Brian Stelter’s ‘Reliable Sources’ on CNN Has the Lowest Ratings

CNN’s media-focused show “Reliable Sources,” hosted by Brian Stelter, had its worst-rated episode since September 2019.

Stelter’s show registered just 580,000 viewers last Sunday and just 73,000 viewers in the all-important 25- to 54-year-old demographic, Fox News reported. The show lost 13% of the total audience and was Stelter’s smallest audience since September 15, 2019.

“MediaBuzz,” which airs on Fox News at the same time, averaged 1.4 million viewers and 189,000 in the 25-54 demo, crushing Stelter’s show, which has been under a microscope since Chris Licht, CNN’s new boss. , took over the helm in Kan.

Light, who succeeded Jeff Zucker as president after a slew of scandals at the network, has been tasked with not only boosting CNN’s ratings but also focusing the network’s shows on fact-based reporting and less on opinion. .

Brian Stelter may be influenced under CNN’s new mandate to focus less on opinion-based reports.

According to a recent Axios report, Licht is evaluating whether CNN’s employees can adapt to the new approach. Anyone who doesn’t queue “may be expelled,” the report said.

The report did not mention whether specific CNN anchors were investigated in particular, but it did note that Stelter and Jim Acosta were among the personalities whose left-wing stances have sparked the ire of conservatives.

“For conservative critics, some on-air personalities, such as Jim Acosta and Brian Stelter, have become the face of the network’s liberal shift,” Axios wrote.

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CNN’s new boss Chris Licht is focused on changing the network’s reporting style.
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Prior to the arrival of Light, Warner Bros. Discovery, CNN’s new parent company, pulled the plug on CNN+ in April, just a month after the expensive streaming service launched. Stelter’s daily version of “Reliable Sources” was one of the shows canceled due to the demise of CNN+.

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