Cortney Weil of Blaze Media tells us that the numbers are indeed cause for concern at CNN. She writes (abridged):
The major changes CNN has made in leadership, philosophy, and structure have not yet borne fruit in the ratings, and now CNN employees are reportedly beginning to panic.
A “well-placed” source at the network told the New York Post that “new management is not freaking out but everyone else at CNN is.”
The numbers are indeed cause for concern. In June, CNN primetime shows averaged just 654,000 nightly viewers, despite the allure of the Jan. 6 committee hearings, which the network covered at length. And of those 654,000, just 148,000 of them were in the coveted 25-54 age demographic.
The ratings for Brian Stelter’s show “Reliable Sources” were particularly abysmal, drawing just 585,000 total viewers and 79,000 key demographic viewers. It was the lowest rating for the show in over 20 years.