Apparently, Americans don’t want to watch Joe Biden on TV. Ratings have fallen in the post-Trump years as Americans avoid television. The Financial Times’ Anna Nicolaou and Caitlin Gilbert write:
As the news cycle has calmed under Joe Biden’s presidency and the pandemic has eased, US media groups have suffered dramatic audience declines, with primetime ratings for cable television news networks CNN and MSNBC falling more than 50 per cent in the third quarter compared with a year ago.
Last year’s cocktail of Donald Trump, a deadly pandemic, the US presidential election and historic racial protests drove a record interest in following the news — propelling cable TV channels, newspapers and other journalistic enterprises to soaring heights of viewership and revenue.
Now, these groups face an equally breathtaking fall back down to earth.
Primetime ratings for AT&T-owned CNN dropped 52 per cent in the third quarter for viewers aged 25 to 54, a key demographic for advertisers, according to Nielsen figures. MSNBC, the left-leaning network owned by Comcast’s NBCUniversal, suffered a 51 per cent fall, while Rupert Murdoch’s rightwing Fox News faired comparatively better, with primetime ratings falling 37 per cent during the quarter for this demographic.
“This is uncharted waters after the Trump bump,” said Ken Doctor, founder of a California news start-up, Lookout. “It’s highly unlikely we will see another bump like that over the next 10 years.”
At this time last year, Trump was providing around the clock drama. Americans faced another grim wave of the pandemic as the weather cooled with no Covid-19 vaccine in sight. Protests had raged across the US all summer, while many workers were cooped up at home rather than at the office. Whether they sought the comforts of Fox’s Tucker Carlson or MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Americans across the political spectrum were glued to their screens.
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