"The Lead with Jake Tapper" has shed a staggering 75% of its audience since the liberal network underwent a January surge in rating.
Tapper’s program averaged 2.8 million viewers in January but settled for only 706,000 in the 4 p.m. ET time slot from May 31 through June 23, losing three-quarters of its audience in the process. Tapper’s second-quarter viewership is down 49% as opposed to the first quarter.
Stefanik, who's had long-running beef with CNN's leading anchor, took to Twitter and responded to the viewership exodus.
"No amount of his secret begging of Republicans to appear on his unwatched show will change this trajectory," Stefanik wrote. "Americans are tuning out #FAKE TAPER for good reason. I’m sure he will throw his producers and bookers under the bus again…."
Stefanik's comments refer to a viral dustup that derived from an interview Tapper gave last month he repeatedly implied that he declines to invite any GOP lawmaker who fed into what he and other liberals have dubbed the "Big Lie," which is about former President Trump's claims that the 2020 presidential election was "stolen." His blacklist covered all three leaders of the House Republican caucus and anyone who questioned President Biden's election victory.
Among the lawmakers he mentioned that were supposedly banned from his shows were Stefanik, who is now the third highest-ranking GOP lawmaker in the caucus, as well as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and GOP Whip Steve Scalise.
However, Stefanik said that Tapper's staff had invited her onto his CNN programs just weeks prior as she was rising to House leadership amid the removal of Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., as the GOP Conference Chair, giving screenshots of email exchanges her office had.
Tapper lashed back at the congresswoman all while appearing to divert the responsibility on his bookers, one of whom assured Stefanik that she could chat with the CNN anchor by phone before committing.
"I can’t account for every email from my excellent bookers whose job it is to present me with as many options as possible," Tapper wrote. "I have just refused to allow any of the Liars, such as Rep Stefanik, on air. Kind of stunning to see her proudly identify as a conspiracy theorist."
Tapper was accused of throwing his staff "under the bus" with his response to Stefanik.