CNN’s ratings have fallen along with a slowdown in breaking news from around the world, reports Bill Carter in The New York Times’ Media Decoder blog.
The network’s prime-time numbers have settled back into third place, behind Fox News and MSNBC, as interest in news from locations such as the Middle East and Japan has faded, the story notes. On Wednesday night, for example, CNN finished third in each hour between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., according to the report.
The article points out that Anderson Cooper’s program, which had benefited from his reporting from Egypt during its political turmoil and then from Japan after the earthquake and tsunami, remained the most competitive, although it fell behind Greta Van Susteren on Fox and Ed Schultz on MSNBC on Wednesday. Cooper’s show drew 865,000 total viewers that night, compared with 2 million for Van Susteren and 1.06 million for MSNBC’s "The Ed Show," the piece notes.