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CNN’s decision to cover President Trump in a decidedly negative light has not paid off for the cable news network, as dismal 2020 first-quarter ratings show.

The development is particularly troubling for the network given Fox News, its chief rival, reported its best ratings quarter ever.

Townhall’s Matt Vespa has more:

As liberal networks debate whether to pull broadcasting pressers from the president of the United States because they don’t like him, one anti-Trump network might not have a choice if they want to boost ratings. CNN had quite a dismal first quarter, with not a single one of their programs cracking the top 20 in the rating chart. President Trump has made the network his top punching bag, and rightfully so. It’s no secret that the top brass at CNN hate Trump

Fox News has eight of the ten most-watched shows on cable television and 14 in the top 20. MSNBC, which proudly flaunts its bias, claimed the remaining spots.

CNN’s best-performing program, “The Lead With Jake Tapper,” came in at number 22.

That’s brutal any way you cut it. And it’s not like this is a new thing. For years, CNN has been in a ratings slump. If it weren’t for CNN International, which isn’t nearly as Trump deranged, then it’s possible that this noted anti-Trump network would probably have to close up shop. And while that may sound like a good thing in terms of curbing the anti-Trump nonsense that’s spewed daily by the liberal opposition press, CNN is just one actor in that Axis of Evil. It’s a massive enemy that’s well-connected, well-financed, and still has reach. And no, CNN isn’t going away anytime soon, but the president has some more ammunition to unload on them when their reporters get cute at pressers in the future. 

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Bernard England III
Bernard England III
4 months ago

No matter what the news should produce the truth, it has come to a time that the media is classified as The Russian News Agency TASS. When Obama was in office, every lie they told was printed as truth, which is the time I quit watching anything , but FOX. It’s not about whether you like someone or not, it’s their job performance that counts. Since Trump took office, he has done everything he promised and more with a constant fight from the democrats and their senile leader Pelosi. At 78 yeaqrs old, Pelosi only wants the power, not the job because as everyone can tell she has only tried to run Trump out instead of doing what we pay her to do, work for the people not your personal agendas.

Tam
Tam
4 months ago

Hey Bernard, just an update, Pelosi just ‘celebrated’ her 80th birthday.

Mark
Mark
4 months ago
Reply to  Tam

Congratulations, Tam.

A. D Roberts
3 months ago
Reply to  Mark

Ironic. As vile and lacking in ethics as Fox is, with them firing good people, they can still beat CNN. That shows how bad things are.

Mike Olson
Mike Olson
3 months ago
Reply to  A. D Roberts

I don’t watch cable news. But, even Fox news over the air has had a decided change. I don’t count on it anymore. Fortunately there are plenty of other sources these days. One would think rating would reflect the distrust in these sources and they would fade away.

Gary Von Neida
Gary Von Neida
3 months ago
Reply to  Tam

All those face lifts have done little for Her distinction between what is either right or wrong for the American Citizens—-only Her Own personal finances and Those of Her “contributors”—–Love of power and greed should be carved into Her grave stone.
CNN–once deemed the Clinton News Network has morphed into being the Communist News Network—-everything socialist.

Romer759
3 months ago
Reply to  Gary Von Neida

If she has anymore lifts she will have a public beard!!

John Meis
John Meis
3 months ago
Reply to  Tam

I’ve heard it said that about 60years ago she was a “hot little number”,
ya think?

Carol Peterson
4 months ago

It would appear that the 4 C’s of journalism that use to be taught in communications — clear, concise, correct, complete — are no longer taught. Or perhaps 90% of the students flunked that one!

John Vieira
4 months ago
Reply to  Carol Peterson

Would appear that “journalism” disappeared about forty years ago and was steadily and solidly replaced by “propaganda-ism” in the MSM…

Don
Don
4 months ago
Reply to  John Vieira

Yep.

Rich
4 months ago
Reply to  John Vieira

Hey John you are right forty years ago the mom has taken up where Pravda left off after the Socialist Russia was broken up. The clock is ticking on them it’s just a matter of time before those imbeciles Finnish cutting their throats and the brainless advertisers realize that they too are going down the drain with them, boycott their advertisers and we will be rid of them.

