September 1st, 2015
05:44 PM ET

CNN amends GOP debate criteria

CNN amends GOP debate criteria for the September 16th debate, please view the full story here.

Topics: 2016 Election • CNN Debate
September 1st, 2015
01:36 PM ET

HLN Is The Only Cable News Net Up Double-Digits In Total Day





  • HLN is up in Total Day August 2015 vs. August 2014, experiencing the only double-digit growth among cable news nets in P25-54 (+10%) (123k vs. 112k).  The net is also up +13% in P18-49 (102k vs. 90k);
  • HLN beat MSNBC for 15 straight months in August in Total Day by +34% in P25-54 and +50% in P18-49; the longest winning streak in more than 16 years among P25-54;
  • HLN ranks #1 across cable news in Weekend Total Day in P18-49 (118k), outperforming FNC by +19% and MSNBC by +28%.


  • “Morning Express with Robin Meade” (MXP) ranks as the #2 cable morning news show in August and 2015 year-to-date among P25-54 & 18-49.  In August, MXP is up +14% and +23% vs. year ago respectively, scoring its highest P25-54 delivery since January 2015;
  • MXP continues to beat MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” for the 16th consecutive month (6-9 a ET) by +31% in P25-54 (127k vs. 97k).  MXP also takes Joe by +74% in P18-49 (106k vs. 61k);


September 1st, 2015
01:20 PM ET

CNN ranks #2 in cable news, "New Day" tops "Morning Joe" in demo for August



New Day Beats Morning Joe for 14th Straight Month;

Joe Finishes Last in Cable News in Demo Again, Behind HLN and CNN 

State of the Union with Jake Tapper is Up vs. A Year Ago 

CNN Original Series Rank Either #1 or #2 in Time Period

For the 14th straight month, CNN was the #2 cable news network in August among adults 25-54 in both Total Day and Primetime. That is the longest winning streak over MSNBC in the key sales demo in over seven years.

CNN was also #2 among total viewers, ahead of MSNBC, in Total Day (6a-6a). Buoyed by its coverage of the Republican primary debate, Fox News was the only cable news network to grow in August versus a year ago among both adults 25-54 and total viewers. CNN’s viewing levels were down compared to last year because of heightened viewership during the unrest a year ago in Ferguson.

Of particular note, CNN’s morning program, New Day, continued to beat MSNBC’s Morning Joe. For the 14th straight month, New Day topped Morning Joe in the all-important 25-54 sales demo. In fact, Morning Joe again fell to last place among all cable news morning programs in the sales demo, behind Fox News, CNN and HLN’s Morning Express.

In other ratings news in August:

Dayside & Afternoons:

  • All CNN’s dayside (9a-4p) programs beat MSNBC dayside in both total viewers (CNN’s 472k vs. MSNBC’s 315k) and in the key demo (CNN’s 111k vs. MSNBC’s 53k).
  • MSNBC made a change to its weekday afternoons on Mon 8/3/15, replacing cancelled programs The Cycle at 3p, Now with Alex Wagner at 4p, and Ed Show at 5p with MSNBC Live.  In the M-F 3p-6p block over the four weeks since its launch (8/3-8/28/15), MSNBC Live:
    • Ranked #3 among both adults 25-54 and total viewers across cable news in its time period.
      • CNN (3p CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin/4p The Lead with Jake Tapper/5p Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer) more than doubled MSNBC Live in adults 25-54 (+163%) and is ahead by +36% in total viewers.
    • MSNBC was down double-digit percentages among adults 25-54 versus the prior-to-launch four weeks and the comparable year-ago four weeks.


  • All of CNN’s primetime beat MSNBC in the key demo 25-54:
    • Across the M-F 7p (Erin Burnett Outfront), 8p (AC 360), 9p (CNN programming) and 10p (CNN Tonight with Don Lemon) hours among adults 25-54 for the 13th straight month.
    • In the M-F 8p hour (AC 360) among total viewers for the third time in the last four months.


