The newest cable network viewership ratings for the month of July came out to reveal the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” nearly doubled the rating of CNN. People were sure President Trump was going to comment on the embarrassing figure for the network, once he saw it.
Trump did not disappoint. On Thursday morning, he finally commented on the numbers.
He tweeted out praise for the Fox News Channel and said they were “blowing away the competition.”
MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and CNN did not get the same pat on the back and instead, the president called them “a dead show” and “too predictable,” respectively.
“Wow, @foxandfriends is blowing away the competition in the morning ratings,” Trump tweeted. “Morning Joe is a dead show with very few people watching and sadly, Fake News CNN is also doing poorly. Too much hate and inaccurately reported stories – too predictable!”
Wow, @foxandfriends is blowing away the competition in the morning ratings. Morning Joe is a dead show with very few people watching and sadly, Fake News CNN is also doing poorly. Too much hate and inaccurately reported stories – too predictable!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2018
The president’s love for Fox & Friends, the morning show where he receives almost unflinchingly positive coverage, is likely only matched by his distaste for CNN, the network he often lambasts as “fake news,” and MSNBC, which he is also often sharply critical of. Trump has often saved particular venom for the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, who were once close friends of the president but have been deeply critical of him as president.
Although he has insisted that he does not have time to watch much TV, the president is widely believed to be a voracious consumer of cable news and especially of Fox News, where coverage of him is much more favorable than on CNN or MSNBC. Trump in particular is known to watch “Fox & Friends” in the morning, often posting to Twitter on subjects minutes after they are covered on the show.
Here’s more on the ratings, from the Daily Caller:
Fox News Channel marked its 25th consecutive month as the most-watched network in cable in July, besting competitors CNN and MSNBC.
Fox News finished first in primetime with with an average of 2.4 million viewers and finished first in total day with 1.37 million. “Hannity” and “Tucker Carlson Tonight” were the top two programs for the month ahead of MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show.”
MSNBC finished second behind FNC in primetime with 1.66 million viewers, but dropped to third in total day to Nickelodeon.
CNN fared the worst out of the big three cable news networks, placing 10th in primetime and 7th in total day. In primetime, CNN fell to Home and Garden Television, USA Network, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Hallmark Channel, and more.
CNN averaged less than 900,000 primetime viewers and just over 500,000 in average total viewership. This is a minuscule figure next to Fox News Channel’s 1.5 million total average.
Fox & Friends No. 1 in total viewers for 201st straight month.
RT @markknoller: .@tvnewser posted the ratings of the morning cable news shows for July: https://t.co/ojgkWz3mr0 pic.twitter.com/nRdDnoyFTD
— Byron York (@ByronYork) August 2, 2018