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CNN Ranks #2 in Cable News in April; #1 on Weekends

Tops MSNBC at 7p, 8p, 9p and 10p Hours in Demo for 9th Consecutive Month

New Day Tops Morning Joe for 10th Consecutive Month 

CNN Original Series Momentum Continues

CNN ranked #2 in cable news in April, easily topping MSNBC in Total Day among both total viewers and adults 25-54, and M-Su and M-F primetime in the demo 25-54.  The network has now beaten MSNBC for 10 straight months in Total Day among both total viewers and the demo, and in M-Su/M-F prime (demo), which is the longest streak across these dayparts and demos in over seven years (since February 2008).  CNN also topped MSNBC across the M-F 7p, 8p, 9p and 10p hours in the demo 25-54 for the 9th consecutive month.  This month, CNN dayside (9a-4p) grew vs. a year ago – increasing +3% in the demo, while MSNBC lost -39% of its daytime audience. The network’s D.C.-based and Sunday morning programming all ranked #2 in April; while CNN ranked #1 in both weekend Total Day and weekend Prime among the demo 25-54.  CNN Original Series continued its ratings momentum this month.


CNN Program Highlights:


CNN Original Series Highlights:

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Season 5 premiere (Korea; Sun 4/26/15, 9p-10p) delivered 301k among adults 25-54 and 572k in total viewers among Live+SD.

Mike Rowe’s Somebody’s Gotta Do It has averaged 288k among 25-54 and 651k in total viewers over its three Thursday 9-10p premieres to-date (4/9-4/23/15) in Season 2.

High Profits has averaged 252k among 25-54, 527k in total viewers, and 118k 18-34 over its two Sunday 10-11p premieres to-date (4/19-4/26/15) in Season 1.

(*Excludes the 11/14/13 airing of The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy.)

Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery averaged 358k among 25-54 and 1,066m in total viewers over its six Sunday 9p-10p premieres (3/1-4/5/15) in Season 1.

The Wonder List with Bill Weir averaged 222k among 25-54 and 589k in total viewers over its eight Sunday premieres (3/1-4/12/15) in Season 1.

Data is a blend of Nielsen Live+SD and the more inclusive Live+3 and final Live+7 data when available.