James Woods was not about to just let CNN off the hook for their terrible television ratings without making a spectacle of them. Woods, who often pokes fun at liberals and liberal media, saw that CNN was outperformed by Nickelodeon cartoon shows, HGTV home improvement shows and the History Channel’s special segments about aliens.
Woods took to social media to heckle the network and their poor showing. While the rough viewership for CNN put them at the end of a number of jokes, Woods and those who chimed into the post were certainly having a good time laughing at CNN’s expense.
“So funny,” Woods tweeted a picture of an article which was titled, “History Channel’s ‘Ancient Aliens’ Outperforms CNN in Primetime.”
So funny… pic.twitter.com/5hpfG6UfYC
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 18, 2018
As if that headline was not funny enough, people joined in on the joking:
In a few weeks CNN will find out about this and be incredibly upset.
— Jax (@axon2112) August 18, 2018
Christmas will be here soon and CNN will have to battle with the fireplace channel.
— Paddy (@istillh8disco) August 18, 2018
Well they’re more believable 👽 pic.twitter.com/ubamuwCcHm
— Amanda Northrup™ (@MothrOfADragon) August 18, 2018
That’s because they tell the truth more often.👽
— Robert Sciranko (@sciranko06) August 18, 2018
I am given to understand they are the same show
— Nancy Noreen Nellis (@saoirsa1) August 18, 2018
Because that’s real news
— Dean Martin (@DeanMar75824912) August 18, 2018
How? I thought Aliens ran CNN as well.
— Ken Beverung (@KBeverung) August 18, 2018
I believe in Sasquatch more than @CNN 👌🏼👌🏼😊😊
— Edward Cook (@EcookiE45) August 18, 2018
— Tom Oswald (@TomOswald1966) August 18, 2018
Reruns of Gilligan’s Island is closing fast.
— Jim Tomlinson (@jimetomlinson) August 18, 2018
One is complete fiction posing as investigative journalism. The other is a show about aliens.
— Benjamin Rice (@benrice23) August 18, 2018
The ratings Woods and others were referencing has CNN ranked outside of the top 10 of “Basic Cable Prime time (Total Viewers).
Here are the channels who actually made the list, via Adweek:
Basic Cable Top 10 – Prime time (Total Viewers)
- Fox News (2,181,000)
- MSNBC (1,753,000)
- HGTV (1,331,000)
- USA (1,248,000)
- History (1,063,000)
- TBS (1,023,000)
- CNN (992,000)
- TLC (964,000)
- Investigation Discovery (949,000)
- Hallmark Channel (943,000)
And, via the Daily Caller:
CNN suffered another humiliating defeat in the cable ratings during the week of August 6 through August 12, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Cable news competitors Fox News and MSNBC wiped the floor with CNN, with FNC finishing first in average primetime viewers and more than doubling CNN’s primetime ratings.
Fox News reached 2.18 million primetime viewers, while MSNBC finished 2nd with 1.75 million and CNN finished 7th with just 992,000 average viewers for the week. CNN fell behind Home and Garden Television, USA Network, The History Channel, and TBS Network.
The History Channel’s primetime lineup includes shows like “Ancient Aliens,” “Counting Cars,” “American Pickers” and “Mountain Men.” CNN’s primetime lineup boasts personalities like Chris Cuomo and Anderson Cooper.
Not a good look for CNN, not a good look at all.