February 4th, 2016
01:58 PM ET

CNN’S TOWN HALL RANKS #1 IN CABLE NEWS LAST NIGHT

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Dem Town Hall is Top-Rated in both Total Viewers and Demos

According to Nielsen Fast National data, CNN’s New Hampshire Democratic Town Hall (9-11p) ranked #1 in cable news last night, topping Fox News and MSNBC in total viewers, adults 25-54, and adults 18-34.  Moderated by Anderson Cooper, the Town Hall averaged 2.717 million total viewers.  Fox News followed with 2.331 million and MSNBC trailed with 984k.  Among adults 25-54, CNN (871k) outperformed the combined delivery of Fox News (486k) and MSNBC (243k).  Among adults 18-34, CNN (391k) also outperformed the combined delivery of Fox News (104k) and MSNBC (41k).

The post-program, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon (11p-1a) also ranked #1 in the demo last night, averaging 364k, Fox News had 327k and MSNBC lagged with 141k.  CNN won overall primetime (8-11pm) with 694k, +34% more than Fox News’ 519k and a +215% lead over MSNBC’s 220k.

Source:  The Nielsen Company, Fast Nationals time period-based data for Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

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Topics: CNN
CNN International Commercial expands offering to broadcast and digital publishers
Kostas Oikonomou and Hristo Guertchev
February 4th, 2016
11:19 AM ET

CNN International Commercial expands offering to broadcast and digital publishers

New appointments to focus on content sales around US elections, digital products and branded channel launches

CNN has appointed a new Commercial Director, EMEA, and Head of Product for its Content Sales, Partnerships and Out of Home business as it increases its content and services offering for international affiliates and partners.

Kostas Oikonomou joins CNN International as Commercial Director, Content Sales and Partnerships, EMEA, to work with existing and new TV and digital publishers across the region to license CNN’s award-winning content, utilise CNN reporting, consultancy and training, and launch CNN-branded linear and digital channels.  Oikonomou has a long track-record of editorial, commercial and consultancy roles at Discovery Communications, Al-Jazeera English, Associated Press and NBC News.

Hristo Guertchev is appointed as CNN International’s Head of Product for Content Sales and Out of Home. Guertchev will work closely with CNN editorial, technology and commercial teams to define, develop and deliver products and services for CNN’s international TV and digital affiliate publishers and out of home partners such as hotels and airlines. Guertchev joins CNN International Commercial from Reuters, where he spent six years in a range of commercial and product roles, most recently as Senior Product Manager, Video. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
February 4th, 2016
12:59 AM ET

RUSH TRANSCRIPT: Hillary Clinton //CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall

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RUSH TRANSCRIPT:

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

ANDERSON COOPER:  And welcome back to the CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall at the Derry Opera House in New Hampshire.

Thanks very much for being with us.

You heard from Senator Bernie Sanders.

Please welcome the former secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

(APPLAUSE)

COOPER:  Please.

CLINTON:  Hello.

Please welcome former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  

(APPLAUSE) 

COOPER:  Have a seat.  

HILLARY CLINTON (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:  Hello.  

COOPER:  Welcome.  

CLINTON:  Thank you very much.  

COOPER:  So you've obviously had a pretty incredible several past couple of days.  Congratulations on winning in Iowa.  New Hampshire has always been good to the Clintons.  How does it feel out there?  

CLINTON:  It feels great.  I've had just an amazing time.  We landed in the middle of the night from Iowa still pretty pumped up about winning there, and then got to work the next day.

And I'm seeing a lot of old friends, meeting a lot of new people.  I have an uphill climb and I'm going to climb as high and hard as I can because I want to make my case for the people of New Hampshire.  

As you said, they're people that I feel very close to.  They've been good to my husband, to me, my family.  

But what's most important is the first in the nation primary.  It truly is a great opportunity to get out there, explain what you want to do as president, present your ideas, and get vetted by the people of New Hampshire.  

COOPER:  Bernie Sanders, just a short time ago, said he is the underdog here.  Your campaign has said, you know, he comes from neighboring Vermont, you guys are down in the polls.  

Do you feel you do better when you're fighting from behind?  

CLINTON:  You know, I don't know.  I…

COOPER:  Does it bring out something in you?   FULL POST


Topics: 2016 Election
February 3rd, 2016
10:55 PM ET

RUSH TRANSCRIPT Senator Sanders //CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall

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RUSH TRANSCRIPT:

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

ANDERSON COOPER, HOST:  Good evening, everyone.