  • State of the Union with Jake Tapper ranked #2 in cable news at 9am growing double-digits in total viewers vs. a year ago.  SOTU also ranked #2 at noon.
  • CNN Sunday programs Inside Politics, Fareed Zakaria GPS at 10am and Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter all ranked #2 in total viewers and adults 25-54, easily topping MSNBC.  Fareed Zakaria GPS ranked #1 in cable news among adults 25-54 at 1pm.

CNN Original Series and CNN Films:

  • CNN Original Series and CNN Films highlights include:
    • The Seventies (6/11-8/13/15):  Ranked #2 across cable news in its time period among adults 25-54, total viewers, and 18-34.  Versus The Sixties average, above by +20% in 25-54 and +4% in 18-34, and attracted a younger audience.
    • The Hunt with John Walsh Season 2 (7/12-8/30/15): Across cable news in its time period, ranked #1 among both 25-54 and 18-34, and #2 in total viewers.
    • Death Row Stories Season 2 (7/12-8/16/15): Across cable news in its time period, ranked #1 among both 25-54 and total viewers, and #2 in 18-34.  Above its Season 1 average by +15% in 25-54 and +5% in total viewers.
    • CNN Films: Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (Thu 8/20/15): Across cable news in its time period, the premiere ranked #2 among both adults 25-54 and 18-34.

Data is a blend of Nielsen Live+SD and the more inclusive Live+3 and final Live+7 data when available.


Topics: CNN
September 1st, 2015
11:36 AM ET

Season Two of CNN's "This Is Life with Lisa Ling" Premieres Sept. 30, at 9p ET/PT


The CNN Original Series, This Is Life with Lisa Ling, returns for its second season on Wednesday, September 30, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  In the eight-part investigative docuseries, award-winning journalist and author Ling travels across the country in search of ordinary people with extraordinary lives and explores their unconventional communities.

In the new season, Ling gains exclusive access to the children of Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints’ prophet and convicted felon Warren Jeffs, the Mongol Nation outlaw bikers, the LA County Coroner’s office, and The Satanic Temple in Detroit.  She also introduces viewers to Electronic Dance Music fans, young girls vying to be models, Richmond City inmates preparing for a “Date with Dad” dance, and professional pickup artists in Nevada.

This Is Life Season 2 Trailer 

In season one, This is Life with Lisa Ling ranked #1 across cable news in its time period among total viewers, adults 25-54 and 18-34.  The series is produced for CNN by part2 pictures, with executive producers Ling, Amy Bucher and David Shadrack Smith.

About part2
part2 is a content creator of award-winning programming across documentary, talent-driven formats, magazine reportage and lifestyle genres for broadcast and cable outlets. Based in Brooklyn and led by David Shadrack Smith, the company’s credits include critically acclaimed shows such as This is Life with Lisa Ling (CNN), Our America (OWN), Dixie Mafia (Discovery), Polygamy USA (NatGeo), Engineering Ground Zero (NOVA/PBS), Hard Time (NatGeo), and feature documentaries like An Honest Liar. Upcoming major shows and series include a landmark series with Oprah Winfrey titled Belief. Since launching in 2007, part2 has partnered with over a dozen networks, delivered more than 130 hours of programming, filmed in 35 countries and earned two Emmy awards, four Cine awards, a Gracie award, two IDA nominations including one win, and a Sundance Jury Prize.

About CNN Original Series

The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide. Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions, works directly with filmmakers and producers to develop original projects for CNN Original Series and CNN Films.


Contact:  Heather Brown; 212-275-8428:

Topics: CNN
August 31st, 2015
09:43 AM ET

Former Vice President Dick Cheney to CNN's Jamie Gangel: "I’d love to see Joe get in the race."

In her first interview conducted for the network, CNN’s new Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel sat down with former Vice President Dick Cheney and daughter Liz Cheney for a wide-ranging interview scheduled to air on Anderson Cooper 360, Tuesday, September 1st.

In an excerpt that aired on this morning’s New Day, Dick Cheney stated that Hillary Clinton’s handling of her emails was, “sloppy and unprofessional.” When asked if he’d like to see Joe Biden run for president, Cheney responded, “I’d love to see Joe get in the race.”

Text highlights and transcript available below.


