In the latest blow to CNN and Warner Bros. Discovery, the struggling news network continues to spiral downward as former viewers abandon ship, despite multiple CEO changes and left-leaning content shifts. Even the dismissal of embattled figures like Brian Stelter has failed to stem the tide.

While it may be tempting to revel in CNN’s misfortune, the broader landscape of cable TV is also suffering, as evidenced by a general decline within Warner Bros. Discovery. The battle for television audiences is becoming increasingly challenging in the face of streaming services and the rise of online news platforms.

Warner Bros. Discovery recently reported a significant drop in advertising revenue on its TV programs, with a staggering 11 percent decline in the past quarter. This plummet in revenue led to a missed earnings target and a subsequent drop in stock prices. Although the stock did manage to recover slightly, the long-term trend remains bleak.

Executives at Warner Bros. Discovery attribute the advertising revenue crash to declining viewership across news networks, with CNN being a prominent example. The softening linear advertising market in the U.S. and Latin America further exacerbates the financial woes.

Adweek’s data further paints a grim picture for CNN, as the network struggles to retain viewership compared to competitors like Fox News and MSNBC. CNN’s flagship program, Anderson Cooper 360, lags far behind in ratings, failing to secure a spot in the top 15 cable news programs.

Despite some improvement in ratings from the previous year, CNN faces a looming challenge with a shrinking cable TV audience. As cord-cutting becomes increasingly prevalent in American households, traditional cable news networks like CNN are left questioning their relevance in the digital age.

The future remains uncertain for studios like Warner Bros. Discovery, as the shift away from traditional TV viewing habits continues to impact advertising revenues. With the underperformance of CNN+ and the broader trend of cord-cutting, the future of cable news remains in jeopardy.

As the landscape of media consumption evolves, it remains to be seen how CNN and similar networks can adapt to meet the changing preferences of audiences in order to remain competitive in an increasingly digital world. Amid these challenges, the need for innovation and strategic reinvention looms large. The shifting paradigms of media consumption demand a proactive approach from news networks to not only survive but thrive in the ever-evolving media ecosystem.