The latest audience statistics revealed that Georgia pay television company CNN suffered a significant drop in viewership during the first week of 2022.
CNN’s primetime audience shrank 89% on the week beginning Jan. 3. It also lost 91% of viewers aged between 18 and 49.
Nielsen TV ratings show the broadcaster only attracted 548,000 viewers. This was dwarfed by the network’s 2021 coverage of the Capitol riots, which lured almost 2.7 million people.
According to Breitbart, CNN also lost 86% of its key 25 to 54 age demographic, which helps set advertising rates. In addition, only 113,000 watched during the period compared to an average of 822,000 one year prior.
The paper revealed much of CNN’s audience tuned into competitor Fox News instead.
“On the first anniversary of the attacks, viewers flipped over to CNN’s right-wing rival, Fox News, which topped the ratings for coverage of the event,” New York Post media journalist Alexandra Steigrad reported. “Fox topped the rankings for its coverage of January 6. It was also the number-one ranked cable news network during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’s anniversary remarks.”
Breitbart suggested viewers took a dim view on the broadcaster’s controversial dismissal of anchor Chris Cuomo for secretly defending brother and former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D)—who was accused of sexual harassment.
CNN also fired host Don Lemon for unethically reporting on actor Jussie Smollett’s trial despite Chicago police not considering him a racist, homophobic attack victim.
Lemon was also accused of sexually harassing a male Hamptons bartender back in 2018. The TV personality denies the allegations, according to the publication.