Paul gaudry
Paul gaudry
3 months ago
Reply to  Carol Peterson

Today’s jounalists are a product of our failing universities that have been affected by the liberal professors who are about 80 percent of all university professors brain washing our youth with there extreme and radical liberal philosophy with no regard for. Balance of opions by the other side to be expressed.how have we let this happen to our universities wake up people grow a spine speak up to put an end to this miscarriage of justice

Spike
4 months ago

Fox is bashing Trump and spreading lies that I no longer watch them .

George G. Dovey
George G. Dovey
4 months ago
Reply to  Spike

And they are giving Gov. Cuomo a platform for the 2020 election. Why should he go nationwide for hours daily? FOX is helping out the Dem Party to get out of the hole thy put themselves into. We are switching to Newsmax news, and would go to One American News (OAN) if monopoly Comcast would carry it. What ever happened to breaking up monopolies like Ma Bell was?

Tom
Tom
4 months ago

Cuomo announced that he has no intention of running for president. He’s following the rule that you never get onto a sinking ship.

Don
Don
4 months ago

Good question but i don’t trust Cuomo at all. As far as Fox is concerned they may be leading but they’ve gone downhill big time and are untrustworthy also.

JohnL
JohnL
4 months ago
Reply to  Don

Yes, FOX is trying to “mainstream” themselves by including numerous Libturds in their lineup. The more Libturds, the less I read.

FOX is too stupid to realize that their audience is 99% conservative. Once a viable competitor emerges, viewers will leave.

At this point OANN is not A viable replacement. News is not presented realtime, like reading a newspaper. But…..someday soon?

moriah
moriah
3 months ago
Reply to  Don

Only have too look at RINO
Paul Ryan on their board to figure that one out!

Leslie Leslie
Leslie Leslie
3 months ago
Reply to  Spike

I agree Fox is being stupid and they will pay with the price of lower Ratings. The people are the ones that pay for their new buildings! now they think they too can spread false Propaganda against our president. We love this man President Trump whom gave up everything to be President, unlike Our last president who came in broke with slippery educational credentials, even more questions if he was even American, His faith was a church that dammed God with despise for Gods love truth and also dammed America. Then Obama Destroyed every American institution and embodiment of what it is to be American including our flag and our faith, and marriage. God please help us all.

Yvonne Bennett
3 months ago
Reply to  Spike

I understand that Fox was bought by Disney who is a left supporter. Maybe we should boycott Disney too.

Candy Shoemaker
Candy Shoemaker
3 months ago
Reply to  Yvonne Bennett

I heard that they have 2 Dems running it and they want to turn it into a media like the others. They don’t want it to all conservative anymore. Whatever they’re doing it’s a shame.

charlie
charlie
4 months ago

Senile, lying Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is both power hungry and Batshit Crazy!

Lew
Lew
4 months ago

Very well written! Good statement

James
James
4 months ago

CNN sucks

Jcatherine
Jcatherine
4 months ago

CNN is a sad excuse for “news reporting.” Fox may still be high in the ratings game, but, rest assured, they will tumble also. They are slowly, but surely, playing to the liberal leftist agenda. They got rid of many conservative journalists that challenged the ‘soros crowd’, and hired sleazy bobble-heads (won’t name her) like the moron that gave hilly the questions for her town hall in 2016. Go figure. Murdock’s kids are socialists…just like msm’s parrots.

DOMINIC PASQUAROSA
DOMINIC PASQUAROSA
4 months ago

I bet CNN and MSNBC is number one in communist CHINA!!! Maybe they are Xi Jingping’s favorite news stations from the USA!

Steve
Steve
4 months ago

Probably true!

Be funny to Blitzer and Scarborough speaking Chinese.

Jimmy Jensen
Jimmy Jensen
4 months ago

North Korea loves CNN.

Lori Tyson
Lori Tyson
4 months ago

Any way you cut it, That is too old to be taking care of the People’s Business, especially when you want to run the country as bad as Nancy does. We the people do not need any more investigations by this Congress that only wants to work against this President. We want to see term limits brought up for a vote. We have to many career politicians. It’s time they have to earn their keep. Push for term limits. Clean House and help the People.Probably

Don
Don
4 months ago
Reply to  Lori Tyson

Dems haven’t been interested in regular folks for decades…..only power. It’s a sad thing the indoctrinated can’t see that and think for themselves. And I have to wonder who’s outside money is influencing Fox now too.

glenn edward davis
glenn edward davis
4 months ago
Reply to  Don

Conservative Rupert sent his sons to Liberal Colleges not ever dreaming that they would become indoctrinated Liberals. No outside money needed.

