CNN and MSNBC ratings plummet, Fox News triumphs in wake of ‘no collusion’

By Peter Barry Chowka

March 27, 2019

The long awaited news on Sunday that the Mueller Report had exonerated President Trump of collusion with Russia instantly shed major new light on the complicity of the mainstream media in perpetrating the mass delusion of collusion.  The news also had an immediate and potentially game-changing impact on the cable news television ratings.

Starting on Sunday and continuing all day Monday, CNN and MSNBC — the two cable “news” channels that over the past two years have morphed into high-impact electronic facilitators of the anti-Trump resistance — saw their ratings plummet…precipitously.  Meanwhile, the Fox News Channel (FNC), the only mainstream media outlet to even question the whole collusion meme from the outset, trounced the competition.  On Monday, Fox News had more than twice as many viewers — in both total numbers and in the preferred 25- to 54-year-old demographic — than MSNBC and CNN combined.  According to Nielsen Media Research, FNC surpassed CNN and MSNBC combined in every hour on Monday from 5 P.M. to 12 midnight, while CNN had its second lowest weekday prime-time ratings of 2019 and its third lowest demo of the year.

Obviously energized and invigorated by the positive official news absolving President Trump of collusion, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham, FNC’s three prime-time hosts, did some of their best shows ever on Monday.  Greatly assisting their efforts was their access to and the expert editing and presentation of an archive of video clips of CNN and MSNBC hosts and guests projecting the demise of President Trump and predicting his indictment at the hands of Special Counsel Robert Mueller going back to 2016 and right up to last week.  The unequivocal description of the Mueller Report by Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — namely, that that there was no collusion with Russia on the part of Trump and his campaign to impact the 2016 presidential election — gave added meaning to the clips and to the analysis by the hosts and guests all evening on Fox News.

As a constant viewer of cable news and a veteran reporter and analyst of the business behind the flat screen and before that the tube, going back decades, I hadn’t experienced such a natural high since the evening of November 8, 2016, when Donald J. Trump was declared the winner of the presidency.

Sean Hannity’s exceptional Monday show was not interrupted by a commercial break until 45 minutes into the one-hour program.  This unusual format allowed the host almost a full half-hour for his opening monologue, “Mainstream media has lied to you for years” (transcript, video), which began:

We have so much to unpack here.  I’m just telling you tonight, it’s the tip of the iceberg.  This will take months.

Stay with us.  I have so many details.  And we are holding everyone accountable.

Mueller’s report on Russia election interference finds, as we have been telling you, zero collusion between the president, his campaign, and Russia.  Tonight, Newt Gingrich, Senator Lindsey Graham, the great one Mark Levin, Rudy Giuliani, Jay Sekulow will be here in just a moment.

My opening monologue and how we got here, what it means — and more importantly where do we go forward. …

Many of you since yesterday have been writing to me and you want me to spike the football.  I am not in any type of celebratory mood.  This is a time where every American that now knows the truth should be angry at what has happened here to all of America.  I am ticked off, and the rest of the country should be, too.

This is only the first chapter.  This must be a day of reckoning for the media, for the Deep State, for people who abused power — and did it so blatantly.

On Monday evening, Fox News not only exceeded the number of viewers of MSNBC and CNN combined.  It also beat two of the broadcast network channels, including CBS, which ran a Mueller Report special, and ABC, which programmed Fix It.

In 2017 and into 2018, I reported extensively in a series of articles for American Thinker on the cable news wars and the low and high points of Fox News.  After 15 years of ratings dominance, Fox News in early 2017 was in trouble: its brilliant co-founder and CEO Roger Ailes had been forced out in July 2016, and months of tumult followed, including the upending of FNC’s dominant prime time schedule early in 2017 with the departures of hosts Megyn Kelley and Bill O’Reilly. After the disastrous summer of 2017, Fox News righted itself with the strongest conservative prime time opinion line-up in its 20+ year history, with Carlson, Hannity, and Ingraham holding down 8–11 P.M. E.T.

According to most metrics, in 2018 and 2019 to date, FNC has held on to its overall ratings lead, well ahead of not only its cable news competition, but almost all other cable television channels as well.  It was often bested in prime time, however, by MSNBC and its virulent, one-sided, non-stop anti-Trump programming, especially in the 9 P.M., hour when resistance icon Rachel Maddow often beat Sean Hannity in the demo and sometimes in total viewers.

The ratings success of MSNBC and to a lesser extent CNN — which usually did much better in the demo compared with its paltry numbers of total viewers — suggested that the strategy of the executives at NBC and CNN starting in November 2016 to go all-out 24/7 anti-Trump was paying off.

The collapse of the ratings for these two resistance channels since this past weekend, however, may be a sign that not only is their heyday coming to an end — but the whole political game in the wake of the Mueller Report has changed and, with it, the prospects for the looming presidential campaign and the re-election of President Trump in 2020.

On Tuesday evening, an email from Fox News Media Relations informed me that “Sean Hannity will present an exclusive interview with President Donald Trump on Wednesday, March 27th at 9 PM ET [with a replay at 10 P.M. P.T].  During the interview, President Trump will react to Attorney General William Barr’s summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report and discuss the latest [news] surrounding his administration, including border security.” (Click to Source)

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Putin Asks For ‘Proof And Evidence’ Of Election Interference After President Trump Confronts Him, Contrary To CNN’s ‘Fake News’ Before The Meeting


By Susan Duclos – All News PipeLine

When President Trump spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit, the Russian President asked for the one thing that President Trump could not provide after President Trump pressed him on the issue of election interference, (something CNN once again claimed he would not do according to their “sources”) the same thing that millions of Americans have been asking for since the first report was issued by the DNI saying that three intelligence agencies had “concluded” the Russians interference in the 2016 presidential election by hacking into the DNC servers and in turn handing over to Wikileaks to publish the DNC and Podesta emails for public dissemination.