What a night here in the nation's first presidential primary state, one town hall (INAUDIBLE) on the two remaining Democrats and the questions voters want answered before making their choice.

(APPLAUSE)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:   Tonight, the presidential race is more competitive than ever.  And the Democrats are here, in New Hampshire, to face the voters again.

HILLARY CLINTON (D-NY), FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:  I am so thrilled that I'm coming to New Hampshire after winning Iowa.

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (D-VT), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:  I believe we have a path toward victory.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:   It's down to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders - just two candidates on one stage, taking questions from the people of this battleground state on issues that hit close to home.

CLINTON:  I am excited about really getting into the debate with Senator Sanders.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:   Their differences are real and the stakes are soaring just days before the second crucial contest of 2016.

SANDERS:  Millions of people come together and say loudly and clearly, enough is enough.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:   This is a CNN Democratic town hall event, a chance for voters to try to debate with decision day around the corner.

SANDERS:  Democracy is not a spectator sport.

CLINTON:  New Hampshire, the eyes of the world are going to be on you again.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  New Hampshire is choosing.  The Democrats are in the spotlight.  And they're making their pitches to voters right now.

(APPLAUSE)

ANDERSON COOPER, HOST:  And good evening from the historic Derry Opera House in downtown Derry, New Hampshire.

Welcome.

We are here tonight with just six days to go until primary day.  Just six days left to decide, yet many voters remain undecided.

So tonight, Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders are here with the people of the state and the country for a conversation.

I want to welcome our viewers in the United States, in New Hampshire, around the world.  We're being seen on CNN, CNN En Espanol, CNN International.

I also want to extend a warm welcome to our service men and women who are watching on the American Forces network and to those who are listening on the Westwood One Radio Network and on CNN Channel 116 on Sirius XM.

In the audience here in Derry, New Hampshire, people who tell us they will be participating in Tuesday's Democratic primary, which means registered Democrats or Independents.  Some have already made up their minds.  Others still trying to decide whom to vote for.

The clock is ticking, guys.

We asked audience members to come up with their own questions, which we - we've reviewed to make sure they don't overlap.  I'll ask some questions, as well.  But tonight is really about the voters getting to know the candidates.

So, let's get started.

Up first tonight, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

(APPLAUSE)

COOPER:  Thanks for joining us.

SANDERS:  Good to see you.

(APPLAUSE)

COOPER:  Welcome.

SANDERS:  Good to be with you.

COOPER:  So...

(APPLAUSE)

COOPER:  - you have had, obviously, quite a few days.  It's been quite a - quite a whirlwind for you.  I understand your campaigned - the campaign says you've raised at least $3 million since - since Iowa.

I'm wondering out there, in New Hampshire today, what are you feeling?

What sort of momentum?

Are you feeling the Bern?

(LAUGHTER)

SANDERS:  We're feeling great.

(LAUGHTER)

SANDERS:  Yes, I am, now that you ask.  We're feeling really great.  I think the message that we are bringing forth is resonating with the American people.  And you talked about money.  One of the things that has happened in our campaign, Anderson, which has blown me away, it really has, is we have received three and a half million individual contributions.  That is more than any candidate in the history of the United States up until this point. FULL POST


Topics: 2016 Election
February 3rd, 2016
06:13 PM ET

Bush on Trump's performance in Iowa: "Donald Trump lost. And he'd better get used to it."

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Today on The Lead with Jake Tapper, former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL), GOP presidential candidate, joined the program, to discuss the New Hampshire Primary and his GOP presidential rivals.  Please see below for a full rushed transcript.


Visit http://www.cnn.com/shows/the-lead for additional information.

 

Please credit all usage to CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper

 

Text Highlights

 

Bush on Trump: “Well, what I first make of it is that Donald Trump lost.  And he'd better get used to it, because it may happen more often than once.  He lost.  He talks about how he's going to win everything.  He didn't win this one.  And Ted Cruz gets credit for winning the Iowa Caucuses. But now the reset button has been pushed.  We're in New Hampshire now.  And look, I just think it's more important to focus on what - what people in the Granite State care about right now. And what they care about is someone with detailed plans to fix the mess in Washington.”

