Newsmax Beats CNN as Chris Wallace Suffers Worst Ratings since Launching Show

CNN is continuing to struggle in the ratings, despite the one-day bump President Donald Trump’s town hall delivered.

Trump delivered ratings for the network but the massive audience he pulled in did not stick around.

As the embattled network continues to sink, Newsmax just beat CNN in primetime.

CNN had 335,000 average total viewers from 8 to 11 pm on Friday.

Newsmax, meanwhile, had 357,000 primetime viewers Friday.

Fox News and MSNBC averaged 1.44 million and 1.08 million total average viewers in prime time.

In the key advertiser-coveted 25-54 age demographic, CNN had 87,000 average viewers.

Fox had 109,000 and MSNBC had 98,000 average viewers.

No CNN show had more than 300,000 viewers after 8 p.m. on Friday night.

“Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace” had its lowest-rated hour since it launched on the network.

Wallace’s show fell by 25 percent since its Friday debut.

According to Axios:

CNN’s controversial town hall with former President Donald Trump drew 3.3 million viewers Wednesday night, making CNN the most-watched cable news network of the evening, according to final ratings from Nielsen.

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Why it matters: The event delivered a much-needed ratings boost for CNN, though at a cost.

The network faced blowback from critics and employees who argued it gave the former president a platform to lie in real-time.

The viewing figures for all three networks are as follows:

Total viewers:

  • CNN: 408,000
  • Fox News: 1.36 million
  • MSNBC: 846,000

25-54 Demo:

  • CNN: 86,000
  • Fox News: 159,000
  • MSNBC: 93,000

Primetime averages:

Total viewers:

  • CNN: 335,000
  • Fox News: 1.44 million
  • MSNBC: 1.08 million

25-54 Demo:

  • CNN: 87,000
  • Fox News: 109,000
  • MSNBC: 98,000

Trump fired back at those outraged at CNN for hosting his smash-hit town hall.

“People are criticizing CNN for giving me a Forum to tell the TRUTH,” Trump said.

“I believe it was a very smart thing that they did, with Sky High Ratings that they haven’t seen in a very long time.

“It was by far the biggest Show of the night, the week, and the month.”

READ MORE: Trump Gets Last Laugh as CNN Finally Beats Fox News and MSNBC with His Town Hall

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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