December 30th, 2015
10:41 AM ET

CNN is the Fastest Growing Top 40 Cable Net in 2015 Among Adults 25-54

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RANKS #2 IN ALL KEY DAYPARTS; #1 IN WEEKEND PRIME

Biggest Advantage over MSNBC in 10 Years; Narrowest Gap with Fox News in Seven Years;

CNN’s New Day Tops MSNBC’s Morning Joe for Second Straight Year

CNN’s Original Series Dominate Respective Timeslots

CNN ends 2015 with its best yearly ratings and in the best competitive position the network has seen in years. CNN is the fastest growing Top 40 cable network among adults 25-54 and is the youngest of the major cable news networks.  CNN had its biggest ratings advantage over MSNBC in 10 years this year and narrowest gap with Fox News in seven years in the demo.  For the first time in seven years (since 2008), CNN ranks #2 across all three dayparts (Total Day, M-Su and M-F prime), in both total viewers and the demo 25-54.  CNN’s New Day outperformed Morning Joe in the demo for the second straight year, growing double digits in both total viewers and 25-54.  CNN’s signature news programming including Erin Burnett Outfront, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, D.C.-based and Sunday morning programming all grew vs. last year, ranking #2 in the demo 25-54.  For the year, CNN dayside beat MSNBC by +84% in total viewers and by an impressive +169% in the demo 25-54 rating.  CNN also ranked #1 this year in weekend primetime.  CNN Original Series programming delivered a strong ratings performance as well, dominating their respective time slots this year.

CNN’s presidential candidates’ debates were among the most watched programs on cable this year, breaking network records going back to 1993 in total viewers among Live+SD. CNN’s GOP debate in Simi Valley was the most watched program ever on CNN averaging 23.1 million total viewers, the network’s October Democratic candidate’s debate was the highest-rated Dem primary debate in history (15.5 million) and the recent Republican debate from Las Vegas was the third most watched primary debate ever (18.2 million).  The GOP debates represent 2 of the top 3 non-sports cable telecasts on record (back to 1993) in total viewers.

CNN is delivering yearly ratings highs in 2015:

  • Total Day:  highest total viewers in six years (since 2009) and among 25-54 since 2011;
  • M-Su/M-F Prime:  highest in total viewers and 25-54 in six years (since 2009);
  • Morning: highest in total viewers since 2009 and 25-54 since 2011;
  • M-F 7p hour and 8p hour: highest in total viewers and 25-54 in six years (since 2009);
  • M-F 9p hour:  highest in total viewers and demo 25-54 since 2011;
  • M-F 10p hour: highest demo 25-54 since 2012

CNN is in best competitive position in years:

  • Only cable news network up vs. a year ago across Total Day and M-Su/M-F Prime among both total viewers and adults 25-54;
  • Posted the most growth in cable news vs. a year ago across Total Day and M-Su/M-F Prime among both total viewers and adults 25-54;
  • Ranked #1 across cable news in Weekend Prime in 25-54;
  • Topped MSNBC across all the M-F primetime hours (7p, 8p, 9p and 10p) in the demo for the first time in nine years (since 2006);
  • Posted its best yearly advantage over MSNBC in 10 years among 25-54 and in six to seven years in total viewers in Total Day, M-Su and M-F Prime;
  • Narrowed the gap with Fox News to its smallest in Total Day and M-Su/M-F Prime in seven years among 25-54, and six years among total viewers.

MSNBC/Fox News dayparts:

  • MSNBC is the only cable news net down from last year across Total Day and M-Su/M-F Prime in the demo, posting the largest and only double-digits declines;
  • MSNBC hit its lowest yearly Total Day (91k) delivery in 16 years (since 1999) and lowest in M-Su and M-F Prime in 11 years (since 2004) among 25-54;
  • Fox News hit its lowest Total Day (209k) and 2nd lowest Dayside (207k; after 2014) deliveries among 25-54 in 14 years (since 2001).

CNN is among the fastest growing Top 40 cable networks:

  • In Total Day, CNN is posting the largest growth among 25-54 (+19%) and the 2nd largest increase among total viewers (+23%; behind only Hallmark Movies & Mysteries);
  • In M-Su Prime, CNN is posting the largest growth in total viewers (+38%) and the 2nd largest increase in the demo 25-54 (+30%; behind only FXX);
  • In M-F Prime, CNN is posting the largest increase in total viewers (+46%) and the 2nd largest growth among 25-54 (+39%; behind only FXX).

