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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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BREAKING: White House announces mass-amnesty plan for illegal immigrants married to U.S. citizens

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An estimated 1.1 million illegal immigrants are married to United States citizens, and President Joe Biden just gave them a path to amnesty. The administration announced Tuesday that the sweeping executive action will provide legal protections in an effort to “keep families together” known as the “parole in place” program.

Eligible individuals will be protected from deportation and be provided with work permits if they have lived in the U.S. for at least a decade. They have three years to apply for permanent citizenship.

“President Biden believes that securing the border is essential,” the White House said in a statement. “He also believes in expanding lawful pathways and keeping families together, and that immigrants who have been in the United States for decades, paying taxes and contributing to their communities, are part of the social fabric of our country.”

National Review reports an estimated 500,000 people could benefit, and that Biden is expected to celebrate the executive action at a White House event celebrating the 12-year anniversary of former president Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shields illegal-immigrant children from deportation. The new order will also make DACA recipients eligible for Obamacare.
The Biden administration is also crafting a plan to streamline the process for undocumented students and other illegal immigrants to receive temporary work visas, according to National Review which also notes that “although DACA has survived legal challenges up to this point, it’s unclear if Biden’s new executive action will have a similar fate, particularly given the composition of the Supreme Court.”

 

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