Phil
Phil
4 months ago
Reply to  Don

Just look who they have brought aboard recently-Paul Ryan on the Board of Directors? And Donna Brazielle (sp?)? Both anti-Trump, both power-hungry!

Paul gaudry
Paul gaudry
3 months ago
Reply to  Phil

What a disgrace what are they thinking time for a new real conservative news station some of us have stoped watching Fox only Hannity and Laura.are worth watching anymore.

Lew
Lew
4 months ago
Reply to  Lori Tyson

The politicians aren’t going to let that happen unless we truly start voting them out. I agree with all your points, good post.

DetroitDom
DetroitDom
4 months ago

Now the four “C”s of the main stream media seem to stand for:
– corrupt
– criminal
– careless
– conniving

George G. Dovey
George G. Dovey
4 months ago
Reply to  DetroitDom

Bingo!

Don
Don
4 months ago
Reply to  DetroitDom

Good one and true.

Diane
Diane
4 months ago

cnn deserves to be OUT OT BUSINESS!!!! I HOPE THAT’S IN THEIR FUTURE!

grinnie
4 months ago
Reply to  Diane

Diane, GeorgieSoros isn’t going to let cnn go out of business…..unfortunately.

Fred A Nunley
Fred A Nunley
4 months ago

Sadly, this has been going on since 2007, if not before.

h8aliar
4 months ago

Jake who?

ANI4ANI
ANI4ANI
3 months ago
Reply to  h8aliar

CRAPPER

PW
PW
4 months ago

It sure would be interesting to see what their mission statement is at CNN, could it be spare no expense to push our liberal agenda no matter how many viewers we lose? Aren’t you able to preach your insane ideology to more people if you have more viewers or is this one of those illogical strategies like ‘lead from behind’?

Donald E Aldinger
Donald E Aldinger
4 months ago

Recently, I took a survey and polled 500 people here in my hometown asking, “Do you watch CNN and believe their FAKE NEWS”? Of the 500 responses, 17 answered YES! Great job, CNN, nobody watches your village idiots as Don Lemon, Cuomo, and Anderson Cooper!!!

Lew
Lew
4 months ago

Really 17?

N A
4 months ago

I for One HOPE that they fall fult on ZERO !!

rev andy hird
rev andy hird
4 months ago

C N N
crap news network says it all.

Ed
Ed
4 months ago
Reply to  rev andy hird

crap Not news says it too!

oldefarte
oldefarte
4 months ago
Reply to  rev andy hird

Creeps, Nitwits and Nonsense. Certainly Not News. Chinese National News. Communist News Network. Constant Noxious Noise… Keep it going, folks.

chris g hastings
chris g hastings
4 months ago

CNN is pitiful but PMSNBC is actually worse if that’s possible

oldefarte
oldefarte
4 months ago

A mere 20 minutes of watching CNN (anything on CNN – the drivel is the same, only the loathsome personality spewing it changes – and not by much… I mean, seriously, can anyone distinguish Don Lemon from Trevor Noah or Brian Stelter from an oversized, latex sex toy) is enough to convince any rational person that it would be utterly impossible for any other purported news network to be even remotely as bad. And yet… and yet… even 5 minutes of exposure to MSNBC is proof not only that they are as bad as but actually worse than CNN. CNN may epitomize “Fake News”, but MSNBC has no news at all – it is literally nothing more than the psychotic fantasies of its on air personalities. I mean, seriously, ever listen to Rachel Madcow? I don’t think I’ve ever heard her get within a mile of reality. Her monologues are nothing more than stream of consciousness idiocies of possible interest only to herself and a psychiatrist. When Chris Matthews, with his homoerotic fixations on Barack Obama is the closest thing MSNBC had to actual news, you know there’s nothing worth listening to. I guess I should have said “was” the closest thing, since they booted his sorry a*s off the air for an analogy which managed to actually offend the sensibilities of the network brass (or, more likely, pissed off their advertisers).

Lew
Lew
4 months ago

You are so right

Jimmy Jensen
Jimmy Jensen
4 months ago

Fox must only have 14 shows in their lineup. Some of them are 2-3 hours long. 24 hours in a day. Simple math there.

