Zite downloads rocket to number 1 after news of CNN acquisition
CNN holds the first two positions for free news apps on iPad with Zite and the CNN App.
August 31st, 2011
05:35 PM ET

Zite downloads rocket to number 1 after news of CNN acquisition

Today, the day after CNN announced that it had acquired Zite, a news app for the iPad that gives users a personalized magazine-like experience, it became the number 1 free news app for iPad, up from number 21 the day before.  The CNN App for iPad came in number two with CNN holding the top two positions for free iPad apps in the news category.

Topics: CNN Digital • Mobile
August 31st, 2011
03:11 PM ET

AC360: Paul wants to cut FEMA funding

Last night on AC360°, Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul said if he’s elected president he’d do away with FEMA.  Anderson Cooper grilled him about that idea.

August 31st, 2011
11:48 AM ET

Piers Morgan Tonight: Arianna Huffington discusses the job crisis in America

Last night, media mogul Arianna Huffington was a guest on "Piers Morgan Tonight" and discussed the current job crisis in America, and the government's lack of urgency in fixing this crisis.

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
August 31st, 2011
10:28 AM ET

Rivers: Burned Gadhafi nanny gets care

Following up on his earlier report, CNN's Dan Rivers (@danieljerivers) reports the nanny allegedly burned by Gadhafi's daughter-in-law is now getting medical care in Tripoli.

Topics: CNN • CNN International
August 31st, 2011
09:47 AM ET

Damon reports: At 19, she executed rebels for Gadhafi

Nisreen looks younger than her age - 19. But as a member of the female unit of Moammar Gadhafi's militia, Nisreen says she was forced to execute 11 Libyan rebels. Arwa Damon (@arwaCNN) reports from Libya.

Libyan teen says Gadhafi's troops forced her to execute rebels

Topics: CNN • CNN International
August 31st, 2011
06:37 AM ET

CNN Libya Communiqué Thursday 1 September 2011

Please find below the latest CNN articles and videos on Libya  

CNN staff are newsgathering and reporting for all of CNN Worldwide's platforms in Libya, providing comprehensive live coverage across: CNN/U.S. and CNN International on television; CNN.com; CNN's free apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch; and CNNArabic.com, and CNN's Arabic language website based in Dubai which draws upon CNN's global resources of journalists and video production.


Topics: Breaking News • CNN • CNN International • CNN Newsroom
August 30th, 2011
04:18 PM ET

CNN Grows 55% in Prime; AC 360 Tops MSNBC at 8 & 10








In August, CNN continued to post significant year-over-year ratings gains, growing more than any cable news network, increasing +55% in M-F primetime (232k vs. 150k). In addition, CNN tied for second with MSNBC in M-F primetime among P25-54 (232k vs. 232k). 


CNN outperformed MSNBC in total day (6a-6a) among both total viewers (540k vs. 429k) and in the key demo 25-54 (189k vs. 143k). CNN grew the most in other key dayparts as well, increasing +63% in total day (189k vs. 116k) and +48% during the daytime in the key demo (173k vs. 117k) compared to last year. 


Since AC 360 launched on August 8 at 8 pm, the program has delivered 219k in the key demo 25-54, a +74% increase over year ago programming (126k), a +44% increase vs. last month’s 152k and a 30% increase vs. CNN’s 8pm programming during the second quarter (168k).  (For the month, CNN topped MSNBC in the key demo at 8 pm and in the key demo and total viewers at 10 pm – see below).


On Sunday, August 28 during Hurricane Irene coverage from 6a-Noon CNN easily topped FNC and MSNBC in the demo with CNN averaging 650k, FNC followed with 583k and MSNBC had 201k.  From 9a-5p on Sunday, CNN averaged 577k, FNC had 510k and MSNBC posted 184k. Meanwhile in primetime, CNN also outperformed the cable news competition with 343k, FNC averaged 256k and MSNBC’s 218k.  On Saturday from 9a-5p CNN also topped the competition among the key demo adults 25-54 averaging 647k, FNC had 564k and MSNBC posted 210k.  


While CNN saw a +55% increase in overall M-F primetime vs. a year ago (232k vs. 150k), MSNBC was flat (232k vs. 233), and FNC grew 7% (578k vs. 541k).  CNN’s signature programs surged with double-digit gains in both the key demo 25-54 and in total viewers in August.


  • CNN’s AC 360 at 8 pm topped MSNBC in the key demo (219k vs. 199k) in August.  The show also increased an impressive +74% in P25-54 vs. a year ago – 219k vs. 126k; MSNBC decreased -25% (199k vs. 265k) and FNC’s O’Reilly Factor was up +5% (679k vs. 644k). In total viewers, AC 360 was up +47% (662k vs. 451k); MSNBC was down -15% (817k vs. 964k) and FNC increased +7% (2.910m vs. 2.719m) compared to last year.