CNN posts the youngest median age of the major cable news nets: 

  • CNN is the youngest of the three major cable news nets – 59 years in Prime (M-Su) and 61 in Total Day.
  • Fox News is posting its oldest yearly median age on record in both M-Su Prime (68 years; tied with 2014 and 2013) and Total Day (67 years).
  • MSNBC is posting its oldest yearly median age on record in both M-Su Prime and Total Day (63 years).

CNN Program Highlights:
Mornings:

  • New Day (and HLN) beat MSNBC’s Morning Joe for the second straight year in the demo 25-54 (114 vs. 93), while Joe ranks #4.  CNN is now posting its biggest morning show advantage over MSNBC in seven years.  During the 6-9a time period, CNN is having its best yearly performance in the demo since 2011 and in total viewers since 2009.   New Day also grew this year, increasing +14% in total viewers and +10% in the demo, while Joe is down -7% in the demo, posting its 2nd worst demo performance in 16 years (since 1999; tied with 2007 and after 2005). Fox & Friends is down -5% in total viewers and -9% in the demo and is registering its lowest yearly performance in total viewers in seven years and in the demo in 14 years (since 2001).  CNN is seeing its largest yearly share of the cable news morning audience among 25-54 (20%; tied with 2009) in seven years (since 2008), and in total viewers (18%) in six years (since 2009).

Dayside:

  • CNN’s Dayside programming (9a-4p) averaged its highest total viewer delivery in six years (since 2009) easily topping MSNBC in both total viewers (540k vs. 294k) and the demo 25-54 (137k vs. 51k). CNN grew the most this year during the day, increasing +17% in total viewers and +13% in the demo, while MSNBC lost -23% of its dayside audience in the demo, posting its lowest delivery in 17 years (since 1998 in the key demo).

Fringe & Primetime:

  • The Lead with Jake Tapper ranked #2 in cable news, easily topping MSNBC in both total viewers (600k vs. 353k) and in the demo (151k vs. 54k). The Tapper-led program also ended the year growing +22% in total viewers and +21% in the demo.
  • The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer also ranked #2 in cable news, besting MSNBC in both total viewers (617k vs. MSNBC’s 501k ) and in the demo (180k vs. 73k). The Situation Room was up in total viewers (+20%) and in the demo (+21%) vs. a year ago.
  • Erin Burnett Outfront topped MSNBC’s Hardball in the demo (202k vs. 131k) for the second consecutive year.  EBOF grew the most at 7pm, increasing +25% in total viewers and +24% in the demo 25-54, while MSNBC is down -2%/-18% respectively.  MSNBC is registering its lowest 7pm hour performance in 10 years (since 2005) in the demo 25-54.
  • Anderson Cooper 360 ended the year ranking #2 in both total viewers (719k) and the demo 25-54 (225k), easily topping MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes (648k/125k).  AC360 has now topped MSNBC for three consecutive years in the key demo 25-54.  Compared to last year, 360 is up +25% among total viewers and +18% in the demo, while MSNBC is down -18% in the demo, posting its lowest demo delivery in 16 years (since 1999).
  • CNN programming at 9p ended the year topping MSNBC’s signature primetime program The Rachel Maddow Show (210k vs. 172k) in the key demo 25-54.  CNN at 9p also grew in both demos vs. last year, increasing +7% in total viewers and +6% in the demo.  Maddow is down -17% in the demo vs. last year and is registering its lowest 25-54 delivery on record.
  • CNN Tonight with Don Lemon will end 2015 as the #2 program in cable news at 10pm in the demo, easily topping MSNBC’s Last Word (196k vs. MSNBC’s 133k).  CNN at 10pm increased in both total viewers (+8%) and in the demo (+7%), while MSNBC lost viewers in the demo (-18%).  MSNBC is posting its lowest 10p time period 25-54 delivery in 16 years (since 1999) and lowest in total viewers in eight years (since 2007). Last Word, which debuted in late 2010, is averaging its lowest yearly total viewer and demo delivery on record.

