It was revealed on Tuesday that, according to CNBC, CNN+ has fewer than 10,000 active users on the streaming service a scant two weeks since its launch. Add in a report of looming budget cuts and layoffs and CNN and its executives found a way to make the brand even more pathetic and launch something even more of a failure than the parent cable network.
To reiterate the insanity of this entire venture, consider the fact that CNN thought there would be a robust market paying $5.99 a month to watch the likes of Brian Stelter, Chris Wallace, Jemele Hill, and Anderson Cooper when practically nobody watches them on regular cable?
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With there being more pagans and witches out there than CNN primetime viewers, we saw this coming from miles away.
To illustrate how small that population truly is, we put together a list of items that are more popular than CNN+:
■ A Kickstarter campaign for potato salad made more money (over $55,000) than CNN+ did from their first month of subscription fees ($2.99/mo discount) from active users
■ In the U.S. alone, 10,386 people died by falling out of bed between 1999 and 2014.
■ An Instagram account called @daily_otis that posts this same picture of a CGI cow every day — and nothing else — has 48,200 followers (as of this blog's publication), which is nearly five times as many followers as CNN+
■ According to Wikipedia, the tiny island of Tuvalu has more residents (11,900) than people who actively use CNN+
■ A YouTube video of paint drying (and that’s it) has more viewers (nearly 1.1 million) than CNN+
■ During Christmas, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) handles over 130,000 phone calls from children on the whereabouts of Santa Claus
■ Over 118,000,000 are estimated to be subscribed to play World of Warcraft, a popular video game.
■ In 2016, the Australian Bureau of Statistics found there are "close to 48,000" Jedi in the country