Mike W
Mike W
4 months ago

This is a time for working together and finding solutions – NOT pointing blame and fighting among each other. That said I will point blame once. Having states prepared for emergencies/disasters/pandemics – IS THE GOVERNOR’S JOB. NOT THE PRESIDENT’S!! The president and federal agencies are there to assist the governors in anyway they can – BUT – NOT to do the governors jobs for them. I have seen a steady stream of unprepared governors who even worst ignored warnings for years and spent the money on their PORK PROJECTS – who are now trying to pin their incompetence on President Trump. Don’t let these FAILURES bullshit you.

Hira Koul
4 months ago

The best way to kill a snake is to cut its head! Jeff Zucker, is the snakes head & must be cut. He’s the most afflicted with the RDS (Trump Derangement syndrome). Proof: Soon after, Trump assumed office, Jeff was so incense, he went to Israel, to dig up some dirt, while others were, looking to Russia! No takers in Israel, as Trump, is the most popular US President, in Israel! His (Jeff Zucker), affliction, over the last three, years, has gotten worse! So, unless, he’s (Zucker)axed, things @ CNN, will continue to deteriorate. When you’re in a hole, digging deeper, does NOT get you out!

Ismail Lopez
Ismail Lopez
4 months ago

so what! about pelosi! u stupid!! Tam! 79 or 80 it doesn’t matter nobody gives a shit!!! about Pelosi all we want herr!!! out!!! she’s just an obstrucnist!!! useless!!! helpless!! pathetic!! lier!! she’s the speaker of the house that can’t even do and hold her job!! cuz she ain’t even speaker of the house!!!

ANNA
ANNA
4 months ago

KARMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Walt Thatcher
Walt Thatcher
4 months ago

CNN SUCKS. CNN IS FAKE NEWS, AMERICANS NO LONGER TRUST THE NETWORKS PEOPLE. THEY CONTINUE TO BASH THE POTUS AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. ACOSTA AND OTHERS THAT CONTINUE TO REPORT FAKE NEWS AND AGGERVATE THE POTUS HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TURN TO FOX AND OTHER NETWORKS FOR REPORTING THE NEWS. THE BOSSES IN CHARGE OF CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS SHOULD ALL BE FIRED FOR ALLOWING THEIR JOURNALIST TO BASH THE POTUS AND CONTINUE TO AGGREVATE THE REPBLICAN PARTY.

Stephen Norman
Stephen Norman
4 months ago

Maybe Trump should take a page from the DNC and only give seats to news outlets that are in the top 5 (maybe 3) nationwide. Then institute a TIME TO CLOSE THE DOOR on the daily breifings.any news agency on the list to enter and report needs to be fully set up 10 min to the announced hour of the news briefing/conference.
Play with the bull and you get the horn.
In this case the gong.

luis cabrera ahorrio
luis cabrera ahorrio
4 months ago

Like the people call it , the FAKE NEWS MEDIA ,CNN,MSNBC,CBS,NBC,ABC,and now PBS who would have though !

Gilbert
Gilbert
4 months ago

As long they have reporters like Acosta,lemon and Cuomo excluding the truth they’re ratings will keep going the tubes FAKE IS FAKE DOES. They should be honest about themselves and report the News with honesty and integrity and the vendetta they have against our President and maybe, just maybe the people might show a little interest. With most people when asked did see the news..ON CNN THEIR RESPOND NO THAT’S FAKE NEWS.

Greg
Greg
4 months ago

It was inevitable. CNN has stupided itself into the obscurity it has chased so vigorously for so long. Where will the TDS sufferers go to get their daily dose of idiotic hatred?

Juan
Juan
4 months ago

Andrew Cuomo is credited with coming up with his father’s campaign attack against Ed Koch in 1982 in which he started using “Elect Cuomo not the homo”…..If a Republican had used this HATE SPEECH his career would have ended…..but the BIASED and DISHONEST media always cover for DemoRats….

Dennis
Dennis
4 months ago

Hey Jimmy, consider this…not everyone is watching the 14 Fox shows at the same time. Not as simple math as you propose if YOU really think about it! What we do know is fewer are watching the Fake news cnn. D

Paul
Paul
4 months ago

Only the weak minded sheep will believe anything cnn and the msm tell them.

John Vieira
4 months ago

Any of the MSM, especially CNN, will not be missed…

Jcatherine
Jcatherine
4 months ago

How does cnn stay on cable? Funding from anti-American billionaires? Hmmmmm….perhaps congress would wish to investigate THAT? Probably not, an action such as that may expose too many of those members.

