CNN is not even on the list of the most watched cable networks in prime time for 2018. This is an absolute disaster for the far left channel which was beaten by not only FOX News and MSNBC but also the Hallmark Channel, the History Channel and TNT.
TV Newser reports:
2018 Year-End Cable Ranker: Fox News, MSNBC, Hallmark Channel Are Among Top Networks to Also Post Audience Growth
America’s most-watched basic cable network remained at the top of the heap in 2018. For the third consecutive year Fox News Channel ranked No. 1 in total viewers, both in prime time and across the 24-hour day (6 a.m. – 6 a.m.)
According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, FNC averaged 2.4 million total viewers in prime time during 2018, +26 percent more than the next closest finisher, ESPN, and 1.4 million total day viewers in 2018, +43 percent more than second place finisher MSNBC. In fact, Fox News was the sole basic cable network to average more than a million viewers across the 24-hour day.
When compared to 2017, Fox News was +1 percent in total prime time viewers.
The majority of the other top cable entertainment networks posted year-over year declines in 2018. This is likely due to the increase in cord cutting, a trend TV news and other networks which broadcast live programming have seemingly proved immune to.
See the list in the tweet below:
TOP 10 MOST-WATCHED basic cable nets in primetime in 2018
1 Fox News 2,434,000
2 ESPN 1,929,000
3 MSNBC 1,802,000
4 HGTV 1,314,000
5 USA 1,291,000
6 TBS 1,262,000
7 TNT 1,171,000
8 Hallmark 1,105,000
9 History 1,038,000
10 Investigation Discovery 1,007,000https://t.co/GD3tF2EkIJ
— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) January 3, 2019
How sad for CNN. They have fallen so far.
NOTE: This post has been updated to clearly state that CNN was not one of the top 10 cable networks in prime time.