Only 323,000 People Watched Obama's CNN Interview Friday, Came in Third Behind Fox and MSNBC

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan said last month that Barack Obama got to a point when people stopped listening to him faster than most presidents.

Proving the point, practically nobody watched his interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN's New Day last Friday.

According to TVByTheNumbers.com, New Day averaged 280,000 total viewers Friday, and only 91,000 in the all important demographic aged 25 to 54.

As amazing as it might seem, the President actually came in third behind Fox News's Fox & Friends (1.1 million) and MSNBC's Morning Joe (312,000).

TVNewser reports that during the 8AM ET hour when the bulk of the interview was aired, a total of 323,000 people were watching, 101,000 in the demo.

With a population of 313 million people, that means that roughly one tenth of one percent tuned in to watch the President of the United States do a one-on-one interview on television.

As a reminder, here's what Noonan said last month:

"I think every president in the intense media environment we have now, certainly every two-term president, gets to a point where the American people stop listening, stop leaning forward hungrily for information. I think this president got there earlier than most presidents. And I think he's in that time now."

Given how few people watched him on CNN last Friday, it appears Noonan is right.


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