CNN media correspondent outlined OANN’s ratings — and gets attacked on Twitter
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CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter posted a series of tweets that outlined OANN ratings from Nielsen.
- OANN doesn’t subscribe to Nielsen.
- In fact, the OANN White House correspondent called Nielsen ratings “fake.”
- According to Stelter’s sources, OANN averages about 14,000 viewers in metered markets.
- By comparison Fox’s cable channel that airs “Hannity” pulls in 631,000 in metered markets.
- Metered market data only covers major metropolitan areas — so Stelter points out that if you include the smaller maCNN
- rket data, Fox’s audience roughly doubles.
- Even with being “generous” to OANN and saying that it triples its metered market numbers nationwide, it still doesn’t come close to other cable networks.
- Donald Trump has said that OANN is having a “big ratings jump.”
- OANN execs have shared ComScore data with the White House that purportedly document the growth.
- Stelter also points out that OANN got the first question at the most recent White House presser.
- Meanwhile, Stelter was attacked by hundreds of Twitter users.
- Most of the accounts appeared to be ring leaning — with most of them claiming Stelter is “jealous” of CNN’s slipping ratings compared to OANN as well as echoing Trump’s bashing of CNN.
With Trump promoting @OANN again this week, I went looking for ratings data. How many people besides the president are watching? OANN doesn't subscribe to Nielsen, the industry standard. But it turns out that Nielsen IS measuring the channel…
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 15, 2019