022, ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ show. (Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)

More on the coming layoffs:

CNN makes money off advertising and pay-TV subscriber fees. But as millions of Americans cancel traditional pay TV each year in favor of streaming services, CNN almost certainly can’t raise subscription rates at a fast enough clip to make up for declining viewer numbers.

CNN’s profit is set to drop below $1 billion this year for the first time since 2016, when Donald Trump was elected president. Parent company Warner Bros. Discovery’s valuation has nearly been cut in half this year[.]…

More than 1,000 people will be laid off by Warner Bros. Discovery before the end of the year[.]

CNN is a failing enterprise staffed with smug, dishonest, unlikeable, bigoted, hate-filled anchors. You can’t fix that without a five-alarm enema. But Licht would rather lose money than hire likable people who might accidentally tell the truth now and again.

Watching CNN implode has been one of the great joys of my professional life.

CNN will always be around. But CNN no longer matters. CNN is a fart in a hurricane.

Follow John Nolte on Twitter @NolteNC. Follow his Facebook Page here.


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