The ratings are in for February, and the numbers are not good for CNN which saw steep losses in its viewership, while the Fox News Channel continued its rise.
According to Nielsen Media Research, CNN’s ratings fell by 21 percent last month in primetime, and 16 percent overall, reports Variety.
Primetime big-name shows such as “Larry King Live,” “Wolf Blitzer Reports,” “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” “Paula Zahn Now” and “Newsnight With Aaron Brown” all experienced double-digit declines.
Only “Anderson Cooper 360″ had a slight increase of 2 percent.
During President Bush’s State of the Union Address, CNN was soundly beaten by Fox, and even lost the key 25-54 demographic to third-place MSNBC.
In contrast, Fox News was the only news network on cable to see viewership increases in February, as it outpaced all other cable news companies combined for the sixth straight month.
“FNC averaged 1.57 million viewers in primetime, up 18 percent from the same period last year, while CNN fell 21 percent to 637,000 viewers from the same time period,” Variety stated.
The growth appeared across the board at Fox News:
Variety says the dismal performance by CNN’s new president Jonathan Klein has led some at Fox to refer to him as “Jon De-cline.”
CNN wasn’t the only network to plunge last month. MSNBC dropped 15 percent overall and 14 percent in primetime. CNBC fell 23 percent overall and 42 percent in primetime.