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May wraps with Fox News Channel celebrating its 35th month as basic cable’s most watched network for total day, with 1.137 million viewers.

MSNBC (829K) ranked No. 2, and CNN (495K)came in eighth.

FNC’s primetime opinionators Sean Hannity (3.138M, 506K) and Tucker Carlson (2.761M, 473K) ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively, both in total viewers and in the 25-54 year old news demographic.

Meanwhile, MSNBC’s top primetime program, Rachel Maddow (2.608M, 410K) ranked No. 3, but slipped to it lowest rated month in the demo since President Donald Trump took office, and her smallest overall audience since last October.

Chris Cuomo, (938, 228K) host of CNN’s top primetime program, ranked No. 14 among cable news shows, setting his new demo low since his launch in June of ’18. In total viewers, it was Cuomo’s second smallest delivery, behind April 19.

In response to this continued decline in ratings, CNN has offered buyouts of a bit over 100 of their employees. Cable news watchdog Scott Jones – who first broke the news of Maddox departing CNN on Monday – reported that CNN executives are looking to trim roughly 300 jobs and layoffs are expected if more employees don’t accept the voluntary buyout. Bureau chiefs and award winners are among the staffers accepting the buyout offer, according to TVNewser.

Interestingly, viewership data is based on the age 25 - 54 group. I wonder how the market-share numbers would look for the age 54 - 70 group?

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