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Tucker Carlson mocks axed CNN+ over projections anticipating 29 million ‘super-fan’ subscribers

Tucker Carlson on Friday night mocked CNN executives for their optimistic subscriber goals for the CNN+ streaming service, saying their numbers were “even less plausible” than those who voted for Joe Biden.

Carlson, whose Fox News network has reveled in the struggles of its rivals, was elated by CNN+’s demise.

The streaming service began on March 29 and ended on Thursday, less than a month after it launched.

CNN invested $300 million in the company, but the new leaders who took over when parent company Warner Media merged with Discovery took a dim view of their efforts.

Carlson on Friday discussed an Axios report indicating that executives believed they could take advantage of the 29 million “CNN super fans” who would be willing to pay the $5.99 monthly fee for the service.

Tucker Carlson on Friday night mocked CNN+'s viewer targets as implausible.

Tucker Carlson on Friday night mocked CNN+’s viewer targets as implausible.

The Fox News host ridiculed the rosy goals of the streaming service, which only lasted a few weeks before it was shut down.

The Fox News host ridiculed the rosy goals of the streaming service, which only lasted a few weeks before it was shut down.

Internal estimates suggested two other ‘buckets’ of potential viewers: 24 million ‘news and non-fiction SVOD (subscription video on demand) fans’ and 36 million ‘global news consumers’.

Carlson mockingly read the figures out loud.

“So think about those numbers for a second,” he said.

‘CNN convinced itself that it had 29 million superfans.

“That is even less plausible than 81 million votes in a presidential election.”

Biden got 81 million votes in November 2020, the most in US election history. Donald Trump earned $74 million, which also beat the previous record of $69.4 million set by Barack Obama in 2008.

Carlson continued: ‘And it turned out to be completely out of touch with reality.

‘In the end, CNN+ got about 10,000 viewers. Why? Because people really don’t want to pay to see that crap, to be called a fanatic, or to learn about trans citizens.

It has nothing to do with their lives. They know for a fact that they will not improve them.

The new streaming service had been highly hyped but had only 150,000 subscribers.

The new streaming service had been highly hyped but had only 150,000 subscribers.

CNN+ stars including Kasie Hunt (third from left), Chris Wallace (next to Hunt), and Anderson Cooper (third from right) are seen on March 28 celebrating the launch of the streaming service.

CNN+ stars including Kasie Hunt (third from left), Chris Wallace (next to Hunt), and Anderson Cooper (third from right) are seen on March 28 celebrating the launch of the streaming service.

Carlson then praised controversial podcast host Joe Rogan, saying his success — he’s the most listened-to talk show host on Spotify — was evidence of what people wanted.

Carlson said that Rogan was popular “because he’s interesting and curious and sees the world changing around him and wants to know what the hell is going on.”

He also mocked Spotify’s multimillion-dollar deal with the Obamas, which the former president and his wife ended last week, unhappy with the limitations Spotify placed on them.

“The company that employs Joe Rogan, the Spotify streaming service, and you may not have seen this story, had to get rid of the Obamas who had been paid millions and millions of dollars,” Carlson said.

‘Why? Because no one wanted to see the Obamas either.

‘Because they had nothing to say. Because they are trivial. They are not interesting in any way.

Fox News anchors have enjoyed bragging about the demise of CNN+.

CNN’s new CEO Chris Licht, who won’t officially take over until May 2, told staff on April 21 that the experiment was winding down, even though the producers had attracted talent, including the former host of Fox News, Chris Wallace, MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt, actress Eva Longoria and the chef. Allison Roman.

David Zaslav, Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, took over the helm of the newly merged media company on April 8.

David Zaslav, Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, took over the helm of the newly merged media company on April 8.

The service attracted 150,000 subscribers and was on track to meet first-year subscription goals.

CNN+ was unable to show the same news programs as CNN due to existing contracts with cable television providers. But they had encouraged their stars like Anderson Cooper to branch out into a parenting show and given Don Lemon a talk show.

However, CNN’s new parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery, officially formed from a merger on April 8, was not impressed by the numbers.

At one point, fewer than 10,000 people were watching the service, two people familiar with the numbers said. The New York Times.

Meghan McCain in her DailyMail.com column called CNN+ a “predictable disaster.”

“Why would anyone at CNN believe that the American public would pay more for content from a brand that is already struggling to attract audiences?” she wrote.

“Nielsen, the service that tracks television ratings, found that CNN’s total audience in February 2022 was down nearly 70% from a year earlier.”

Insiders estimated that the network spent $300 million launching and between $100 million and $200 million on advertising. CNN had been planning to spend more than $1 billion on CNN+ for four years, two people familiar with the matter said. The New York Times.

David Zaslav, who since the beginning of this month has led the newly merged mass media giant, was expected to bring changes.

But a veteran employee said washington post: ‘We expected some fingers to be cut off, not the whole arm.’

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