December 30th, 2014
02:29 PM ET

HLN Beats MSNBC In Total Day For Three Straight Quarters In P25-54

10806208_838746492838086_2611337685562177016_nHLN Up Double Digits In Prime And Total Day In 4Q 2014 & December

HLN ended 2014 on a ratings high and is primed for growth in the year ahead as it further evolves to become the all-screens home for the best social news and lifestyle content in the world.


  • Among the key P25-54 demo, HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade and CNN’s New Day  (6-9a) tied for the year, both ahead of MSNBC’s Morning Joe by 4% (104k vs. MSNBC’s 100k); a first for HLN since 2011.  HLN has also beaten MSNBC in this time period for 8 consecutive months.
  • In addition, 4Q14, MXP is up +15% in P2+ (238k) and +18% in P25-54 (116k), while FNC's Fox & Friends is down -5% and -6%, respectively, and MSNBC's Morning Joe is down -21% and -30%, respectively.
  • Moreover, December 2014, MXP is up +33% in both P2+ (264k) and P25-54 (125k); FNC's Fox & Friends is down -6% and -9%, respectively and MSNBC's Morning Joe is down -11% and -22%, respectively.


December 30th, 2014
02:05 PM ET


Network Posts Best Competitive Primetime Performance since 2008 and Best Competitive Total Day since 2011 

New Day Beats Morning Joe; CNN at 9pm Grows by Double Digits while Maddow Posts Lowest Performance on Record 

CNN Ranks #2 at 7p for the first time since 2009 with Erin Burnett Outfront 

CNN’s Original Series Dominate Respective Timeslots 

CNN ends 2014 firmly ahead of MSNBC for the year while posting its best competitive position in Primetime since 2008.  This year is the first time since 2011 that CNN ranks #2 in Total Day among both total viewers and the demo 25-54.  CNN has outperformed MSNBC in primetime and total day for five straight months, the longest winning streak over MSNBC in six years.  CNN’s signature news programming including New Day, Outfront with Erin Burnett, AC 360, D.C.-based and Sunday morning programming all easily topped MNSBC this year in the key demo 25-54 rating.  For the year, CNN dayside beat MSNBC during that day part by an impressive +73% in total viewers and +83% in the demo 25-54 rating.   CNN Original Series programming delivered a winning ratings performance as well, dominating their respective time slots this year. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
2014: The Year That MSNBC’S Morning Joe Lost Its Mojo
December 30th, 2014
10:36 AM ET

2014: The Year That MSNBC’S Morning Joe Lost Its Mojo


+ Among the key demo of adults 25-54, CNN’s New Day and HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade tied for the year, both ahead of MSNBC’s Morning Joe by 4% (104k vs. MSNBC’s 100k).

+ This is CNN’s best finish in the 6-9 am time period since 2008 and HLN’s best finish since 2011.

+ Among adults 25-54, HLN has beaten MSNBC in this time period for 8 consecutive months. CNN has beaten MSNBC in this time period for 6 months in a row and 8 out of the last 10 months.

+ Among total viewers, CNN’s New Day has beaten MSNBC’s Morning Joe for three months in a row, 4 out of the last 5 months, and 6 out of the last 10 months.

Full end of the year releases from CNN and HLN coming later today.

Topics: CNN
December 28th, 2014
06:41 PM ET

Senator Graham "I can't imagine anything this massive happening in North Korea without China being involved"

In an interview scheduled to air on CNN's State of the Union, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke to Dana Bash about the North Korean hacking crisis, the closing of Guantanamo Bay, the nuclear negotiations with Iran, and the Republican playing field in 2016.


On North Korea's hacking: “You can't talk about North Korea without talking about China. You need to have a heart to heart with the Chinese. I can't imagine anything this massive happening in North Korea without China being involved...”

On closing Guantanamo Bay: “I don't think there's any appetite in Congress to close Guantanamo Bay. I think the American people want to keep it open. And after the rise of ISIS and ISIL throughout the Mideast, most people in the world are more worried about terrorists leaving Guantanamo Bay than they are of the prison being opened."

On reaching an Iranian nuclear deal: “The Sunni Arabs and the Israelis are of one accord. Both of them fear dramatically the effects of a bad deal. I would like to end the nuclear ambitions of the Iranians peacefully, but the deal needs to be looked at and approved by Congress. They have been trying to develop a nuclear weapon, not a peaceful nuclear power program. And of all of the things that could throw the world into more chaos than exists today, it would be a bad deal regarding the Iranian nuclear ambitions.”
Full transcript after the jump. FULL POST

December 21st, 2014
04:36 PM ET

Mark Cuban: Major hack will happen again

CNN's Brian Stelter spoke to Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, about being one of the victims of the Sony hack and what the situation means for the future of communications.  The full interview aired on CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday, December 21 at 11am ET.