  • At 9 pm, Piers Morgan Tonight increased +52% in the key demo (227k vs. 149k) compared to a year ago – while MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show was up less than half that recorded by CNN, up +21% (279k vs. 230k) and Hannity was down -3% (532k vs. 549k).  Among total viewers Piers Morgan Tonight increased +37 (750k vs. 547k), MSNBC was up +12% (925k vs. 829k) and FNC was down -1% (2.088m vs. 2.116m) vs. a year ago. 


  • At 10 pm, AC 360 topped MSNBC’s The Ed Show/Docs by +21% in the key demo (267k vs. 220k) and in total viewers (750k vs. 731k) in August. CNN had strong ratings gains at 10pm, increasing 55% in the key demo (267k vs. 172k) and 34% in total viewers (750k vs. 560k) vs. a year ago.  MSNBC’s The Ed Show/Docs was up only +8% (220k vs. 204k), while FNC remained relatively flat, +1% (457k vs. 452k) compared to a year ago.  In total viewers vs. a year ago, AC 360 was up +34% (750k vs. 560k), while MSNBC grew +37% (731k vs. 534k) and FNC increased just +2% (1.821m vs. 1.780m).


  • John King USA at 7 pm was up more than MSNBC and FNC in August, increasing +67% in the demo 25-54 (174k vs. 104k) and grew +46% among total viewers (531k vs. 364k).


  • At 5 pm, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer increased +37% in the demo (173k vs. 126k) and +34% among total viewers (711k vs. 532k) compared to last year.  CNN also topped MSNBC’s Hardball in both demographics. 


  • At 6 pm, Sit Room was up +54% in the demo (179k vs. 116k) and up +41% in total viewers (615k vs. 437k) vs. a year ago.  The Situation Room also topped MSNBC Live at 6 pm in the demo (179k vs. 161k). 


  • In August, CNN Newsroom (9a-5p) bested MSNBC’s programming during the day time (9a-5p) in total viewers (587k vs. 371k) and in the key demo (173k vs. 101k).  This represents a 58% advantage over MSNBC in total viewers and a 71% lead in the demo.


CNN reached a cumulative audience of 100.6 million viewers in August, FNC followed with 87.4 million and MSNBC trailed with 80.1 million. 




Topics: CNN • CNN Press Releases • Ratings
August 30th, 2011
02:57 PM ET

Piers Morgan Tonight: WBC Champ Victor Ortiz on his childhood

Tomorrow night, boxing champions Victor Ortiz and Oscar De La Hoya are guests "Piers Morgan Tonight," ahead of Ortiz's September 17 fight against Floyd Mayweather. Ortiz described his rough childhood. "It hasn't really been too easy growing up," he tells Piers Morgan. "My mother never came home. The WBC Welterweight Champion later talks about how he will prepare for the much antipated fight on September 17th.

Watch the full interview Wednesday at 9pmET/PT.  "24/7: Mayweather vs. Ortiz" is airing now on HBO and replays on CNN.

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
CNN Acquires Zite
August 30th, 2011
12:56 PM ET

CNN Acquires Zite

CNN has acquired technology company Zite, a news app for the iPad that gives users a personalized magazine-like experience, it was announced today by Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide. CNN has added Zite to its already robust portfolio of digital products as a separate, stand-alone business that will continue to innovate and provide users with the news and information they want.

“Zite represents the next generation of content discovery and personalized publishing, and CNN wants to help lead in that space,” said KC Estenson, general manager of CNN Digital.  “We think we can advance the industry in a meaningful way that helps content creators expand their businesses while growing the distribution of a product that people already love.  The Zite technology can also help CNN's Websites and apps serve more personalized content, making our current digital services even better.”

Zite is an iPad app that leverages deeper technology to provide an individually personalized experience. Zite surfaces content to users that they will find most interesting from a variety of sources across the Web by learning users' preferences and getting smarter as it’s used.

“Zite is thrilled about combining forces with CNN to create a world-class news discovery platform,” said Mark Johnson, CEO of Zite.  “In CNN, we have found a partner who shares our vision and passion. Being part of the CNN family gives us the capital to grow Zite's business and continue to innovate in the space.”


Topics: CNN Digital
August 29th, 2011
09:54 PM ET

Piers Morgan Tonight: Newark Mayor Cory Booker on Irene's aftermath

Tonight, Newark Mayor Cory Booker was a guest on "Piers Morgan Tonight," and spoke about the response to Hurricane Irene as well as his use of social media  last week in preparation for Irene.

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
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