 

 

Bush reacts to Christie’s claim that New Hampshire is a race between himself and Rubio: “I love Chris Christie.  He is a - he's a great campaigner, he's a good friend and he's been an effective governor.  But the race is wide open.  The idea that it's between he and Marco Rubio is a, you know, look, that's just the way politics works. We're - we're working hard and - and so is Chris.  You know, I admire that.  But I'm working really hard.  And my message of having a proven conservative record of accomplishment matches up pretty well against Senator Cruz and Senator Rubio, who have nothing in their background that would suggest they can make a tough decision.”

 

 

Bush on his new Trump attack ad: [TAPPER]: “I did find it kind of interesting that you didn't mention the one group, Muslims, that Trump has suggested should be barred from entering the United States. Why didn't you mention them?”

[BUSH]: “I do mention it on the stump all the time, that we should - we should be respectful of people of the Muslim faith.  Americans that are patriotic that are of the Muslim faith are just as American as I am.  And I do that all the time, Jake.  And I'm not sure why in that riff, it was not mentioned.  But it's - I bring it up all the time. And it's also - it makes it harder for us to have the appropriate foreign policy to destroy ISIS when you say you're going to ban Muslims, who you need to rely on to create a coalition to be able to defeat ISIS and bring about stability in Syria so that we can be kept safe.”

 

 

Bush defends his attacks on Rubio: “Look, you - you think it's tough right now, wait until Hillary Clinton's hit machine hits the party's nominee.  This is beanbag compared to what's going to likely happen when if she wins. She has no compelling positive message.  She's going to scrape the bark off the Republican nominee.  Everybody ought to be, you know, getting ready for it. And Marco's got an ad, his super PAC has an ad attacking me.  You're not seeing me crying crocodile tears about it.  That's just the way it is.”

 

FULL POST

February 3rd, 2016
04:02 PM ET

USAGE RULES FOR THE CNN DEMOCRATIC TOWN HALL

Usage Rules for the CNN Democratic Town Hall in Derry, New Hampshire.  9pmEST on CNN. 

Domestic Broadcast Use:  Upon conclusion of the town hall, news organizations in the U.S. may use excerpts (up to 3:00minutes at a time) and must provide on screen credit throughout “Courtesy of CNN.”  CNN Affiliates are asked to contact CNN Newsource for more information.

 Domestic Digital Video Use :  Similar to broadcast rules, upon conclusion of the town hall, news organizations in the U.S.  may use digital video clips (up to 3:00 minutes at a time) and must credit CNN.  

 International Use –  Broadcast and Digital  (NON CNN AFFILIATES):  Usage for international news organizations in broadcast and digital will be limited to one minute, CNN branded, after 1amET, for 24 hours only. All town hall material will be “No Access Japan”. No redistribution by News Agencies.  Please contact with additional inquiries: ins@turner.com

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Topics: 2016 Election
February 2nd, 2016
01:20 PM ET

CNN tops FOX News and MSNBC in demo during Iowa Caucuses

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MASSIVE TURNOUT FOR CNN DIGITAL

According to Nielsen fast national data, CNN topped Fox News and MSNBC in the demo adults 25-54 during last night’s coverage of the Iowa Caucuses.

During the full coverage block (7p-2a), CNN averaged 1.082 million viewers, Fox News followed with 867k and MSNBC had 483k.

CNN also topped Fox News and MSNBC during primetime in the demo.  CNN had 1.394 million, Fox News averaged 1.165 million and MSNBC trailed with 592k.

This represents the highest rated Iowa Caucuses in CNN and cable news history, among adults 25-54.

In total viewers, CNN averaged 2.806 million (7p-2a), the network’s highest rated Iowa Caucus coverage ever among total viewers.

Online, CNN Politics' mix of strong stories, engaging experiences, interactives, results and explanatory video won the day. CNN Digital saw record-setting audiences, registering its third best day in history, with more than 5 million unique visitors on CNNPolitics.com, 3 million mobile app users and 14 million unique visitors for CNN Digital overall.   (Source: Adobe Reports & Analytics.) 

