CNN Host Brian Stelter Takes Embarrassing Dive in the Ratings

The unpopular show 'Reliable Sources' plummeted to a new low on December 22, when it averaged only 85,000 viewers in key demo

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CNN’s unpopular show  “Reliable Sources” with host Brian Stelter hit an embarrassing new low on December 22, when it averaged only 85,000 viewers.

I think Trump has held rallies with more people than that!

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Stelter regularly boasts about how important the 25-54 demographic is — but his dismal performance marked his lowest viewership of 2019 in that category.


The poor performance from Stelter came as Fox News’ “Media Buzz,” which is in the opposite time slot, absolutely destroyed CNN’s “Reliable Sources” across the board in 2019.

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Fox News reported that Stelter’s “Reliable Sources” averaged only 748,000 total viewers for the year prior to its 2019 finale on December 29, while “Media Buzz” averaged 1.3 million over the same time period.

In addition, CNN’s Sunday morning media show lost 12 percent of its viewers compared to 2018; yet “Media Buzz” kept its audience with nearly identical year-to-year averages.

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The 2019 demo low of “Reliable Sources” on December 22 occurred on the same day that “Media Buzz” topped its yearly demo viewership, averaging 298,000 [for] age 25-54 viewers for its third-best performance of the year, indicating the holiday season is not what kept viewers away from CNN.

Stelter, the “Reliable Sources” host who also pens a media newsletter by the same name, has pivoted from straight news about journalism to focusing on President Trump. Earlier this month, Stelter was mocked for tweeting “journalists shouldn’t advocate for an outcome” when it comes to impeachment, as he has been among the outspoken media members who openly criticize Trump on a regular basis.

Stelter has repeatedly criticized Trump and members of his administration, often questioning Trump’s mental health and fitness for office. Back in August he was condemned for blaming technical issues for staying quiet when a guest said Trump is responsible for more deaths than brutal dictators Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong.

Stelter also recently omitted that ABC News spiked a story about convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein from his year-end list of top media stories and has oddly downplayed the scandal altogether.

Earlier this year, the controversial Project Veritas published footage showing ABC News anchor Amy Robach claiming higher-ups at the network killed a story that would have exposed Epstein three years ago, but the Disney-owned network says it wasn’t up to their standards. (source: Fox News)

CNN’s ratings overall are in the toilet.

The network has spent the past three years peddling fake news to their viewers, in my view.

CNN has traded professionalism and truth for “Trump hating” — and it’s now paying the consequences for that disastrous decision.

A version of this piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com; this article is used by permission.

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