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CNN sees ratings swoon in April

CNN's prime-time ratings dropped a whopping 26 percent in April compared to last year, according to Nielsen Media Research.

MSNBC's ratings were down 14 percent in April 2019 compared to April 2018, while Fox News's ratings overall were flat.

The sharp decrease for CNN marked its lowest-rated month in total viewers since October 2015.

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In the 25- to 54-year-old demographic that advertisers covet most, it was the network's least-watched month since Aug. 2015. 

In prime time, Fox News finished first with an average of 2.4 million viewers. In April 2018, the network also averaged 2.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

MSNBC was second with an average of 1.66 million viewers, down from 1.93 million in April 2018.

CNN was third with 767,000 average primetime viewers, down from 1.04 million in April 2018.

In the 25–54 demographic, all three networks saw a decline.

Fox News delivered 389,000 viewers, followed by MSNBC's 255,000 and CNN's 198,000 viewers in the category. 

This compared to 483,000 for Fox, 398,000 for MSNBC and 336,000 for CNN in April 2018.
 
The top five shows in cable news were Fox's "Hannity" with an average of 3.086 million viewers, followed by "Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonFox's Brit Hume rips 'radioactive' Trump: 'Utter balderdash' was fed 'into the veins of his supporters' Glenn Beck compares tech's ban on Trump to Nazis putting 'Jews behind the wall' Sacking the Capitol proves free speech is in trouble MORE Tonight" with an average of 2.834 million. MSNBC's "Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowA vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' DC attorney general: Ivanka Trump 'highly misleading' on lawsuit deposition MORE Show" was third with 2.630 million viewers, followed by Fox's "The Ingraham Angle with 2.455 million viewers and "The Five" with 2.4 million in rounding out the Top-5. 

CNN's highest-rated show was "Chris CuomoChris CuomoCNN's Smerconish lauds Trump on ,000 relief checks: 'Most effective thing he's done' post election Pennsylvania AG calls Ted Cruz a 'sad sack' after Trump asks for his help in Texas lawsuit Chris Cuomo on Lindsey Graham: 'You don't mean save the country. You mean save your ass' MORE Primetime," which averaged 917,000 viewers in finishing 26th overall in total viewers among the cable news networks.