“Proof and evidence” of that claim, something that the intelligence report never offered Americans that have been asking for the same things, simply expecting everyone to “trust them.”


Before getting into the meat and potatoes of the headlined portion of this article, it would be remiss of us to not highlight that once again CNN has been caught spewing “fake news,” which is perfectly represented in the screen shots below, via Matt Wolking, the images pretty much say it all.

CNN Before The Trump/Putin Meeting: Unnamed sources claim President Trump will not speak about election meddling with President Putin.

CNN After The Trump/Putin Meeting: Trump began meeting with Putin by raising concerns on 2016 election meddling.

At this point I don’t know if White House “sources” are just jerking CNN around knowing if they they give them anything that is considered “anti-Trump” they will run with it without even bothering to confirm and verify, or if CNN is just making up even having any WH “sources” left, but coming on top of a very bad month for CNN with false stories, retractions, deletions, apologies and three employees being forced to resign, followed by CNN’s “Worst Week In Washington,” after threatening and blackmailing an anonymous internet meme maker, this is just the latest evidence of the network simply going down in flames. (More here and here)


Moving along, reports indicate that not only did President Trump speak to President Putin about election interference, but he pressed the issue more than once, but the Russian President finally asked for the one thing that many Americans have been asking for… proof and evidence,” which is something no one has ever produced regarding Russian “meddling” in the 2016 election.

The Russians, speaking after the meeting, claimed that Trump accepted the denial – but Tillerson did not. Instead he said the issue may simply be an ‘intractable disagreement.’ Tillerson also said the Russians pushed Trump for proof and evidence of meddling, something which the president himself had doubted in public as recently as Thursday. (Click to Site)

Every person labeled a “conspiracy theorist” for declaring CNN to be fake news was just completely vindicated


(Natural News) Well, the verdict is in, and it doesn’t bode well for mainstream media outlets like CNN that basically invented the false narrative and ran with it. It’s the claim that President Trump and his administration have direct ties to Russia, a completely made-up lie that’s officially been exposed as such, leading to three (and possibly more on the way) CNN employees “resigning” in a last-ditch effort to salvage any remaining credibility that the Atlanta-based fake news network believes it still has.

The lynchpin was an article posted to that claimed Trump advisor Anthony Scaramucci, a hedge fund manager and confidant to the president, was linked to investments in Russia. He wasn’t, of course, and once CNN realized that it didn’t have any leg to stand on as far as the story was concerned, it pulled the story from its site. But not before the world took notice and set the house of cards into a free fall.

CNN quickly tried to apologize for the story, and three top journalists quickly bailed as a way to try to smooth things over. But this didn’t really work, and President Trump quickly announced the retraction of this “big story on ‘Russia,’” asking what will become of “all the other phony stories they do.” Mr. Trump followed this up by once again declaring CNN to be “FAKE NEWS!”

“It’s over for CNN,” writes Dawn Luger for The Daily Sheeple. “The media giant has been busted using propaganda and false narratives to promote an ‘anti-Trump’ agenda … For once, ‘conspiracy theorists’ don’t sound like looney birds.” (Click to Article)

BREAKING: Assange Just Told CNN They Have 48 Hours Until WikiLeaks Destroys Them


2017 is going to be a big year for Conservatives and those tired of Democrats ruining this great Nation. WikiLeaks single handedly dismantled the Clinton campaign and exposed more corruption than we ever imaged.

Following the election, many have wondered if WikiLeaks and Julian Assange will quietly go away or keep fighting for justice. If you wanted them to keep fighting to expose corruption, you are in for a treat as WikiLeaks has selected their first target of the year: CNN.

They are tired of the disgusting behavior of the mainstream media and they threatening to sue CNN now for their inflammatory remarks

WikiLeaks has issued a 48 hour warning to CNN and if they do not retract all of their inflammatory statements, videos, and article, they will take the mega media corporation to court and sue them for defamation.

CNN initially thought they could just issue an apology and that would satisfy Assange. Think again.

WikiLeaks also argued that they will expose CNN outside of the courtroom, too, if they continue to play these games. (Click to Article)


In a story that is getting more surreal by the minute, a post on 4Chan now claims that the infamous “golden showers” scene in the unverified 35-page dossier, allegedly compiled by a British intelligence officer, was a hoax and fabricated by a member of the chatboard as “fanfiction”, then sent to Rick Wilson, who proceeded to send it to the CIA, which then put it in their official classified intelligence report on the election.

Here is 4Chan’s explanation of how the story came to light:

>/pol/acks mailed fanfiction to anti-trump pundit Rick Wilson about trump making people piss on a bed obama slept in

>he thought it was real and gave it to the CIA

>the central intelligence agency of the united states of america put this in their official classified intelligence report on russian involvement in the election

>donald trump and obama have both read this pol/acks fanfiction

>the cia has concluded that the russian plans to blackmail trump with this story we made up

just let that sink in what we have become. (Click to Article)

How 4chan trolled the CIA, CNN and BuzzFeed with hilarious fantasy that got reported as real news (infographic)


(NaturalNews) (See INFOGRAPHIC below) From

CNN and BuzzFeed just hit a whole new low as the world’s dirtiest “sleaze journalism” rags after being caught publishing erotic fanfiction fantasies as “CIA intelligence facts” to attack Donald Trump.

The revelations are astonishing and deeply damning to CNN and BuzzFeed, both of which utterly abandoned the most basic journalistic ethics in their rush to publish anything — including completely fabricated “fake news” — that might damage Donald Trump. 


(Click to Article)