Credit all usage to CNN's "Reliable Sources"

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.


December 21st, 2014
04:03 PM ET

Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton "We did not cave"

Michael Lynton, chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment spoke exclusively with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. In the interview, Lynton addressed President Obama’s criticism today and talked more about the recent cyber-attack on Sony which is now determined to have been launched by North Korea.

The full interview aired on CNN at 10:00amET on Sunday, Dec. 21 on Fareed Zakaria GPS.


A full transcript is available after the jump.


December 21st, 2014
03:48 PM ET

Sen. John McCain responds to President Obama on N. Korea, Russia & Cuba with CNN's Candy Crowley

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) joined CNN’s Candy Crowley to respond to her interview with President Obama, specifically on the topics of North Korea’s cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, Cuba, Guantanamo Bay, and Vladimir Putin.

 The interview aired Sunday, December 21st, on CNN at 9AM and 12PM EST

 Text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below

 MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley”


McCain on President Obama calling cyber-attack “cyber vandalism”: I think, again, the president is - does not understand that this is a new - this is a manifestation of a new form of warfare. When you destroy economies, when you are able to impose censorship on the world and especially the United States of America it's more than vandalism. It's a new form of warfare that we're involved in and we need to react and react vigorously, including reimposing sanctions that were lifted under the Bush administration, including other actions and that will squeeze them more economically and - but most of all, we have to really work together with the president and the Congress to come up with counters and abilities to respond, but more importantly to prevent.”

McCain on President Obama’s comments regarding Vladimir Putin: “I think that it's bizarre to think that any action on the part of the President of the United States has proved any deterrence to Vladimir Putin. We won't even give defensive weapons to the Ukrainians. We - President Obama - and we should be thanking the Saudis, who have allowed the value of a barrel of oil to go to the point where it's affecting dramatically Vladimir Putin's economy. It has nothing to do with any action taken by the President of the United States.”

 McCain on normalizing relations with Cuba: Well, because we would be rewarding the failure that they haven't done anything. If they had shown some progress, I think maybe that it would be what we are doing is endorsing their 50 years of oppression and repression in Cuba.”

 McCain on Guantanamo Bay: I always wanted to close Guantanamo, but I wanted to transfer those prisoners to maximum security prisons, prisons in the United States of America that the president has never had a plan for that. And he didn't mention to you that some 27 percent or 30 percent of these people we have released have reentered the fight. It's outrageous to release people that are going to reenter the fight and try to kill Americans and attack America. And that's the problem with his idea of doing, quote, "everything" he can.”


Full Transcript available after the jump.


December 21st, 2014
03:16 PM ET

Candy Crowley: 27 Amazing Years at CNN

Candy Crowley signs off one last time after 27 years with CNN.

December 21st, 2014
12:12 PM ET

CNN's Candy Crowley interviews President Barack Obama

For his last interview of the year, President Obama sat down, exclusively, with CNN’s Candy Crowley to discuss North Korea’s cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, normalizing relations with Cuba, Russia, Iran, race relations in America and Guantanamo Bay.

The interview aired Sunday, December 21st, on CNN at 9AM and 12PM EST

Text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below

 MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley”


President Obama on Sony Pictures decision to pull ‘The Interview’:Well, look, I was pretty sympathetic to the fact that they've got business considerations they've got to make. And, you know, had they talked to me directly about this decision, I might have called the movie theater chains and distributors and asked them what that story was.

 But what I was laying out was a principle that I think this country has to abide by. We believe in free speech. We believe in the right of artistic expression and things that powers that be might not like.

 And if we set a precedent in which a dictator in another country can disrupt, through cyber, you know, a company's distribution chain or its products and, as a consequence, we start censoring ourselves, that's a problem.”

 President Obama on if the cyber-attack was an act of war by North Korea: No, I don't think it was an act of war. I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately, as I said.”

President Obama on normalizing relations with Cuba: “So Cuba offers us an example of an opportunity to try something different. For 50 years, we've tried to see if we can overthrow the regime through isolation. It hasn't worked. If we engage, we have the opportunity to influence the course of events at a time when there's going to be some generational change in that country. And I think we should seize it and I intend to do so.”

 President Obama on why the president feels it is important to continue trying to close Gitmo: I'm going to be doing everything I can to close it. It is a - it is something that continues to inspire jihadists and extremists around the world, the fact that these folks are being held. It is contrary to our values and it is wildly expensive. We're spending millions for each individual there. And we have drawn down the population there significantly.”

Full Transcript available after the jump.


December 19th, 2014
10:16 PM ET
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