CNN’s Ratings Fall Below Newsmax

(Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Nicole Silverio Media Reporter
Font Size:

CNN’s primetime average total viewership plummeted below Newsmax on Friday.

The network averaged 335,000 viewers in primetime, while Newsmax reeled in 357,000 viewers, Forbes reported. Fox News came in first place with 1.4 million viewers and MSNBC placed in second with 1,084 million.

CNN defeated Newsmax in the key 25-54 demographic with an average of 87,000 views, the outlet reported. Fox News dominated in the demo with 109,000 viewers and MSNBC averaged 98,000. Newsmax came in fourth averaging 45,000 viewers.

CNN’s viewership in the 25-54 demo went up in the last few Fridays, as Fox News’ and MSNBC’s went down, numbers show.

Newsmax’s 8 p.m. program, “Eric Bolling The Balance,” defeated CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” by 20,000 views. Bolling’s show received 467,000 views and Cooper’s garnered 447,000, Forbes reported. CNN’s 9 p.m. program, “The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper” trailed behind Newsmax’s “Chris Plante The Right Squad,” as the CNN program averaged 293,000 viewers and Plante’s show garnered 325,000 viewers.

The pattern continued at the 10 p.m. hour, with Newsmax’s “Greg Kelly Reports” receiving 278,000 views and CNN’s “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace” garnered 263,000, the outlet reported. (RELATED: Trump Says CNN ‘Rightfully Desperate’ To Get His High Ratings)

CNN has suffered in ratings in the past year, reaching its lowest viewership in history at the end of 2022. The network averaged a little over a half million viewers in a day, and slightly over 120,000 in the key 25-54-year-old advertiser demographic.

Fox News has repeatedly dominated CNN and MSNBC’s ratings. In May 2022, both networks scored the lowest in total viewers, as CNN had an average of 511,000 daytime views and 545,000 primetime viewership and MSNBC had 753,000 daytime viewership overall and 1 million primetime views. Fox News had a total average viewership of 1.72 million.

Newsmax’s ratings soared on the first night following Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson’s exit from Fox News. The “Tucker Carlson Tonight” replacement, “Fox News Tonight,” has dropped in the key 25-54 demo and in average viewership.

Since Carlson’s departure, Fox News’ viewership has been down in the 25-54 memo as a portion its audience shifted to Newsmax.

Nicole Silverio

Follow Nicole Silverio on Twitter @NicoleMSilverio