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CNN Loses Primetime Weekly Ratings Battle to TLC, Nick-at-Nite

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The most recently released Nielsen ratings show CNN lagging far behind its cable news rivals in the crucial weekday primetime slots.

Fox News and MSNBC topped the ratings from the week of June 26-July 2, taking the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. HGTV, USA Network, and TBS rounded out the top five.

CNN placed at a measly 13th, behind networks like History, ESPN, Discovery Channel, Investigation Discovery, TLC, and Nick-at-Nite. CNN faired slightly better in the total day ratings, but still only came in 10th.

At least some of the slump can be attributed to the Fourth of July weekend, which typically comes with a dip in ratings. But a week earlier, CNN only came in ninth overall, while Fox and MSNBC were still in first and second, respectively.

Last week, President Donald Trump mocked CNN's ratings, saying they were "way down" on Twitter.

But even if CNN is trailing reruns of Fresh Prince, the network's quarterly ratings are higher than a year ago, and nearly double their second-quarter ratings from 2015. CNN hit back at the president with those facts on social media.