Fake News: CNN crushed by Fox in inauguration ratings, Chris Cuomo lies again about ‘the raw facts’
President Trump congratulated Fox for being number one in inauguration ratings in a tweet: “They were many times higher than FAKE NEWS @CNN — public is smart!”
CNN’s public relations team responded with its own tweet, citing cumulative numbers from Nielsen Media Research. “According to Nielsen cumulative numbers, 34 million people watched CNN’s inauguration day coverage on television. 34 million watched Fox News.”
Business Insider reported that was re-tweeted thousands of times and became the basis of several news stories and echoed by CNN’s Chris Cuomo despite being 100% WRONG.
TVNewser and most media websites report are hourly or program numbers. Fox trounced CNN in the midst of the inauguration:
Noon to 12:30 PM (oath of office and inaugural address):
CNN: 3.375 million total viewers
Fox News: 11.768 million total viewers
11 AM to 1 PM
CNN: 3.047 million total viewers
Fox News: 10.483 million total viewers
1 to 5 PM
CNN: 2.326 million total viewers
Fox News: 7.901 million total viewers
CNN conceded in a press release that it came in second to Fox News.”CNN ranked a strong #2 in cable news during the Inauguration of President Donald Trump yesterday, January 20th.”
On CNN’s New Day on Thursday, Cuomo was sticking to the lie while speaking with Brian Stelter.
The idea that CNN got crushed by Fox, the numbers were the same, not including the videos, which would have put us ahead. The facts, Brian, not the perception that people don’t like him. That’s in his head. Just the raw facts, is he right about any of them?
BRIAN STELTER: I’m a big nerd about ratings. I started from the premise that he was right and tried to prove that he’s right, and it’s just not possible to prove this, and the fact that he’s still talking about this with ABC’s David Muir, still talking about this issue, and indulging this fantasy. At the end of the interview, he’s still talking about it. He explained why really clearly. He said, these people who voted for me, some of them are forgotten. They’re never going to be forgotten again. He views this as a big cultural symbol of disrespect for his voters. It’s wrong on the facts, but it’s right in a more emotional way.