America’s economy is as strong as it’s ever been, yet as the expansion continues uninterrupted, one industry in particular continues to shrink. The media.
While job growth in 2019 topped 180,000 per month, media giants Verizon, Gannett, Highsnobiety, and CBC, among others, shed 7,800 jobs. CNN’s prime-time ratings plummeted to three year lows. The most recent Democrat presidential debate was the least watched yet – a record previously set by the one before it.
Nobody is tuning into liberalism – but not everyone in the media is tanking harder than Elizabeth Warren’s poll numbers.
As The Hill reported:
Fox News averaged 2.5 million viewers per night in 2019, the most in its 23-year history, making the network the most-watched channel on basic cable.
According to Nielsen Media Research, Fox News beat out ESPN, with its 1.78 million viewers, and third-place MSNBC, which drew an average of 1.75 million viewers in prime time. Fox topped its cable competitors for a fourth straight year, Nielsen said.
CNN finished 22nd, with an average of 972,000 viewers per night.
Of the top five cable shows, four are on FNC. They are: “Hannity,” with 3.3 million, followed by “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” with 3.1 million. MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” was third, with 2.78 million, followed by Fox’s “The Ingraham Angle,” with 2.57 million, and “The Five” at 2.55 million.
One pressing remains question unanswered: who are these 972,000 people tuning in to CNN every night? The world may never know.