October 29th, 2013
03:34 PM ET

CNN Programs Continue Ratings Gains vs. a Year Ago; While Every FXNC and MSNBC Weekday Program is Down

“Crossfire” is Up +11% in Total Viewers and +17% in Demo Rating;New Day” is also Up Compared to CNN Programming a Year Ago

 “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” Ranks #1 in Cable News in Demo Rating and is Up Triple-Digits in Both Total Viewers and Demo 25-54

CNN Mobile Video Up 10x; Politics Section Posts Best Month of the Year

In spite of October’s highly partisan news cycle, all CNN weekday programs were up this month vs. a year ago; while every FXNC and MSNBC weekday program was down.  This month, Fox News Channel’s program line-up declined each weekday hour by double-digits vs. a year ago among the 25-54 demo rating. MSNBC posted the largest 25-54 rating declines in cable news vs. a year ago every weekday hour from 8:00a – 10:00p (with the exception of 7p).

Year-to-date, CNN ranks as the #2 cable news network in total day (6a-6a) in both total viewers (434k) and in the demo 25-54 rating (140k).  FULL POST

Topics: CNN • Parts Unknown
October 29th, 2013
12:38 PM ET

CNN Films to air PANDORA'S PROMISE Thursday, Nov. 7

PANDORA’S PROMISE, premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, will receive its global television debut as a CNN Films broadcast on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 9:00pm to 11:00pm, with encores from 11:00pm to 1:00am and 2:00am to 4:00am.  All times Eastern.

The atomic bomb and accidents at Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and Fukushima bring to mind apocalyptic disasters, but the science and experience since suggest that long-held fears about nuclear power may be wrong.  Academy Award®-nominated director Robert Stone examines how fears of “nukes” may have extended the era of fossil fuels, perilously accelerating the pace of climate change as the global demand for energy soars, particularly in the developing world.  Stone takes his camera inside the exclusion zone around Fukushima, and even ventures inside the notorious Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Stone tells the intensely personal stories of environmentalists and energy experts who have undergone profound conversions from being passionately against, to strongly favoring nuclear energy – putting their careers and reputations on the line in the process.  Through the voices of Stewart Brand, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas, Richard Rhodes, and Michael Shellenberger, Stone exposes this rift within the environmental movement as they describe their individual journeys of defection.  Also included are interviews with two pioneering engineers of next generation nuclear reactors. FULL POST

October 28th, 2013
03:37 PM ET

Dick Cheney to CNN's Jake Tapper on Edward Snowden: I think he's a traitor...I hope we can catch him at some point

CNN’s Jake Tapper sat down with former Vice President Dick Cheney to discuss his new book Heart: An American Medical Odyssey, NSA spying, his daughter's Wyoming Senate race and more. This interview will air today on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper at 4 p.m. ET. A preview from the interview is below.

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


The Lead Blog: Dick Cheney on latest NSA disclosure, spying on allies: You never know what you're going to need, when you need it
CNN Renews Morgan Spurlock's Inside Man For Second Season
October 28th, 2013
10:48 AM ET

CNN Renews Morgan Spurlock's Inside Man For Second Season

Season Two Premieres in Spring 2014 with Eight Episodes; Topics Include Celebrity, Income Inequality and The Future

CNN’s popular original series Inside Man, produced and hosted by Oscar®-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, is renewed for a second season, it was announced today.

The new season of eight, one-hour episodes launches in Spring 2014 and features Spurlock immersing himself in topical subjects while offering an intimate look into diverse aspects of the human condition.

In season two, Spurlock takes a deep dive into topics that include, “Celebrity” (the job of satisfying the public’s constant appetite for the famous), “Income Disparity” (the 1% vs. the 99%), and “The Future” (where Morgan Spurlock goes on an epic quest to live forever). FULL POST

October 28th, 2013
10:02 AM ET

Neil Patrick Harris talks magic show, final season of "How I Met Your Mother," + "Sleep No More"

Neil Patrick Harris visited CNN’s morning show “New Day” and opened up about directing magic show “Nothing to Hide,” wrapping up the ninth and final season of “How I Met Your Mother,” and guest starring in PunchDrunk’s “Sleep No More.”

