CNN Drops to 3rd Place in Primetime for First Time

Saturday, March 28, 2009

TV CNN in Third

CNN is dying. Don’t cry, Anderson.

The once mighty CNN is poised to finish March third in the prime-time weeknight ratings behind Fox News Channel and MSNBC  — the first time this has ever happened for the channel that pioneered the cable news genre nearly three decades ago.

While CNN says its overall business is healthy, it continues to suffer more audience erosion than its rivals since the peak days of the presidential election.

CNN’s ratings news “is very significant,” said Frank Sesno, a former CNN Washington bureau chief and now a professor at George Washington University. “This is a big problem,” says Sesno.

The most peculiar part of CNN’s prime-time schedule is Campbell Brown’s bizarre 8PM show that bills itself as “No BS, No Bull.” Up against the hugely popular Bill O’Reilly and MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, Brown’s audience is smaller than any prime-time show on the three networks.

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19 Responses to CNN Drops to 3rd Place in Primetime for First Time

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    I haven’t watched CNN in years and I didn’t watch them during the primaries or the election. What genius at CNN decided they should fire all of the original network journalists and replace them with Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper? If Ted Turner is reading this, please do us a favor and buy CNN back and clean house.

  2. Adirondacky says:

    I turned on CNN yesterday at lunch hoping to hear something about Obama escalating U.S. troop involvement in Afghanistan and instead saw an African American anchor, yapping with an African American reporter, who breathlessly reported on an African American rapper. Now, I’m all for diversity but does CNN really think their audience cares about a rapper in Atlanta?

  3. emcee says:

    I’m a black man and I think CNN has become too ghetto.

    When I want news and information and not some electronic social engineering experiment. If I want that jive, I can watch BET.

  4. Peace Nick says:

    You know what really annoys me at CNN? The on-air anchor delivers a partial sentence and they cut away to commercial.

    “President Obama is meeting with the leaders of the banking industry today………,” and the screen goes to a commericial.

    So, I’ve gone to MSNBC.

  5. Woodcliffe says:

    Can someone tell me why Anderson Cooper is on TV?

    I know his mummy is a wealthy socialite and lots of women and gay men go gaga over him, but am I the only one who just doesn’t buy Cooper as a serious journalist? He reminds me of one of the fashion or food critics on Bravo.

  6. feminazi says:

    I never bought he notion of Wolf Blitzer as a news journalist. I remember him from his days working as a lobbyist for AIPAC. When he suddenly appeared on CNN I was appalled. It’s clear to me that CNN has an agenda and their agenda is every bit as real as it the agenda at FOX, or for that matter, at MSNBC.

  7. toujoursdan says:

    I gave up on all of them. The punditry is just too stupid for me. I don’t need to be told what my opinion should be, nor do I want to watch wall-to-wall coverage of the latest white woman socialite who’s been stabbed by her husband. It’s infotainment and it’s not very good infotainment.

    I get American news from the NY Times, NPR or, sometimes, CNN International, otherwise I just stick to the BBC World, CBC Newsworld, Al Jazeera English, Deutsche Welle and France 24 over the internet or on satellite TV.

  8. Rachel says:

    When Turner owned the station, they had some of the best and brightest news people on the payroll. But as soon as he sold it, they started to decline. I can’t say I’ve watched CNN much in the pasy 4 or 5 years. There’s just no reason what with MSNBC.

  9. bradfrmphnx says:

    You can bet things will get shaken up over there now. I must admit that I watch CNN. I love Robin Meade in the morning. And I enjoy Fareed Zakaria on the weekends. So I don’t see what some of my fellow posters are seeing with them.

    I absolutely can’t stand the not so “fair and balanced” reporting from FOX News.

  10. DMason says:

    I’m not a CNN guy. I like MSNBC for Keith and Rachel in the evenings but even then, I don’t tune in each night. News can wear me out and I get most of my information from the blogs.

  11. cnn stopped being a true “news” organization when turner sold it — then again ALL of them arent news organizations – they are just another form of entertainment like E!, with ratings the only drivers

    when CNN (or sister station HLN) had beck that was enough for me. beck is a fuck – period – and if a “respectable” organization finds it important to give a putz like beck a show, their advertisers can find some other eyeballs.

    ps – fox is and never was respectable. anything that has roger ailes stink on it is a corroded mass of vile blubber.

  12. Conejo1982 says:

    Who actually “owns” CNN?

    I have a vague recollection of Turner selling it but I don’t recall who he sold the network too?

    I never understood why the post-CNN rarely bothers to use the infinitely qualified Christiane Amanpour any longer? Isn’t she pretty enough or young enough for CNN’s admittedly low standards? And Anderson Cooper, sorry but he ain’t no journalist. Just because he pranced around in the Prada in the mud after Katrina doesn’t make him Walter Cronkite.

  13. Harry says:

    I always said, Anderson Cooper has a job because middle-aged women and gay men have the hots for him.

  14. R.J. says:

    AOL/Time Warner owns CNN.

    I still watch the last thirty minutes of Robin Meade in the mornings, plus Ali Velshi & Christine Romans for the financial stuff and Geri Willis for the real estate. Otherwise, I don’t care much for the rest of their programming.

  15. Idaho Librul says:

    I didn’t know AOL/Time Warner is the owner of CNN.

    In any event, I personally can’t stand CNN. Wolf Blitzer grinds on my nerves and he doesn’t listen to the people he’s allegedly interviewing.

    As far as Anderson Cooper, he leaves me cold. He’s like looking at a dead fish.

  16. jimmy says:

    Anderson should just leave CNN and go to E or Bravo and do a talk show with Kathy Griffin…I would watch that.

  17. JollyRoger says:

    There’s already a FOX. We don’t need the Cheerleaders’ Neutered Network.

  18. libhomo says:

    CNN has tried to be too much like Faux News. It is costing them.

  19. taco says:

    CNN is dying. Don’t cry, Anderson.

    I wouldn’t be crying either if I was first in line to inherit mummy’s multi-million dollar estate.

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