There has been plenty of evidence since former President Donald Trump left office that CNN and other mainstream media outlets are suffering from diminishing audiences.
Most recently, the cable news network received word that its special event CNN Heroes earlier this month drew the second-lowest ratings for a Sunday primetime program in the past 25 years.
CNN sheds viewers, especially in key demo
As Mediaite noted, there was arguably good cause for the only other time numbers were so low, coming on the same night in 2013 as that year’s Super Bowl.
The 15th annual “Heroes” special event highlighted ordinary Americans who made a positive difference in their communities.
Hosts Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa headlined an all-star lineup of entertainers and special guests, but it was not enough to convince most Americans to tune in.
According to Mediaite, CNN managed to attract an average of 422,000 total viewers, including a dismal 42,000 within the key advertising demographic of people between 25-54.
Compared to last year’s event, the latest broadcast represented a 55% drop in total viewers and a staggering 76% decline among the key demo.
Bad news piles up for liberal network
Meanwhile, competitor Fox News noted that the sagging ratings for CNN Heroes are just par for the course as far as the network is concerned. Without a prevailing anti-Trump narrative driving its content each day, CNN has seen its viewership numbers dip significantly.
In fact, November was its lowest-rated month since 2015. Cooper’s weeknight program Anderson Cooper 360 represented the network’s best numbers but managed to only rank 24th overall among the three leading cable news channels and was beaten out by 15 Fox News shows.
Amid a substantial decline in the ratings, CNN has also made news recently for controversies surrounding some of its employees.
Not only was primetime host Chris Cuomo suspended and subsequently fired for his active role in crafting a defense for his brother Andrew Cuomo, the disgraced Democratic ex-governor of New York, but a senior producer was also fired after his indictment on charges of sex crimes involving minors.
In a statement confirming that John Griffin had been fired, CNN called the allegations against him “disturbing.”