“Two amazing card magicians named Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimarães performed at the Magic Castle, and I’m the President of the Academy of Magical Arts there at the Magic Castle,” Harris said about ‘Nothing to Hide.’ “I saw them do this show together; it was wildly successful, but only in that little, small world. So I had them do it at the Geffen Playhouse in L.A. It broke records there. It extended four times. And so now we’re bringing it to New York. So, it’s guys doing card magic like you’ve never seen.”

On his interest in magic, Harris said, “I’m a big fan of live, variety arts. I’ve always loved it. I love the Cirque du Soleils. I love the David Copperfield. I love going out and seeing things. That’s why I’m a proponent of theater and the Tonys and all of that. Because I think there is a better, more complete experience when you’re immersed in something, as opposed to just sitting and watching it.”

“New Day” airs weekday mornings from 6-9 a.m. ET on CNN.

Topics: Chris Cuomo • Kate Bolduan • Michaela Pereira • New Day
October 27th, 2013
02:32 PM ET

Gladwell on GPS: David was no underdog

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS featured an interview with Malcolm Gladwell, author of David and Goliath- Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (October 2013), and staff writer for The New Yorker.

Gladwell discussed how disabilities and obstacles- in life and in business- can become advantages.  He chose to retell the Biblical parable of "David and Goliath" in order to dispute the notion that "the weak" can only succeed by "some improbable miracle" in a modern context.

Topics: CNN
October 27th, 2013
01:06 PM ET

Fleming: No accountability from Sebelius

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, former health policy advisor during the Obama Administration from 2009-2011, and Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), one-time Louisiana Family Doctor of the Year, spoke with CNN about the troubles with the Obamacare website, the accountability for the challenges, and the Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

A transcript and videos are available after the jump.


Topics: CNN
October 27th, 2013
12:47 PM ET

Rogers: Healthcare.gov isn't secure

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, spoke EXCLUSIVELY to CNN about the U.S. – Saudi Arabia rift over U.S. policy in Syria, drones, and NSA spying. Additionally,  Rogers discussed his concerns about the security of the Obamacare computer system.

A transcript is available after the jump.


CNN Films:  Blackfish #1 In Cable News Last Night In Key Demo Ratings
October 25th, 2013
03:51 PM ET

CNN Films: Blackfish #1 In Cable News Last Night In Key Demo Ratings


Highest Ranking CNN Film this Year

Blackfish 2nd most mentioned cable program on Twitter

According to Nielsen Fast National data, the premiere of CNN Films: Blackfish was #1 in cable news last night (9:00-11:00pm) averaging 472k in the key-demo adults 25-54 rating.  FXNC followed with 331k and MSNBC registered 235k.  Younger viewers (18-49) tuned-in in large numbers with CNN averaging 688k, while FXNC and MSNBC lagged far behind with 216k/173k respectively.  Among viewers 18-34, CNN posted 471k, more than 8x the combined competition of FXNC (31k) and MSNBC (25k).  In total viewers, CNN averaged 1.36m, FXNC had 1.89m and MSNBC posted 867k.

Inside Blackfish, an AC Special Report following the film (11-11:30pm) topped MSNBC in both the key demo 25-54 (231k vs. 74k) and in total viewers (560k vs. 361k).  FXNC averaged 334k/1.2m during this time period. 

Online and on mobile, Blackfish ranked #1 in page views among all CNN films this year.


Topics: CNN • CNN Films • Ratings
October 25th, 2013
02:20 PM ET

Preview : CNN International Programme Information Weeks 46 and 47

Going Green: Fire & Ice

Philippe Cousteau visits Iceland to see how the power of volcanos is being harnessed to provide sustainable energy

Philippe Cousteau visits Iceland to see how the power of volcanos is being harnessed to provide sustainable energy

Half-hour special
Monday 11 November at 0830 GMT / 0930 CET
Tuesday 12 November at 1030 GMT / 1130 CET and 1730 GMT / 1830 CET
Wednesday 13 November at 0530 GMT / 0630 CET
Duration: 30 minutes

Part of CNN’s continued commitment to environmental programming, ‘Going Green: Ice and Fire’ is a special theme week which sees CNN’s ecological correspondent Philippe Cousteau explore the rugged and breathtaking landscape of Iceland. FULL POST

Topics: CNN Preview
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