Saturdays:

  • New Day Saturday ranked #2 in cable news among total viewers and was up each hour by double-digits (6-9a) compared to a year ago.
  • Smerconish grew the most during the 9am time period, increasing +25% in total viewers and +20% in the demo 25-54.  The show ranked #2 in cable news in total viewers (581k) and in the demo (149k)
  • CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield ranked #1 in the demo 25-54 from 12noon-3p, growing double digits in both the 1p and 2p hours vs. a year ago.
  • CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow ranked #1 during the 3-6p hours in the demo, growing each hour compared to last year.

Sundays:

  • State of the Union with Jake Tapper ends the year ranking #2 and growing the most in its time period on Sundays.  At 9am SOTU averaged 518k in total viewers and grew +25% vs. last year and had 134k in the demo increasing +13%. At noon, SOTU averaged 601k/136k and increasing +16%/+8% respectively.
  • Fareed Zakaria GPS ranked #2 in both total viewers (614k) and the demo (157k), increasing +20%/+13% at 10a vs. last year.  At 1pm, GPS also ranked #2 averaging 521k/118k and increased +3%/+3% respectively.
  • Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter was the only major cable news program at 11am on Sundays to growth in both total viewers and the demo 25-54 vs. last year.  Reliable ranked #2 in both total viewers (522k; +12%) and in the demo 25-54 (133k; +3%).  Fox News was down -6% in the demo and MSNBC was off -5% in total viewers and down -25% in the demo 25-54.

CNN Original Series Highlights: 

  • Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man Season 3 (1/22-3/19/15):  Posted its highest season performance ever among both total viewers and the demo 25-54.  The program ranked #2 across cable news in its time period among both 25-54 and P18-34.  Beat MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show in the hour by +56% in 25-54 and delivered more than five times the 18-34 audience. Attracted the youngest audience (median age of 54 years) across cable news in its time period.
  • Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery (3/1-4/5/15):  Ranked #1 across cable news in its time period among total viewers, 25-54 and 18-34, outperforming the combined delivery of Fox News and MSNBC in both total viewers and 25-54.  Every premiere episode also ranked #1 across cable news in its time period among both total viewers and 25-54.
  • The Wonder List with Bill Weir (3/1-4/12/15):  Across cable news in its time period, ranked #1 in 25-54, and #2 in both total viewers and 18-34.  In its time period, beat MSNBC by +51% in total viewers and more than doubled Fox News among 18-34.
  • High Profits (4/19-6/14/15): Ranked #1 in both 25-54 and 18-34 across cable news in its time period.
  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Season 5 (4/26-6/21/15): Posted its highest season performance ever among both 25-54 and 18-34.  Ranked #1 across cable news in its time period among both 25-54 and 18-34 during the season, outperforming the combined delivery of Fox News and MSNBC in both demos.  Placed #2 in total viewers among cable news in the hour, more than doubling MSNBC.  Every premiere episode also ranked #1 across cable news in its time period among both 25-54 and 18-34.  Attracted the youngest audience (median age of 50 years) across cable news in its time period.  Saw its largest DVR playback ever for a Parts Unknown season among both total viewers and 25-54.
  •  The Seventies (6/11-8/13/15): Ranked #2 among total viewers, 25-54 and 18-34 across cable news in its time period.  Beat MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show in the hour by +93% in  25-54, +9% in total viewers and more than doubled it in 18-34. Versus The Sixties season average, the show was up in both 25-54 and 18-34.
  • Death Row Stories Season 2 (7/12-8/16/15):  Across cable news in its time period, ranked #1 among both total viewers and 25-54, and #2 in 18-34. Outperformed Fox News in the hour by +52% in 18-34.  Above its Season 1 average in both demos total viewers and 25-54.
  • The Hunt with John Walsh Season 2 (7/12-8/30/15):  Across cable news in its time period, ranked #1 among both 25-54 and 18-34, and #2 in total viewers.  More than doubled MSNBC in the hour among total viewers.
  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Season 6 (9/27-11/15/15): Across cable news in its time period, ranked #1 among both 25-54 and 18-34, outperforming the combined delivery of Fox News and MSNBC in each demo.  Ranked #2 among total viewers, more than tripling MSNBC.  Every premiere episode also ranked #1 among both 25-54 and 18-34 across cable news in its time period, outperforming the combined 18-34 delivery of FXNC and MSNBC.  Attracted the youngest audience (median age of 53 years) across cable news in its time period.
  • Mike Rowe’s Somebody’s Gotta Do It Season 3 (9/27-11/29/15): Across cable news in its time period, ranked #1 among both 25-54 and 18-34, and #2 among total viewers.  Ahead of MSNBC in the hour by +65% in total viewers.
  • This is Life with Lisa Ling Season 2 (9/30-12/13/15): Across cable news in its time period, ranked #2 among 25-54 and #1 in 18-34.  Beat MSNBC in the hour by +32% in 25-54.  Every premiere episode also topped MSNBC.  Attracted the youngest audience (median age of 56 years) across cable news in its time period.  Above its Season 1 average (Wed/Sun 9p vs. Sun 10p) by +4% in total viewers.

