CNN’s attempt at reviving its prime-time lineup with the new show King Charles featuring Gayle King and Charles Barkley fell flatter than a pancake. The grand debut of this snooze-fest drew in a measly 501,000 viewers, making it the network’s worst prime-time debut in ten years. In a shocking turn of events (not really), the show was trampled by Fox News and MSNBC in the ratings race, solidifying its position as the least-watched program in its time slot.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 6, 2023
This lackluster talk show, which tried to capture the magic of late-night banter, supposedly pranced around in the same studio that was previously occupied by the now-canceled Cuomo Prime Time. Seems like CNN was hoping to shake off the stench of their previous failed show with some new fancy footwork, but it looks like the audience just isn’t buying it.
While CNN has been struggling to regain its lost glory, King Charles did absolutely nothing to save the day. On the other hand, Fox News continued to reign supreme, pulling in a whopping 1,954,000 viewers, leaving the competition in the dust. Hey, it’s no surprise that when it comes to real news, people flock to Fox like bees to honey.
As if CNN didn’t have enough salt in its wounds, MSNBC also hit a new low, managing to scrape together only 94,000 prime-time viewers. Ouch! It’s clear that these left-leaning networks just can’t hold a candle to the powerhouse that is Fox News.
And just to add insult to injury, Fox News’s The Five snatched the crown as the top cable news show, boasting a handsome average of 2,774,000 viewers. But wait, there’s more! Hannity’s showdown featuring Gov. Ron DeSantis and Gov. Gavin Newsom managed to capture a staggering 4.75 million viewers, leaving the competition eating dust.
In the battle for viewership, it’s crystal clear that conservative news is standing tall while the floundering liberal networks like CNN and MSNBC are sinking faster than a lead balloon.