October 4th, 2012
02:45 PM ET

CNN Tops MSNBC During Debate; Also Tops Fox News in Younger Viewers (18-34)


Wednesday, October 3/Nielsen Fast Nationals ratings data:

CNN tops MSNBC by wide margins in total viewers and key demos (25-54 and 18-34) throughout the night
CNN also tops Fox News in younger viewers (18-34) all evening


October 4th, 2012
01:37 PM ET

Syria violence spills into Turkey

Nic Robertson, CNN International's Senior Correspondent speaks with Carol Costello on CNN Newsroom about the escalating violence in Turkey.

Syria is apologizing after five people were killed after shelling from the country crossed the border into a Turkish town. The Turkey government passed a resolution for troops to go into Syria, if necessary.

"Turkey has retaliated to yesterday's incident without declaring war on Syria. Political, diplomatic initiatives will continue," Ibrahim Kalin, the foreign policy adviser to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Thursday in a posting on Twitter. "Turkey has no interest in a war with Syria. But Turkey is capable of protecting its borders and will retaliate when necessary," Kalin added.

Topics: Breaking News • CNN • CNN International • Nic Robertson • Syria
October 4th, 2012
01:19 PM ET

Ali Velshi Fact Checks Tax Cuts from Last Night's Debate

On CNN Newsroom, CNN's Chief Business Correspondent Ali Velshi (@alivelshi) explains Mitt Romney's central economic plan and breaks down the complicated numbers and how the President got to the 5 trillion dollar allegation about Romney's tax plan.

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics
Users tune into CNN TV coverage of debate online
Watch live CNN TV on CNN.com and the CNN Apps for iPhone and iPad
October 4th, 2012
01:12 PM ET

Users tune into CNN TV coverage of debate online

Yesterday, CNN presented its live TV broadcast and offered unrestricted access to the network’s presidential debate programming through CNN.com and via CNN’s apps for iPhone and iPad.  It was the second-highest day this year for live video on CNN.com. (Whitney Houston’s funeral was the first with 1.9 million streams)

Initial traffic for CNN.com’s coverage of the debate showed that users watched, with numbers up across the board:

  • 53.3 million page views globally
  • nearly 5 million video starts globally
  • 1.2 million live streams globally
  • 22.7 million streaming minutes on the domestic site.

(Source: Omniture SiteCatalyst)

Across the CNN Apps for iPhone and iPad, traffic and video also did well:

  • iPhone – 1.3 million global page views and a 112% increase in video usage versus the prior 4 non-event Wednesday average
  • iPad – 3.1 million global page views and video views that were 2.5 times greater than the prior 4 non-event

(Source: iTunes Connect)


Topics: CNN Digital • Mobile • Ratings
Participate and Vote for 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
October 4th, 2012
12:36 PM ET

Participate and Vote for 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

CNN iReport, the network’s global participatory news community, is offering users the opportunity to share their favorite rock ‘n roll stories for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s announcement to let fans participate in selecting the 2013 inductees. They can also use the hashtag #RockNRollMemories to join the conversation via social media.

Check out the full story at CNN Entertainment and vote for your favorite artist. Voting ends December 5, and the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Saturday, April 18, 2013.

Topics: CNN Digital • Entertainment • iReport
October 4th, 2012
11:18 AM ET

PBS CEO: We are America's biggest classroom

On CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, PBS president and  CEO Paula Kerger stunned at PBS funding mention during debate in light of the big issues facing the country.

Topics: CNN • CNN Newsroom
October 4th, 2012
10:56 AM ET

Gov. O'Malley: Romney didn't change dynamics of race

Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) says that although Romney had an elevated level of performance, his plan remains unspecific. Later in the interview, O'Malley talks about the opportunity that future debates will afford.

Gov. O’Malley says, “I don’t believe you’ll see a fundamental change in the dynamics of this race. And I believe the big question that still needs to be answered is Governor Romney’s so-called plan that he won’t let anyone see about how it is that he can cut taxes and revenues by $4 trillion or $5 trillion and somehow tell us to just trust him, because behind Door No. 3, there’s a secret plan and he can’t tell us about it until the election is over. I think that was a blank that he was not able to fill in last night. There were high expectations that he would be specific about that and instead he skated around it, Soledad.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

Say cheese: CNN iReport creates photo scavenger hunt
October 4th, 2012
10:41 AM ET

Say cheese: CNN iReport creates photo scavenger hunt

CNN is partnering with Atlanta’s Flux Night, an annual public art event taking place this Saturday in the Castleberry Hill Arts District. Through iReport, the network’s global participatory news community, event goers can participate in a photo scavenger hunt by uploading photos to capture the night’s fun, beauty and quirkiness.

Outlined below is a preview of the scavenger hunt items and their hashtags. Flux Night attendees can use the CNN App, the Flux Night App, or an Instagram hashtag to take pictures of:

–Something illuminated, with bonus points for long exposures and light trails: #fluxlight

–A pattern: #fluxpattern

–Flux street style, meaning an interesting outfit or accessory: #fluxstyle

–Something or someone in motion: #fluxmotion

–Your favorite thing about Flux Night: #fluxfave

Once the photos are submitted, they will be curated in real time into a display at the event. The photo scavenger hunt is part of CNN’s Our Mobile Society, a month-long editorial initiative to explore the new world where mobile technology has shifted from nicety to necessity.

Topics: CNN Digital • iReport • Mobile
October 4th, 2012
10:13 AM ET

Sesame Workshop: 'Big Bird lives on;' we receive 'very little funding from PBS'

Before Mitt Romney said he was going to stop the subsidy to PBS, even though he likes Big Bird, at the first presidential debate, Sherrie Westin, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Sesame Workshop, told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that cuts to public broadcasting will not ‘kill Big Bird.’

Westin says, “Sesame Workshop receives very, very little funding from PBS. So, we are able to raise our funding through philanthropic, through our licensed product, which goes back into the educational programming, through corporate underwriting and sponsorship. So quite frankly, you can debate whether or not there should be funding of public broadcasting. But when they always try to tout out Big Bird, and say we’re going to kill Big Bird – that is actually misleading, because Sesame Street will be here.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
October 4th, 2012
09:29 AM ET

McCain: Surprised how well Mitt did; don't underestimate President

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) talks debate performance, future debates, potential poll bounce on Starting Point.

Sen. McCain says, “I was surprised at how well Mitt did. And I think it was very important because he came across as the person he really is, as opposed how he’s been portrayed by hundreds of millions of dollars of attack ads. And obviously I was surprised at the President’s poor performance. But part of it, Soledad, is that four years ago it was about hope and change. Now it’s about choice and the President had a record to defend and he didn’t do a very good job at it.”

He continues, “Last night was so bad if [it would have] been a fight, they would have stopped it.”

On future debates, McCain adds, “This President’s very smart. He’s very intelligent. He’s an excellent speaker. I think that he was fairly rusty. He’s had four years, relatively unchallenged in the things that he has said. And Mitt went through a very tough primary, as we all know. I think that showed up last night. I would not underestimate the President of the United States in the next couple of debates, and I don’t think Mitt will either.

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

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