CNN's Barack Obama Special Flops as Network's Ratings Plummet to All-Time Low
Establishment 'news' network continues to lose viewers
CNN’s special hour-long interview with former President Barack Obama failed to draw only half of what Fox News host Tucker Carlson rakes in for an average show.
The interview with Obama managed to scrape an extra 500,000 extra viewers for “Anderson Cooper 360," still just 1.4 million watched the show.
Meanwhile, Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” won 2.97 million viewers on the same night.
Carlson won over 506,000 younger viewers, compared with 279,00 for Obama’s interview, completely wiping the floor with CNN's target demographics.
CNN described Fox News’s “core audience” as “old, white conservatives” attracted to FNC’s “archaic, Mad Men-era view of the world.”
During Obama's interview with Anderson Cooper, he claimed Americans suffered from “deep” and “unconscious” racial bias because they rejected his anti-police rhetoric.
Meanwhile, Carlson focused on the growing number of angry parents who are pushing back against the teaching of critical race theory in the nation’s elementary schools.
Obama snarked, “lo and behold, the single most important issue to [Republicans] currently, right now, is critical race theory. Who knew that that was the threat to our republic?”
Obama also admitted he never expected President Donald Trump to be so successful in imposing his conservative agenda.
“I thought that there were enough guardrails institutionally that, even after Trump was elected that you would have the so-called Republican Establishment” oppose him from within, Obama said.
Obama also blasted the lack of a broad and diverse range of views in the media.
“You don’t have just Walter Cronkite delivering the news, but you have 1,000 different venues. All that has contributed to that sense that we don’t have anything in common,” he said.
Fox News is now continuing its streak as the nation’s most-watched cable news network for the 16th week in a row, Nielsen ratings reported.
“Monday marked CNN’s first time exceeding 1 million viewers so far in the month of June,” reported Fox News.
“In May, CNN failed to reach a seven-digit audience 13 out of the 31 days, roughly 42% of the month.”
Last month Neon Nettle reported that CNN lost 67% of its total viewers since Donald Trump left office in Janaury.
Ratings from Neilsen Media Research reported that during primetime hours of 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (EST), CNN lost 65% of its total viewers since the beginning of the year.
But in the 25-54 age demographic, the most important age group for ad networks, CNN saw 71% of its viewers for both the day and primetime disappear.
Though all major cable news shows have experienced a drop, CNN's is far more pronounced.