A relaunched CNN program could only manage a fourth-place finish in the key news demo vs. its cable news rivals. Mediaite reports that “State of the Union,” which debuted Sunday morning with new host Jake Tapper, did claim the No. 2 spot in total viewers.
Tapper took over the show six months after the exit of his predecessor, CNN fixture Candy Crowley. In the 9 a.m. hour Sunday, “State of the Union’s” 62,000 viewers in the 25-54 demo had the show well behind Fox’s “Fox & Friends Sunday” (248,000), HLN’s “Weekend Express” (106,000) and MSNBC’s “Up with Steve Kornacki” (85,000).
In total viewers, the CNN show’s 381,000 turnout was good enough for second behing Fox with 1.1 million, ahead of HLN’s 319,000 and MSNBC’s 312,000.
The report notes that a rebroadcast of the CNN program at noon won the demo, pulling 120,000 viewers to 89,000 for Fox.