Buddy
Buddy
4 months ago

It’s time to ask where their money comes from. When a company follows a business model that destroys it’s profits, shareholders normally demand answers.
When viewers drop so do the advertisers so where are they getting their funding and from who? Destroying America with lies is their only profile. They are a National Security risk. They need to be investigated but since we have no DOJ I am not sure who would do it.

Gerry
Gerry
4 months ago
Reply to  Buddy

My educated guess would be the pathetic scumbag soros.

Paul gaudry
Paul gaudry
3 months ago
Reply to  Buddy

Oh we have a doj they are firmly in the cabal left behind by.Obama Barr needs to get much more aggressive and clean house.

Bill
Bill
4 months ago

When you continue to suck…this is what happens. There is only one real news network in America today and that is ONE AMERICA NEWS !

Bill
Bill
4 months ago

When you suck this is what happens.

Michael A. Gilliam
Michael A. Gilliam
3 months ago

Every single one of these “news” outlets enjoys tax incentives for providing information to the public. With all of the lies printed or aired about the President and other Conservatives, it’s time to remove those incentives immediately.

Dude
Dude
3 months ago

The msm has switched from Russia talking points to china’s talking points…anyone but America’s. Why do liberals love dictators? I haven’t seen one they haven’t liked. I think they all would be much happier living in North Korea.

Mikey
Mikey
3 months ago

CNN seems unaware that the chickens have come home to roost.

tony
3 months ago

What do you expect when you hire a LEMON?????

Ginger
Ginger
3 months ago

CNN, MSNBC, WAPO, and NYT are no longer news outlets. They are fake news propaganda. People are starting to see the truth, so I’m glad to see the ratings dropping. I would love to see CNN and MSNBC and WAPO and the NYT all go under. They deserve it.

Michelle
Michelle
3 months ago

I change the channel when FNC brings on any of their “dem garbage creators” on the show. OAN and Newsmax are the go to stations for real honest news! Most of the people who watch the news are educated and intelligent and they are not going to fall for the likes of CNN and MSNBC, CBS, ABC and NBC. Unless, of course they are part of the deranged liberals, who only understand hate and how to be destructive!
Stay strong America! We will win against this virus and the despicable democrats!
TRUMP 2020!

Sirdirkfan
Sirdirkfan
3 months ago

CNN has been having poor ratings for a very long time so it should’ve been dead and the CNN taken off the building and the building sold by now – but it isn’t happening.

John McFadden
John McFadden
3 months ago

CNN = CLINTON NEWS NETWORK.

Nr
Nr
3 months ago

Bella Pelosi, better known as Dracula. Sneaked in a 1 billion Dollar funding for Plan Parenthood (The abortion factory) and other things that have nothing to do with the Coronavirus bill. Evil and Devious indeed! Never let a crisis go to waste is one of the Demoncrat 10 Satanic Commandments.

Wuhan Virus Bioweapon AKA: China Virus, Coronavirus weaponized by China and their treasonous Godless demoncratic Commie party and cohorts Soros the MSM fake media, academia, Hollywood, Millennials.RINOs..to crash the greatest US economy ever! And to take down the greatest president ever, President Trump!! Keep up the great work President Trump! 2020 and beyond! From the Patriots of a Commie Demoncrat deadly virus?

Bill Chandler
3 months ago

Its great that so many good people have responded to the Down fall of CNN,MSNBC and the rest of the fake news group. Folks the only thing that is keeping CNN & Msnbc going is that piece of crap George Sores. He should of been fined every penny he has and deported years ago for the damage he has done to this country. We will have to hang in there for another few months when President Trump is reelected and Republicans replace the dirt bag Democrets and I believe we will see some hugh changes in this country for the good. God that Rachael,gay as the day is long is enough to make a maggot puck, along with pretty boy Lemon.

Tom
Tom
3 months ago

I know what! CNN – you need to get Jim Acousta (The Mouth) to figure away to stop the slide in oblivion!

Jcatherine
Jcatherine
3 months ago

Fox may be higher in ratings, but, they’re just riding on previous ratings…their viewers will be/have been greatly disappointed for few years now i.e., Donna Brazile, Chris Wallace, etc. As for cnn, who funds them? They cannot be turning a profit.

Dr Roberts
Dr Roberts
3 months ago

All of these broadcast Reporting’s are fake..jockeying for rating … every one of the are guilty of creating news and not reporting it…. everyone’s an expert – hell you can be an expert. It’s reality television with 20 commercials
Just read … go get a book and read