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Trump dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' ratings as Tucker Carlson sets record

President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Trump planned to oust acting AG to overturn Georgia election results: report MORE early Wednesday slammed CNN and MSNBC's "Morning Joe" for their ratings during the second quarter, which was dominated by Fox News, even though both cable news networks enjoyed strong viewership in April, May and June with coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and mass protests and unrest following George Floyd's death.

"Can’t believe how badly @CNN has done in the newly released TV ratings. They are so far below @FoxNews (thank you President Trump!) that you can barely find them. Fredo should be given a big pay cut! MSDNC also did poorly," Trump wrote to his 82.6 million followers. "As I have long said, Fake News does not pay!!!"

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Fredo is a reference to a fictional character in "The Godfather" that the president has used before to refer to CNN anchor Chris CuomoChris CuomoOcasio-Cortez says lawmakers fear colleagues sneaking firearms on House floor Ken Burns says US is experiencing its fourth 'great crisis' CNN's Smerconish lauds Trump on ,000 relief checks: 'Most effective thing he's done' post election MORE, who finished the quarter as the network's most-watched personality with an average of 2.21 million viewers. Cuomo still finished third in total viewers in his time slot behind 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, who averaged 3.2 million viewers, and Fox News Channel's Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityMcConnell faces conservative backlash over Trump criticism Almost 7 in 10 oppose Trump pardoning himself: poll Can the GOP break its addiction to show biz? MORE, who delivered 4.31 million viewers for his highest numbers on record, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Overall, Fox News averaged 3.6 million total viewers in prime time ahead of MSNBC, which was second with nearly 2 million. CNN, Home and Garden TV and TLC rounded out the top five cable networks.

"Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden EPA asks Justice Dept. to pause defense of Trump-era rules | Company appeals rejection of Pebble Mine | Energy pick Granholm to get hearing Wednesday Company appeals rejection of controversial Pebble Mine  McConnell faces conservative backlash over Trump criticism MORE Tonight" finished the quarter as the highest-rated program in cable news history, tallying an average of 4.33 million viewers. "Hannity" was a close second, with 4.31 million, followed by three other Fox programs: "The Five," with 3.9 million; "Special Report with Bret Baier," with 3.66 million; and "The Ingraham Angle" with Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamFox News to revamp daytime programming, replace 7 pm news hour with opinion show Sacking the Capitol proves free speech is in trouble FBI: No evidence antifa involved in Capitol riot MORE, with 3.62 million.

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The president early Wednesday also congratulated "Fox & Friends" for its win over MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and CNN's "New Day."

"Congratulations to @foxandfriends on completely dominating the just released morning TV Ratings. Morning Joke, staring Psycho Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughScarborough says he's considering legal action against Trump over conspiracy tweets Sacking the Capitol proves free speech is in trouble Scarborough calls for arrest of Trump, Giuliani and Trump Jr. for insurrection against US MORE on MSDNC, a Concast Company, was a disaster. Even worse was the barely registering @CNN mess!"

The president often lauds "Fox & Friends" and regularly tweets commentary and reaction to segments or discussions featured on the program. Overall, the show averaged 1.6 million total viewers in topping "Morning Joe" and "New Day." The Fox program has won its time slot for 74 consecutive quarters.

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CNN still had its biggest audience in the network's 40-year history in the second quarter, averaging 1.824 million viewers in prime time and 1.124 million in Total Day, which runs from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m.

MSNBC also shattered its own ratings record for the quarter while experiencing considerable growth, with an increase in total viewers of 34 percent when compared to the same quarter of last year.

NBC's "Meet the Press with Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddOfficials brace for second Trump impeachment trial House GOP lawmaker: Trump 'put all of our lives at risk' DC mayor says she's concerned about threats to residential neighborhoods MORE" posted its 10th consecutive quarter as the most-watched Sunday morning political affairs program, averaging 3.814 million total viewers. The quarter marks the show's highest viewership since the first quarter of 2017, when Trump was sworn into office. In terms of growth, "Meet the Press" was up 24 percent among total viewers when compared to the same quarter in 2019.