Trump's "fake news" nemesis, CNN, experienced a dramatic collapse in ratings last week compared to 2017.According to AdWeek, CNN viewership tumbled 41% in daytime TV ratings and tumbled 36% in primetime versus the same week last year.
"CNN ranked No. 6 across basic cable in total primetime viewers, and No. 5 in total day this past week. Despite the top 10 finishes, the network was -36 percent in primetime viewers, and -41 percent in total day viewers vs. the same week last year", AdWeek wrote.
The increasingly more partisan news network was once again beat by its traditional competitors: Fox News was No. 1 across the board for basic cable for the Labor Day week of Sept. 03, 2018 (No. 1 in total viewers across the 24-hour day for 35 consecutive weeks), while MSNBC came in second.
In basic cable, CNN placed fifth with ESPN and Nickelodeon placing No. 3 and No. 4, respectively as Sponge Bob suddenly emerges to be more popular/credible than Jake Tepper and Chris Cuomo.
In primetime, CNN ranked No 6. while ESPN secured the first ranking. Fox News, MSNBC, HGTV, and the USA network all placed higher than CNN for primetime views.
The network has repeatedly seen embarrassing viewership losses compared to 2017. In August, the network lost 12 percent of its primetime viewers compared to 2017. During one week in August, the network dropped 23 percent during the day and 24 percent in primetime compared to the same week last year, said Breitbart News.
CNN's sharp fall might be the result of President Trump's relentless hostility towards the network in the last several years.
"These are just dishonest, terrible people," Trump says of the Fake News Media while speaking at Rally in Evansville, Indiana. pic.twitter.com/B4isVSK845— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) August 31, 2018
In which Donald Trump compares himself with Lincoln and says Honest Abe's Gettysburg address was HAMMERED by the 'fake news' like his own speeches. pic.twitter.com/VcS9iHkf1F— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) September 8, 2018
Of course, it may also simply be the result of increasingly more viewers switching over to other, less biased sources of news and information.