According to a new report out today, staffers inside CNN are very concerned about the network’s low ratings. Even with the big news that should have theoretically helped CNN in the ratings (Mueller report, new Democratic candidates), CNN didn’t exactly crush the ratings, lagging behind both FOX News and MSNBC. CNN averaged 541,000 total viewers, the report from FOX News notes, and in primetime, CNN averaged 761,000, well behind FOX and MSNBC in Q2.
A CNN insider said, according to the report, that there was widespread concern about the low-ratings — but not from high end talent like primetime anchors Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo or Don Lemon.
“The people that are concerned – it’s certainly not the anchors who have lucrative contracts – it’s the people among the lower levels, such as producers and show bookers,” the insider said.
Another insider told FOX that CNN “is clearly doing something wrong if the ratings are like this,” before asking, “So why don’t we try something different?”
Cuomo Prime Time is CNN’s most-watched show, averaging 910,000 viewers.
A CNN spokesman declined to comment for the FOX article.
It is worth noting FOX is obviously a competitor with CNN. . . and I’ll leave it at that.