In the wake of the submission of the highly-anticipated Mueller report, several mainstream media outlets and pundits who focused virtually exclusively on coverage of the allegations of “Russian collusion” are struggling with plummeting ratings.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who spent the duration of President Trump’s White House tenure covering the allegations, has seen a notable loss in viewers, approximately half a million since the anticlimactic conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.
According to ratings reports, Maddow’s are in a downward spiral, along with colleagues at MSNBC, CNN, and other outlets.
Now, for many whose credibility hinged on the results of the report, the revelation that President Trump and his campaign were cleared of allegations of collusion and obstruction has proven to be a serious blow.
From The Daily Caller:
MSNBC and CNN’s ratings have not recovered from a massive drop after special counsel Robert Mueller concluded his investigation into Russia collusion.
CNN delivered its second-lowest rated week of the year in total day and primetime between April 1 to April 7, according to Nielsen Media Research, while MSNBC had its second-lowest rated week of the year in the key 25-54 age demographic.
CNN finished 15th in primetime and 8th in total day, falling to Home and Garden TV (HGTV) and Nickelodeon.
Last week’s poor ratings for CNN and MSNBC indicate the networks will have a difficult time bouncing back after spending two years of heavy coverage on the investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with the Russian government.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was particularly damaged by the finding of no collusion as the majority of her broadcasts focused on the conspiracy. In the span of just one week, Maddow dropped half a million viewers after the conclusion of the Mueller probe.
According to last week’s Nielsen numbers, her show is down 17 percent from the most recent March and a whopping 34 percent from last April.
Fox News has continued to dominate the ratings battle, finishing first in both categories with an average of 2.34 million primetime viewers and 1.35 million total day viewers.