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CNN viewership declined over 50% since Biden took office

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CNN has lost more than half its viewers in multiple categories since President Joe Biden took office, Fox News has reported.

CNN averaged 2.2 million viewers throughout the first three weeks of 2021, however, the network has since declined 54% and now averages one million viewers since Inauguration Day, according to Fox.

Moreover, CNN’s most prominent demographic of viewers, adults aged 25-54, dropped by 60%.

Primetime hosts Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon also saw a sharp decline in viewership. From 8-11 p.m., CNN saw an average of 3.1 million viewers from Dec. 28 through Inauguration Day. Now the network averages 1.4 million views from 8-11 p.m. Moreover, CNN’s primetime lineup lost 63% of its viewers among the 25-54 age demographic.

During an interview on the New York Times podcast “Sway,” host Kara Swisher asked Lemon if he was “worried about the viewership fizzle.”

“No. I’m not worried about it … Trump was a horrible person. And he was terrible for the country. And it is better for all — for the world that he is no longer the President of the United States,” Lemon said. “So if that means that cable news ratings go down? Aww. So I’m not really that concerned about it. I would prefer that my ratings go down and Trump not be in office than my ratings be sky-high and him be there. That’s the honest truth.”

Fox News noted that they have retained most of their audience with single-digit declines since Inauguration Day and they are expected to be the most-watched cable news network for the second month in a row among both total day and primetime viewers.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Kamala Harris Loses Two More Staffers

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Two more staffers are reportedly leaving their jobs in Vice President Kamala Harris’ office, according to the Washington Post. The news comes just after Harris’ chief spokeswoman, Symone Sanders, announced her departure.

“Symone Sanders, the senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, is expected to leave the White House at the end of the year, according to five administration officials familiar with the matter,” Politico reported.

In addition to Sanders, “Peter Velz, director of press operations, and Vince Evans, deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in the vice president’s office, have also told others in the vice president’s office that they are leaving, according to two administration officials,” the Washington Post reported.

Earlier this week, Sanders officially announced her departure in a note to the Vice President’s team.

“I’m so grateful to the VP for her vote of confidence from the very beginning and the opportunity to see what can be unburdened by what has been. I’m grateful for [Harris chief of staff] Tina [Flournoy] and her leadership and her confidence as well,” Sanders wrote. “Every day, I arrived to the White House complex knowing our work made a tangible difference for Americans. I am immensely grateful and will miss working for her and with all of you.”

The news comes just weeks after Harris’ communications director Ashley Etienne filed her resignation.

“Ashley is a valued member of the vice president’s team, who has worked tirelessly to advance the goals of this administration,” a White House official stated. “She is leaving the office in December to pursue other opportunities.”

“Harris’ office has been beset by disorder, bad press, and, at times, internal frictions,” Politico reported, adding, “ … in recent weeks, chatter has grown increasingly loud that Harris wasn’t positioned well to be Biden’s heir apparent in 2028 or, if he opts not to run again, in 2024.”

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