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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.

CNN tops MSNBC across all day parts in 2014:


CNN has youngest audience on record in 2014:

In M-Su Primetime, CNN posted its youngest median age (58 years) on record, tying with the 2008 presidential election.  Meanwhile MSNBC (61 years) and Fox News (68 years; tying with 2013) are at their oldest levels on record in primetime.

Vs. A year ago, MSNBC has declined the most:


Fox News 


CNN program highlights include:


CNN Original Series Highlights:


Source: The Nielsen Company, 12/30/13-12/22/14.  Data based on blend of most current Live+7 data streams.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Live+7 (thru 12/14/14) blended with Live+3 (12/15/14-12/22/14) data.

CNN Films 2014


Source: The Nielsen Company, 3/10/13-12/11/14.  Live+7 data. 

In 2014, CNN posted an average monthly reach of 77 million, the most of any cable news network.  Fox News followed with 67 million and MSNBC trailed with 64 million.


Data is a blend of Nielsen Live+SD and the more inclusive Live+3 and final Live+7 data when available. Data is run from 12/30/13-12/26/14 and not does not include the last two days of the year, 12/27 & 12/28.

CNN did not have carriage on DISH for most of the month of November (about 14% of distribution).