 

 


Topics: CNN
February 2nd, 2016
01:18 PM ET

1.35 Million Viewers See CNN Films Presents HISTORY OF THE EAGLES – Premiere #1 on Saturday

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Director Alison Ellwood’s look at the musical legacy of the rock supergroup soars for CNN Films Presents 

Among Viewers 18-34, in 25-54 Demo, and Total Viewers

The CNN Films Presents premiere of History of the Eagles won its time period on Saturday night, and was seen by 1.35 million total viewers Saturday, Jan. 30, beginning 8:00pm Eastern.  The four-hour film premiere also won the time period (8:00pm to 11:55pm Eastern) for cable news viewers with 384k viewers aged 25 to 54 years, as well as among younger viewers aged 18 to 34 years with 67k viewers.

In its time period Saturday night, CNN Films Presents History of the Eagles outperformed the combined delivery of Fox News and MSNBC (726k total viewers for Fox and 304k total viewers for MSNBC) among total viewers and among viewers in the cable news demo of viewers aged 25 to 54 (168k for Fox and 157k for MSNBC).  MSNBC averaged 44k among viewers aged 18 to 34; Fox News averaged 33k among viewers aged 18 to 34.

The film, directed by Alison Ellwood and produced by Alex Gibney first debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and spans the early life of the bandmates, their rise to super stardom, the breakup of the band, and their reunion.  FULL POST

February 2nd, 2016
12:22 PM ET

CNN STRONG #2, UP DOUBLE-DIGITS IN JANUARY

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Ranks #1 across Cable News in Weekend Total Day and Prime in Demo

CNN Special Events Programming Tops Competition

January was another strong month for CNN with the network kicking off the year ranking #2 in cable news and growing double-digits vs a year ago. For the month, CNN ranked #2 in cable news in Total Day and Primetime in both total viewers and the demo 25-54. CNN has now topped MSNBC for the 19th straight month in Total Day among both total viewers and the demo, and in Primetime in the demo – the longest winning streak in almost eight years (since Feb. 2008).  CNN has now beaten MSNBC in Primetime in total viewers for the second consecutive month.  Also in January, CNN ranked #1 in cable news on weekends (Sat/Sun) in both Total Day and Primetime among 25-54.

Of particular note, CNN special events programming all ranked #1 across cable news in their time periods this month:

  • AC360: Guns in America Town Hall ranked #1 among 25-54 and 18-34. (1/7/16, 8-9:12p);
  • 2016 State of the Union Address ranked #1 in total viewers, 25-54 and 18-34. (1/12/16, 9:11-10:09p);
  • Iowa Democratic Town Hall ranked #1 among total viewers, 25-54, and 18-34 and was highest-rated primary candidates’ cable news event (excluding debates) on record among Live+SD. (1/25/16, 9-11:05p);
  • New Year’s Eve with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin ranked #1 in total viewers, 25-54 and 18-34. This year’s show was best ever with the co-hosts among total viewers in the 12a-12:30a time period. (12/31/15, 8p-12:38a).

CNN January 2016 Program Highlights:

Dayside:

  • CNN dayside (9a-4p) programs all ranked #2 in January with CNN posting a +61% advantage over MSNBC in total viewers (639k vs. 396k) and a +82% lead in the demo (155k vs. 85k).  MSNBC ranked #3.

Late Afternoons:

  • The Lead with Jake Tapper (4pm) ranked #2 in cable news, easily topping MSNBC in both total viewers (713k vs. MSNBC’s 425k) and the demo (169k vs. 87k).  The Lead grew +7% in total viewers from a year ago.
  • The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer (5-7pm) ranked #2 in cable news besting MSNBC in both total viewers (712k vs. MSNBC’s 538k) and in the demo (191k vs. 101k). The Situation Room was up in total viewers (+10%) vs. year ago.

Primetime:

  • CNN beat MSNBC during M-F primetime hours at 7pm, 8pm and 10pm in the key demo 25-54.
  • Erin Burnett Outfront (7pm) ranked #2 in the demo (218k), topping MSNBC’s Hardball (165k) by +32%.  EBOF was up +14% vs. a year ago in total viewers and +3% in the demo 25-54.
  • Anderson Cooper 360 ranked #2 in both total viewers (952k) and the demo (287k) easily topping MSNBC’s Chris Hayes (830k/178k).  AC 360 was the highest-rated CNN primetime news program.  AC 360 grew +34% in total viewers and +16% in the demo compared to last year.  CNN has now topped MSNBC in total viewers for the fourth straight month and in the demo for the 19th consecutive month at 8p.
  • CNN Tonight with Don Lemon ranked #2 in the demo (212k), topping MSNBC (179k).  CNN has now beaten MSNBC at 10pm for the 19th straight month in the important key demo 25-54.  The Lemon-led program was up +31% in total viewers and +12% among 25-54 vs. last year.