Source: The Nielsen Company.  Original Series: 4/14/13-12/13/15.  Premieres only. Live+7 data.  Median age based on P2+.

CNN Films and CNN Films Presents Highlights: 

  • CNN Films: Life Itself (Premiere Sun 1/4/15). Ranked #1 across cable news in its time period among both total viewers and 25-54, more than doubling Fox News in 25-54 (+151%) and MSNBC in total viewers (+121%).
  • CNN Films Presents: Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me (Premiere Sun 6/28/15). Ranked #6 in ALL of television (124 networks) and #4 in ALL of cable (behind only BET, TNT and HBO) in its time period among total viewers.  Highest-rated premiere in CNN Films franchise history among both total viewers and 25-54.
  • CNN Films:  Evocateur:  The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (Premiere 8/20/15).  Across cable news in its time period, ranked #2 among both 25-54 and 18-34.
  • CNN Films: Fresh Dressed (Premiere Thu 9/3/15). Ranked #2 in 18-34 across cable news in its time period.  Posted a median age of 51 years, the 3rd youngest among the 19 CNN Films and 4 CNN Films Presents premieres to-date.
  • CNN Films: The Hunting Ground (Premiere Sun 11/22/15): Ranked #1 in 25-54 and #2 in total viewers across cable news in its time period.

Source: The Nielsen Company.  CNN Films and CNN Films Presents: 3/10/13-11/22/15.  Live+7 data.  Median age based on P2+.

Data is blend of Live+SD and the more inclusive Live+3 and final Live+7 when available.  Data is run from 12/29/14-12/25/15 and does not include the last two days of year, 12/26 and 12/27.

Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!

 

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Topics: CNN • Ratings
December 29th, 2015
02:06 PM ET

HLN to End 2015 Up Double Digits in Total Day & Post 2nd Largest Growth Among Top 40 Cable Nets 

 

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HLN TO OUTPERFORM MSNBC IN TOTAL DAY FOR 19 STRAIGHT MONTHS

HLN TO RANK #1 ON WEEKENDS IN TOTAL DAY IN 2015

“MORNING EXPRESS WITH ROBIN MEADE” RANKS AS THE #2 CABLE MORNING NEWS PROGRAM IN 2015; UP THE MOST IN THE MORNING; CONTINUES TO BEAT “MORNING JOE"

HLN 

  • HLN will end the year up double digits in Total Day; +10% among P2+ (285k vs. 260k) and +15% (122k vs. 106k) in P25-54 2015 to-date vs. 2014 while FOX News is declining –3% and MSNBC down –17% among P25-54.
  • Among the Top 40 cable networks versus year-ago in Total Day, HLN posts 2nd largest growth among P25-54 (+15%; behind only CNN);
  • In Total Day, HLN registers its highest yearly P25-54 delivery in six years (since 2009) and 3rd best on record;
  • HLN to beat MSNBC for 19 straight months in December 2015 (thru 12/25/15) in Total Day by +34% in P25-54, marking the first time that HLN will outperform MSNBC for a full year since 1999, plus scoring its biggest advantage since 1998;
  • HLN to rank #1 among the demo on weekends in Total Day 2015 to date (143k);

MORNING EXPRESS WITH ROBIN MEADE

  • “Morning Express with Robin Meade” (MXP) to rank as the #2 cable morning news show in 2015  among P25-54 (128k);
  • MXP to end the year up the most among cable morning news in P25-54 increasing +23% (128k vs. 104k) and Total Viewers up +27% (284k vs. 223k) 2015 vs. prior year;
  • MXP will continue its winning streak, beating MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” for 20 straight months [6-9 a ET] by +38% in P25-54 (128k vs. 93k) in 2015 while FNC’s “Fox & Friends” slides –9%;
  • MXP is averaging its highest yearly P25-54 and P2+ performance since 2011.

