CNN didn’t have a single program surpass the 1-million viewer plateau on Thursday.
“Anderson Cooper 360” came the closest, averaging 992,000, but “Cuomo Prime Time” lost 40,000 viewers and “Don Lemon Tonight” managed 635,000 to drag down CNN’s primetime average. CNN averaged only 719,000 viewers during the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m. ET, while Fox News averaged 2.08 million during the same time period. CNN has failed to reach more than 1 million total viewers on 16 different days from June 9 through July 8.
CNN struggled to attract viewers throughout the day, starting with “New Day” attracting an audience of 421,000. The primetime lineup of Cooper, Cuomo and Lemon averaged only 914,000 for the entire second quarter. The ratings news came the same day Michael Avenatti was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison after being convicted of trying to extort Nike.
Avenatti gained national prominence by making frequent appearances on CNN and other liberal outlets in 2018 and 2019, as he represented porn star Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against then-President Donald Trump. Avenatti appeared on CNN and MSNBC a combined 230 times over one year, according to a study.
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