Conway hits CNN for ‘plateaued’ ratings
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway slammed CNN in an interview published on Thursday, citing the network’s “plateaued” ratings.
“While it is clear that CNN has decided it is better for ratings and revenue to be reflexively anti-Trump, it appears those ratings have plateaued,” Conway told The Hollywood Reporter.
“They should either own or rethink the business model of 24/7, nonreflective invective,” she continued.
President Trump took aim at the network and its president, Jeff Zucker, in a tweet on Tuesday.
Check out the fact that you can’t get a job at ratings challenged @CNN unless you state that you are totally anti-Trump? Little Jeff Zuker, whose job is in jeopardy, is not having much fun lately. They should clean up and strengthen CNN and get back to honest reporting!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2018
CNN came in third for prime-time viewers in the first quarter of 2018, according to Nielsen data released Tuesday.
While the network appeared to lag in prime time, it beat out its cable competitor MSNBC in daytime spots among younger viewers.
However, the network was down double-digits from its performance in the first quarter of 2017 and was down double-digits in total daytime viewership.
Trump and personalities on the network have frequently sparred throughout his presidency.
The president famously dubbed the network “fake news” in 2017, while the network has pushed back on his attack, launching a “Facts First” campaign.