CNN Hits Historic Lows after Scandal-Filled Year

Hannah Nightingale
February 16th, 2022

CNN has hit yet another low last week, seeing its worst total day viewers in nearly eight years as its conservative counterpart Fox News continues to top the charts.

According to data reported by Fox News, the left-wing cable news network averaged just 444,000 total day viewers from Feb. 7 – 13, which is CNN’s worst performance in the category since November of 2015.

Fox News topped the category, bringing in 1.5 average total day viewers, and was the only basic cable news network to surpass the 1 million mark. The top five was rounded out with USA, MSNBC, HGTV, and Hallmark.

In the primetime slots, CNN didn’t fare much better, averaging just 491,000 primetime viewers. Meanwhile, Fox News brought in 2.4 million viewers for the same slot, topping CNN by 385 percent.

“Tucker Carlson Tonight” finished as the most-watched cable news program of the week, bringing in an average of 3.5 million viewers.

“The Five” finished in second, followed by “Jesse Watters Primetime,” “Hannity,” and “Special Report with Bret Baier.”

Fox News had 81 of the top 100 cable telecasts for the week.

CNN’s most popular show, “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” brought in an average audience of 663,000 viewers, with shows like “Ancient Aliens” on the History Channel, and Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County” receiving more viewers.

As for morning shows, CNN’s “New Day” brought in just 363,000 viewers, and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” saw 763,000 viewers. For comparison, “FOX & Friends” averaged 1.4 million viewers, more than doubling the other two shows combined.

CNN saw another historic low with its weekend lineup, with just 57,000 viewers in the coveted marketing demographic of 25 – 54, marking the lowest viewership in the category in 25 years, according to Fox News data.

CNN has seen its viewership tank since the last two months of 2021, and into this year, have been embroiled in a number of scandals.

In early December, popular host Chris Cuomo was fired from his position after it was revealed that he had a larger part to play in defending his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, amidst allegations of sexual harassment.

Two producers for CNN shows were fired last year amidst allegations of sexual abuse of minors and soliciting photos from underaged girls.

Most recently, CNN president Jeff Zucker resigned from his post after he failed to disclose a romantic relationship with CNN’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer Allison Gollust.

In the wake of Zucker’s resignations, reports came out that Cuomo still intends to engage in a legal battle with his former network, reportedly intending to demand upwards of $60 million.

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