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CNN Keeps losing ground, and in a big hurry

by David Evans / January 21, 2005 10:10 PM PST

Well, that's whatcha get, lol.


CNN hemorrhaged more than half their audience from the 2001 Inauguration, overnights show. The troubled news network only averaged 779,000 viewers during yesterday's Inauguration coverage...



FNC -- 2,439,000 (up 57% OVER '01)
CNN -- 1,353,000 (down 14% over '01)
MSNBC -- 385,000 (down 47% over '01)

My my my, look how the mighty have fallen (down and they can't get up).

There just ain't much, uh, left of CNN. But Fox is doing great!


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People actually want to see the news Rather than
by Kiddpeat / January 21, 2005 11:51 PM PST

side shows?

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It's not just politics, DE.
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / January 22, 2005 1:16 AM PST

CNN used to have a well-balanced portfolio of top-rated shows on things like fashion, science, technology, investing, computers, etc -- typically half or one hour shows on the weekends. Most of those disappeared at the time of 9/11, and that leaves only the political junkies as hard-core CNN watchers. Not only did CNN lose the viewership of those shows, but the missing viewers of those shows weren't exposed to commercials for other programming, so it also affects weekday ratings.

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I also think....
by Angeline Booher / January 22, 2005 2:29 AM PST

.... that they missed Ted Turner. regardless what folks may think of him, it was his vision.

Then they moved operations to NY (though some remain in Atlanta), and suddenly got rid of so many familiar faces. I had the impression that they were targeting their market to younger people, though a diverse range of age groups had been what built them.


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Not exposed to commercials?
by Evie / January 22, 2005 10:07 PM PST


That doesn't explain why there appear to be "political junkies" flocking to Fox News.

Evie Happy

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I'll be with them to the last glimmer...
by Angeline Booher / January 22, 2005 2:58 AM PST

... to hear Christiane Amanpour, Lou Dobbs, and Jack Cafferty.

For the evening news. I'll stick with Jim Lehrer. For Washington speeches and news conferences, I watch them on C-Span.

To each his own.


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Agree wholeheartedly, Angeline. Though I have to add in
by Ziks511 / January 22, 2005 3:40 PM PST

CBC news at 6pm each day and skip C-SPAN.:D


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Sounds like a pretty accurate count to me...
by Chorus-Line A1-QMS / January 23, 2005 1:42 AM PST

I'd compare FNC's popularity to Wal-Mart or K-Mart
Macy's above average to CNN
Saks Fifth Avenue almost unheard to MSNBC



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