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Cable News Ratings April 2012: CNN Has Worst Month In Decade (PHOTOS, POLL)

Posted: 05/ 2/2012 1:28 pm Updated: 05/ 2/2012 5:33 pm

Cable News Ratings

April was the worst month for CNN in over a decade, and Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes made his dissatisfaction clear on Wednesday.

The cable news ratings for April revealed that CNN just had its lowest-rated month in total day since August 2001. The network drew an average of just 357,000 total viewers and 108,000 viewers ages 25-54. It was also CNN's worst month for primetime since August 2010.

A Time Warner spokesperson gave the network's reaction to the grim news, saying that CEO Jeff Bewkes, is "clearly not satisfied" with CNN's performance and is turning up the heat on the network and the larger company "to come up with a plan to restore momentum" of CNN.

All three cable news networks saw some drops during primetime since last April. MSNBC was down 5% in total viewers and 9% in the key 25-54 demographic. CNN was down 16% in total viewers and 22% in the key demo, and Fox News dropped 9% in the key demo. During the day, Megyn Kelly's program saw a big boost growing 35% in the demo and almost 10% in total viewers since last year.

Overall, Fox News dominated the ratings as usual. The network claimed the top 13 programs in total viewers.

Below, see how your favorite programs did during April.

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  • 1. The O'Reilly Factor

    Fox News -- 2.87 million total viewers

  • 2. Hannity

    Fox News -- 2.075 million total viewers

  • 3. Special Report with Bret Baier

    Fox News -- 1.778 million total viewers

  • 4. On the Record with Greta van Susteren

    Fox News -- 1.722 million total viewers

  • 5. Fox Report with Shepard Smith

    Fox News -- 1.688 million total viewers

  • 6. The Five

    Fox News -- 1.674 million total viewers

  • 7. America's Newsroom

    Fox News -- 1.272 million total viewers

  • 8. Your World with Neil Cavuto

    Fox News -- 1.252 million total viewers

  • 9. O'Reilly Factor (11PM)

    Fox News -- 1.22 million total viewers

  • 10. America Live

    Fox News -- 1.191 million total viewers

  • 11. Studio B

    Fox News -- 1.113 million total viewers

  • 12. Fox & Friends

    Fox News -- 1.082 million total viewers

  • 13. Happening Now

    Fox News -- 1.029 million total viewers

  • 14. The Rachel Maddow Show

    MSNBC -- 985,000 total viewers CORRECTION: This slide originally stated that Rachel Maddow had 985,000 million total viewers. It has been corrected.

  • 15. The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

    MSNBC -- 931,000 total viewers

  • 16. The Ed Show

    MSNBC -- 875,000 total viewers

  • 17. Hardball with Chris Matthews

    MSNBC -- 744,000 total viewers

  • 18. PoliticsNation

    MSNBC -- 712,000 total viewers

  • 19. Piers Morgan Tonight

    CNN -- 567,000 total viewers

  • 20. The Situation Room

    CNN -- 548,000 total viewers

  • 21. The Ed Show (11 p.m.)

    MSNBC -- 537,000 total viewers

  • 22. Anderson Cooper 360 (10 p.m.)

    CNN -- 522,000 total viewers

  • 23. Anderson Cooper 360 (8 p.m.)

    CNN -- 504,000 total viewers

  • 24. Red Eye

    Fox News -- 466,000 total viewers

  • 25. Fox and Friends First

    Fox News -- 458,000 total viewers

  • 26. Dylan Ratigan Show

    MSNBC -- 455,000 total viewers

  • 27. Martin Bashir

    MSNBC -- 449,000 total viewers

  • 28. John King USA

    CNN -- 435,000 total viewers

  • 29. Morning Joe

    MSNBC -- 412,000 total viewers

  • 30. Erin Burnett

    CNN -- 409,000 total viewers

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Filed by Katherine Fung  |