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* Nielsen data based on 2015TD: 12/29/14-12/25/15. Data is a blend of most current Live+7 data streams

December 21st, 2015
12:36 PM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 1 – 2

Hong Kong In 24 Hours

James Williams, host of ‘In 24 Hours’

James Williams, host of ‘In 24 Hours’

Wednesday 6 January at 1030 GMT / 1130 CET and 1730 GMT / 1830 CET
Saturday 9 January at 0630 GMT / 0730 CET and 1930 GMT / 2030 CET
Sunday 10 January at 1330 GMT / 1430 CET
Saturday 16 January at 1330 GMT / 1430 CET
Sunday 17 January at 1930 GMT / 2030 CET

Duration 30 Minutes

As the first touch point for many visitors in Asia, Hong Kong is a destination that is often rushed through, but rarely fully absorbed. In the second episode of CNN's new travel show, ‘Hong Kong in 24 Hours’, host James Williams (pictured) unveils the unique possibilities that the city has to offer. From sunrise to sunset and into the night, CNN takes viewers along to the places only a privileged few ever get to experience. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
December 21st, 2015
11:35 AM ET

THE GNOMIST streaming now for the holiday season

CNN Digital Studios and CNN Films add story of hope during season of peace to digital film series

THE GNOMIST, award-winning filmmaker Sharon Liese’s short film about the mystical power of kindness, and produced by Herizon Productions and Cynthia Wade, is streaming now, here: Watch The Gnomist.

The documentary short, which clocks in at just under 18 minutes, is the true story of the mysterious appearance of fairy dwellings in the suburban forest of Overland Park, Kansas. Visitors to the park began noticing the miniature homes along Tomahawk Creek Trail in the summer of 2013, lovingly decorated with interior furnishings, and even signs of life of their inhabitants – tiny kettles and tea cups, small-scale gardening tools, clothing, and even notes of love and welcome affixed to the diminutive doors of the abodes.

Dubbed “Firefly Forest,” the small community brought joy to its visitors with an immediate mystery: who had erected the gnome homes – and why did they do it? Resplendently presented as a true fairytale, THE GNOMIST explores the psychic healing power of a magical experience shared by three former strangers.

“I love that the film is being released now because its message is a powerful counter balance to recent disturbing events that jeopardize our faith in humanity. I am grateful that I can now share this with the world,” said Liese. FULL POST

December 20th, 2015
12:09 PM ET

McConnell: "Well, it's pretty clear from what Hillary Clinton said last night that she thinks things" with ISIS "are just fine"

SOTU

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), joined anchor, Jake Tapper.

 

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

 

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

 

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com

 

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

McConnell on Clinton’s ISIS remarks during the debate: “Well, it's pretty clear from what Hillary Clinton said last night that she thinks things are just fine. I - this illustrates that the election of Hillary Clinton would be a third term for Barack Obama's foreign policy.  We know what the American people think of the president's foreign policy. Let me quote Jimmy Carter early this summer.  When asked about the president's foreign policy, he said he couldn't think of a single place in the world where we were better off now than we were when President Obama came to office.”

 

McConnell on Trump’s proposed Muslim ban: “Obviously I hope it's a Republican and a Republican to get elected to the White House is going to have to carry purple states.  States that can go either way.
We're not going to follow that suggestion that this particular candidate made.  It would prevent the president of Afghanistan from coming to the United States.  The king of Jordan couldn't come to the United States.  Obviously we're not going to do that.”

FULL POST

December 20th, 2015
12:07 PM ET

O'Malley: "The truth is that Hillary Clinton...flip flops" on gun control

SOTU

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Former Governor and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, joined anchor, Jake Tapper.

