Minnesota protesters called out CNN’s Miguel Marquez as he spoke during a moment of silence for a live shot on The Lead With Jake Tapper. In the final seconds of the clip airing, someone raised their hand in front of the camera to block it from broadcasting the crowd.
During a 5-minute moment of silence for George Floyd, this CNN reporter showed incredible disrespect by continuing to speak on the air. The crowd had to intervene & tell him to stop speaking. He later apologized to the crowd and said they “got it” & it “looked amazing”. pic.twitter.com/mXkcftg6Cg
Andrew Kimmel, who’s covering the protests in Minnesota, wrote that Marquez later apologized to the crowd of hundreds for doing the shot, but said the shot “looked amazing.”
“We were here last night and there are about 200 or 300 protesters,” Marquez said to start his stand-up. “I’ve got to tell you, we’re in five minutes of silence right now.”
The camera started to move away from Marquez a few seconds in as it panned to show the crowd of seated protesters. But as the shot continued, protesters started to yell at Marquez and his crew for speaking for his live report during the silence.
“Thousands and thousands of people have showed up. The president thought his photo op yesterday was going to have an effect, this is the result,” Marquez continued before a hand shot up.
After running a report on the protests and riots, CNN cut back to Tapper saying, “Miguel Marquez brought us that piece. But right now where he is in St. Paul, they’re having a moment of silence, so we’re going to respect that.”
Fox News, lead by prime time star Sean Hannity, were first in the ratings for May 2020. But CNN experienced its most-watched month of May ever this year, while also earning the top spot in the daytime demo.
Hannity took the top spot as the most-watched cable news show in May 2020, averaging 4.23 million overall, while Fox News in general remained at number one of all the networks. Hannity’s 9 p.m. showwas closely followed by Tucker Carlson Tonight (4.19 million) — the second most popular show on cable news — and then The Five, The Ingraham Angle, and Special Report With Bret Baier followed behind.
“Marking 221 consecutive months as the top-rated cable news network in total viewers across total day and primetime, FNC continued to deliver a double-digit percent advantage over both MSNBC and CNN,” Fox News declared in a press release.
CNN too had reason to boast about their numbers, as viewership surged for all networks during the coronavirus pandemic.
“This month was CNN’s most-watched May ever in total day and in prime time among total viewers and among 25-54,” the network announced in a press release. “CNN has now outperformed MSNBC during daytime programming for the 75th consecutive month, the longest streak on record. On weekends, CNN’s programming outperformed MSNBC for 24 out of 24 hours on Saturdays and Sundays.”
CNN’s most popular show of the month was Cuomo Prime Time, and MSNBC’s most popular show of the month was The Rachel Maddow Show.
And while Fox News had five out of the five top shows in total viewers for the month, Cuomo Prime Time edged out Special Report for the fifth spot in the demo, averaging a whopping 500,000 viewers.
That milestone for Chris Cuomo came as President Donald Trumpattacked the CNN host on Tuesday, claiming his ratings had dropped “down 50%.”
Trump could have been referring to Cuomo’s 25-54 demo ratings, which dropped 49 percent in the two months since March 30 — when the host earned massive viewership for his broadcasts while battling coronavirus — though CNN disputed to the president’s tweet.
“Surely you have more important issues than TV ratings to address. But since you’ve made it a priority, we’ll correct the record. @ChrisCuomo has had his highest ratings in history for the past two months,” the network declared.
Surely you have more important issues than TV ratings to address. But since you’ve made it a priority, we’ll correct the record. @ChrisCuomo has had his highest ratings in history for the past two months. #factsfirst
On Sunday, the New York Timesreported that MSNBC “has been scrambling” for a return to ratings dominance since the conclusion of the Mueller investigation, which the network covered obsessively.
Fox News averaged 1,877,000 total viewers in May, up 40 percent from the same month in 2019, with an average of 326,000 in 25-54 demo. In prime time, Fox News averaged a whopping 3,441,000 viewers (up 44 percent) and 558,000 in the demo.
Overall, CNN averaged 1,091,000 viewers (up a massive 98 percent), with 296,000 in the demo, and 1,652,000 during prime time (up 117 percent), with 464,000 in the demo.
MSNBC averaged 1,155,000 viewers in total (up 27 percent), with 178,000 in the demo, and 1,923,000 during prime time (up 16 percent), with 293,000 in the demo.