Topics: CNN
August 30th, 2015
05:13 PM ET

CNN's Poppy Harlow sits down with the parents of slain journalist Alison Parker for an exclusive interview

CNN's Poppy Harlow sits down exclusively with Barbara and Andy Parker, the parents of Alison Parker, for an in-depth, wide-ranging interview touching on Alison’s career, gun control, and her cameraman Adam Ward.


 Barbara and Andy Parker on fighting for stricter gun laws

Barbara Parker: "From here - you can't change the world in a day.  I mean, that's been proven that you can't change the world in a day.  But we - we cannot be intimidated.  We cannot be pushed aside.  We cannot be told that this fight has been fought before, and that we're just one more grieving family trying to do something. I - I’ve looked in the camera on other interviews and I’ve said, if you were a parent, if you're a mother, if you have children, can you look your child in the eye and say, we are willing to allow you to be collateral damage in order to keep what some people perceive as their constitutional rights?  If we as a society are willing to accept that, what kind of society are we?”

Andy Parker: "Alison would be really mad at me if I didn't take this on, and I promise you - and I’ve said this time and again - these people are messing with the wrong family.  We are going to effect a change, and it's going to happen. And we need people like Senator Murphy and Governor McAuliffe who are courageous enough to stand with us.  And we will effect a change."  

Barbara Parker on those that say "If Sandy Hook couldn't deliver a change, nothing will”: "You think that how could that many children be killed and nothing happen, for it to be ignored?  But what we have to do, there are people out there whose minds we will never change.  They are the people that are unimportant in this fight.  The people who are important are the silent majority who feel the way we do, that some kind of gun control measures are necessary —"


Please Credit and Reference “CNN’s Poppy Harlow”

Topics: CNN
August 30th, 2015
03:18 PM ET

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos on Donald Trump: "...we have to take him seriously, because - the structure of the US - might be completely transformed if he becomes president.

Today on CNN’s Reliable Sources, Univision and Fusion Networks anchor, Jorge Ramos, joined host Brian Stelter to discuss Ramos’ ejection from Donald Trump’s press conference in Iowa on Tuesday, following his challenging questions to Trump on immigration – which received mixed reactions from Ramos’ colleagues.   They also discussed whether Ramos believes Trump could become the next president, as well as why Ramos says Donald Trump’s overall treatment of journalists during his campaign is “dangerous to press freedom.”

Reliable Sources airs Sundays, 11 a.m. to noon (ET).

A video, text highlights, and a full transcript from the show are available below.

MANDATORY CREDIT for reference and usage: “CNN’s RELIABLE SOURCES”


Topics: Brian Stelter • CNN • Reliable Sources
August 30th, 2015
02:07 PM ET

WDBJ7's GM Jeff Marks on the Virginia shooting: "As it unfolded, people in the control room thought maybe it was fireworks or back fire."

Today on CNN’s Reliable Sources, Jeff Marks, general manager at WDBJ7, joined host Brian Stelter. They discussed WDBJ7’s plan for conducting live shots in the future and the status of Alison and Adam’s significant others. Marks also talked about the gunman and former anchor, Vester Flanagan, and his mental state.

Reliable Sources airs Sundays, 11 a.m. to noon (ET).

A video, text highlights, and a full transcript from the show are available below.


Topics: Brian Stelter • CNN • Reliable Sources
August 30th, 2015
11:21 AM ET

State of the Cartoonion: 'Born to Run' or born to win?

This week marks the 40th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run," and superfan Gov. Chris Christie is certainly celebrating on the road to 2016.

Topics: CNN • Jake Tapper • State of the Union
August 30th, 2015
10:59 AM ET

Dame Helen Mirren DBE: "The Queen is... I just do it. Hillary is much fiercer than that...she is a lioness - & Elizabeth Windsor is not"

Please credit any usage to “CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS”

The following transcript is of an interview by host Fareed Zakaria with Dame Helen Mirren DBE, Academy Award-winning actress. They discussed whether she would like to play Hillary Clinton one day and whether she would vote for Clinton if she could. Mirren also explained the struggle of landing roles for older women in Hollywood and gave her comparisons of Hillary Clinton and Queen Elizabeth II.


Topics: CNN • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS
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