In recent years, scandal-plagued CNN has forced out a number of high-profile employees in disgrace. This includes anchors Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo, former CNN president Jeff Zucker, senior producer John Griffin, producer Rick Saleeby, supervising producer Steve Brusk, host Elliot Spitzer, and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.
Critics say this is “a real sign” of the collapse of the network.
CNN has been criticized for becoming increasingly biased and promoting a radical far-left political agenda. Many of the network’s hosts and reporters openly express their vehement hatred of former President Donald Trump. (Trending: 4 Uncomfortable Facts Supporting Biden Impeachment)
The network hit rock bottom by recording the lowest weekend ratings in a key demographic in its entire history. CNN saw just 55,000 viewers from the important 25- to 54-year-old demographic during the past weekend. Only 43,000 watched its Sunday prime-time shows.
This represents the worst weekend in CNN’s history since viewership records were first tracked in 1991.
“CNN is a ratings embarrassment,” an industry insider said. “At least with Thompson they will have a direction.”
In May 2023, CNN held a town hall event with former President Donald Trump. This proved too much to bear for the left-wing network. Star CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was outraged over the event and suggested to viewers that they have a right to “never watch this network again.” (Trending: Joe Biden’s Biggest ‘Scam’ of All)
Following the backlash, CNN Chairman and CEO Chris Licht stepped down in less than one month later in June 2023.
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) August 8, 2023
The downward spiral for CNN is worsening as other smaller networks have begun beating CNN in prime-time ratings.
During the crucial 8-10 p.m. ET time slots, Newsmax netted 709,000 viewers during the 8-9 p.m. hour of “Eric Bolling the Balance” compared to 640,000 for CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” airing at the same time.
Nielsen ratings revealed that Newsmax brought in 610,000 viewers in the overall 8-10 p.m. slot. In comparison, CNN drew 582,000 viewers. (Trending: Biden Breaks Texas Town’s All-Time Record)
“Newsmax’s victories during these key prime-time hours are even more impressive because CNN is carried in 25 million more homes,” the report found.
“Newsmax’s ratings were bolstered during Bolling’s show when the network aired live former President Donald Trump’s speech in Alabama, with the event ending at 9:15 p.m. ET,” the report added.
Newsmax is one of the fastest-growing news networks. During the second quarter of 2023, Newsmax outpaced the growth of Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN by reaching a 126% increase in total prime-time audience viewers, according to the Nielsen ratings.