After CNN suffered a brutal plunge in ratings during the month of May, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to declare the network “dead.”
“Real @FoxNews is doing great, Fake News CNN is dead!” the president wrote Saturday before retweeting a report stating that Fox News had outperformed CNN for the 197th month straight.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2018
CNN started off with a whopping 23 percent drop in prime-time ratings during just the first two weeks of May, and the network didn’t fare any better during the rest of the month.
In fact, the full month of May saw a 25 percent fall in CNN’s prime-time viewers compared to the same period last year. The network also experienced a 34 percent plummet in the 25-54 age group.David McNew/Getty Images
The ratings drop could potentially be attributed to CNN’s intense coverage of the Stormy Daniels controversy and the investigation into alleged election collusion between Russia and President Trump’s 2016 campaign.
In fact, Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, appeared on CNN a full 59 times during the months of March and April. After that, he continued making appearances on the network, racking them up to 74, according to the Media Research Center. The network also spent significant airtime covering the Russia probe.
Fox News, however, has been steamrolling the cable news competition, garnering a whopping average total day audience in May of 1.4 million viewers and a prime-time average total audience of 2.381 million viewers compared to CNN’s 835,000.
President Trump has frequently lashed out at CNN, which appears to be his least favorite media outlet, calling the network “fake news CNN” on a number of occasions:
Fake News CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories. Ratings way down!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2017