CNN Viewership Drops by 30% in 2009

CNN falls farther into the tank, with a 30% drop in viewers for 2009. The most watched cable network is USA which has increased viewers by 15%.

Here are the stats for total viewers in primetime for these cable networks (multiply the number next to each network by 1,000,000 if it’s a decimal, by 1,000 if it’s 3-digit number):

USA 3.278 million average viewers +15%
DISNEY 2.534 +6%
ESPN 2.253 +9%
TNT 2.254 +2%
FOX NEWS 2.210 +7%
TBS 1.838 -7%
NICK AT NIGHT 1.734 +2%
A&E 1.467 +8%
ABC FAMILY 1.353 +4%
FX 1.369 +10%
CARTOON 1.302 -3%
SYFY 1.276 -0%
DISCOVERY 1.253 +4%
HISTORY 1.212 +3%
HGTV 1.202 +9%
LIFETIME 1.185 -20%
FOOD 1.119 +26%
HALLMARK 1.104 -18%
AMC 1.041 -6%
TLC 1.070 +18%
TRUTV 1.090 +0%
SPIKE 1.063 -17%
COMEDY CENTRAL 992 -10%
CNN 908 -30%
MSNBC 817 -12%
MTV 807 -10%
BRAVO 796 +6%
BET 777 +23%
VH1 744 +0%
TVLAND 720 -8%
ESPN2 694 +8%
HBO 693 +41%
E! 592 +7%

I don’t know the proper method of comparing a talk radio show to a cable news network but it appears that at any one time during his 3-hour show Rush Limbaugh has anywhere between 5 times and 20 times the number of listeners than CNN has viewers during primetime.

FOX News has 2.2 million viewers in primetime compared to CNN’s 908,000. What should CNN do to boost its viewership? I don’t know anything about cable television but I have a suggestion for something they might try. That would be doing a little more honest news reporting and a little less liberal propaganda.

More stats at The Live Feed

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