After the long-awaited Mueller report revealed that there was no collusion between Donald Trump and the Russians and no obstruction of justice by the president, the ratings for two of the main purveyors of the Russia lie collapsed.
According to reports, ratings for both CNN and MSNBC absolutely fell through the floor after the Mueller report exposed the cable “news” networks as major liars.
“So these MSNBC and CNN people are in a free fall of ratings decent,” Bill O’Reilly told Glenn Beck on Friday. “They are down, I’d say, 40 percent.”
Bill added that CNN no longer has any program with more than a million viewers, and that Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC has dropped from approximately 3.5 million views per night to around 2.3 million.
Rachel Maddow also saw her ratings totally crash.
Before the Mueller report, Maddow was often clocking in with one of the most-watched cable shows in the nation. But in the days since the release of the Mueller report, her ratings cratered.
According to Fox News:
“The Rachel Maddow Show” saw an average 13 percent decrease in viewership comparing her ratings Monday through Wednesday this week versus last week — Maddow lost nearly a whopping 500,000 viewers on Monday’s show following the release of Barr’s letter compared to her previous Monday show. She also saw a 15 percent decrease in the 25-52 demo audience.
The MSNBC primetime lineup suffered as a whole this week, averaging 2.46 million viewers versus the 2.83 million from last week.
President Trump took a few moments to savor his victory over the fake news outlets.
“Wow, ratings for Morning Joe, which were really bad in the first place, just tanked with the release of the Mueller Report. Likewise, other shows on MSNBC and CNN have gone down by as much as 50%. Just shows, Fake News never wins!” Trump tweeted on Thursday.
Wow, ratings for “Morning Joe,” which were really bad in the first place, just “tanked” with the release of the Mueller Report. Likewise, other shows on MSNBC and CNN have gone down by as much as 50%. Just shows, Fake News never wins!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2019
Meanwhile, Fox has been surging… again.
Meanwhile, Fox News Channel has seen a substantial ratings increase since the findings of the Mueller report were publicized. “Hannity” received over 4 million viewers on Monday, which was more than 1 million additional viewers than the previous Monday. Hannity has successfully held onto his momentum, earning 4.3 million viewers on Wednesday night, when he also received a 32 percent increase in the demo from last week.
FNC’s other primetime hosts, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham, have also benefited since the Mueller report was issued, averaging a 25 percent increase in viewership during primetime this week. They averaged 3.58 million viewers versus last week’s average of 2.72 million viewers.
The chickens are coming home to roost.
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