 Saturdays:

  • New Day Saturday (6-9a) ranked #2 in cable news each hour in total viewers and the demo 25-54.  MSNBC was 4th.
  • Smerconish (9am) ranked #2 in total viewers (692k vs. MSNBC’s 326k) and more than doubled MSNBC among 25-54 (157k vs. MSNBC’s 73k).
  • CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield ranked #1 at 11a, 12p, 1p and 2p among 25-54.  The show was up double-digits most hours vs. a year ago.
  • CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow ranked #1 during the 3-6pm hours in the key demo 25-54 in January.  The program was also up double digits each hour in total viewers and most hours in the demo compared to last year.

Sundays:

  • Inside Politics with John King (8:30a) ranked #2 in both total viewers (614k) and the demo (168k).  MSNBC ranked 4th. The program grew +57% in total viewers and +28% in the demo from last year.
  • State of the Union with Jake Tapper ranked #2 on Sundays at 9am and was #1 at noon in the key demo 25-54.  At 9am SOTU averaged 674k in total viewers and grew +35% vs. last year, registering 173k in the demo (+12%).  At noon, SOTU was up +29% in total viewers (825k) and +44% in the demo (188k) compared to a year ago.
  • Fareed Zakaria GPS (10am) ranked #2 in total viewers (772k, up +27%) and in the demo 25-54 (185k).  At 1p GPS ranked #1 in the demo 25-54 (159k, up +17%).
  • Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter (11am) grew significantly vs. a year ago, increasing +49% in total viewers and +42% in the demo 25-54.  RS ranked #2 this month in both total viewers (749k) and among 25-54 (190k).

CNN Films and CNN Films Presents:

  • CNN Films: Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine Premiere (Sun 1/3/16, 9p-11p): Across cable news in its time period, ranked #1 among total viewers, 25-54 and 18-34.  The film outperformed the combined delivery of FXNC and MSNBC in each demo.  Of the 21 CNN Films and 5 CNN Films Presents premieres to-date among Live+SD, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine is the 3rd highest-rated among 25-54 (after Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me and Blackfish).
  • CNN Films: Sunshine Superman Premiere (Sun 1/17/16, 9p-10:55p): Across cable news in its time period, ranked #2 in 25-54 and #1 in 18-34.  Attracted the youngest audience across cable news in its time period.
  • CNN Films Presents: History of the Eagles Premiere (Sat 1/30/16, 8-11:55p): CNN ranked #1 in total viewers, 25-54 and 18-34.  The film outperformed the combined delivery of FXNC and MSNBC in 25-54 and total viewers.  Of the 21 CNN Films and 5 CNN Films Presents premieres to-date among Live+SD, History of the Eagles is the 3rd highest-rated among total viewers (after Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me and Blackfish).

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

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Topics: CNN
Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 7 and 8
CNN’s ‘Winning Post’ is joined by British sports presenter and journalist Aly Vance (nee Rowell) as the new host of the network’s monthly flat-racing show.
February 2nd, 2016
06:37 AM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 7 and 8

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New 'Winning Post' host Aly Vance

New 'Winning Post' host Aly Vance

Saturday 20 February at 1730 GMT / 1830 CET

Sunday 21 February at 0730 GMT / 0830 CET and 2230 GMT / 2330 CET

Thursday 25 February at 1030 GMT / 1130 CET and 1730 GMT / 1830 CET

Saturday 27 February at 0730 GMT / 0830 CET and 2230 GMT / 2330 CET

Sunday 28 February at 1730 GMT / 1830 CET

 

Duration: 30 Minutes

 

In February, CNN’s ‘Winning Post’ is joined by British sports presenter and journalist Aly Vance (nee Rowell) as the new host of the network’s monthly flat-racing show.

In her first programme as host, Vance (pictured) explores horse racing in South Africa, reporting from the continent’s newest and richest horse race, the CTS Million Dollar and the long-running J&B Met: races as famous for haute couture as the horses themselves. FULL POST


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