 

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

 

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

 

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com

 

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

 

O’Malley on the DNC and debate schedule: [Tapper]: “Do you think the reason two of the three Democratic debates have been scheduled on Saturday night is because the DNC wants to limit the audience, and thereby, under this theory, help Hillary Clinton?”

[O’Malley]: “Yes. In fact, that's also why, for the first time ever, they have limited the number of debates to just four.  I think, at this same time eight years ago, they had had - we had had 16 debates. But, look, all of that bickering aside, there are issues that people want to hear us discuss, affordable college, how we make our economy work, how we combat ISIL, how we protect lives here in the homeland.”

 

O’Malley on Hillary Clinton and gun control: “The truth is that Hillary Clinton was, in 2000, when she ran for office, in favor of licensing and a federal role and a national registry on handgun registration, and then she flip-flopped and she was opposed to it in 2008. Jake, you remember her attacking President Obama during those campaigns and President Obama having to push back on that.  So, Hillary Clinton flip-flops in the wind on this issue. Senator Sanders supported the NRA, pushed through a bill to give the gun dealers and manufactures immunity, even voted against the research to - into this huge public health challenge. So, look, I got this done.  As governor, after the slaughter of those kids in the classroom in Connecticut, I pulled our people together.  We passed comprehensive gun safety legislation.  We banned the sale of combat assault weapons.”

FULL POST

December 20th, 2015
12:05 PM ET

Paul: Rubio "ought to resign or give his pay back to the taxpayer."

SOTU

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul (R-KY), joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss the 2016 presidential race.

 

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

 

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

 

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com

 

 

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

 

Paul on Trump: “I think he will get wiped in a general election.  It would be terrible for any of the ideas of limited government. I'm still not sure that Donald Trump is for limited government, for balanced budgets.  One of the biggest things that he's been for in his last several years is using eminent domain for the government to take private property from one property - private property owner and give it to himself for his casinos and parking lots. That's not a conservative notion.  And, really, most of Donald Trump is nothing more than sort of bits of populism, but no consistent conservative philosophy.”

 

Paul responds to Cruz’s immigration stance: “I think, on several things, he wants to have it both ways. On immigration, at the time, he supported an amendment that said, OK, we're not going to get citizenship, but we will allow illegal status.  And he wanted the bill to pass.  In fact, I was in the same category.  I thought citizenship was too far, but the compromise would no citizenship, but give people a legal status.  That's what Cruz was for. He was - he's been explicit about it.  And now he says never and that he never did it.  And so I think he should just admit that he changed his mind, that he used to be for legalization, but he's not anymore.  But he's done the same thing… So, I think, on a number of issues, he wants to have it both ways, depending on which audience he's talking to.”

 

Paul reacts to criticism from Rubio: “Well, you know, the difference between Marco Rubio and I is, I show up for work.  He's missed about a third to a half of his votes this year. And we had the biggest vote of the whole year, voting on a trillion dollars worth of spending, and he didn't show up.  So, yes, I think he ought to resign or give his pay back to the taxpayer.

 

Paul on the status of his campaign: But, as far as I'm concerned, yes, I do need to do well in the early primaries.  We're - we're in it to win it.  We're not in it just to mess around.  I'm not in it to place in the lower tier.  If we're in the lower tier, obviously, we will reassess. But we don't plan to be.  We have got a campaign that we think is going to shock people.  And we're hoping that when we get done with this campaign and people see the votes happen, that we will begin discounting the pollsters, who, I think, have no clue as to what is going on in America.”

FULL POST

CNN DEBATE WAS THIRD MOST WATCHED DEBATE EVER
December 16th, 2015
12:54 PM ET

CNN DEBATE WAS THIRD MOST WATCHED DEBATE EVER

18 MILLION TUNE-IN FOR CNN REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES’ DEBATE ON TELEVISION

Plus 3.1 Million Live Streams

According to Nielsen Fast National ratings data, last night’s CNN Facebook Republican candidates’ presidential debate moderated by Wolf Blitzer was the third most watched presidential primary debate ever, averaging 18 million total viewers. In the demo 25-54, the debate averaged 5.6 million.  Last night’s debate was the second most watched program in CNN's history (after CNN’s September GOP debate).

Three of the top four presidential primary debates this election cycle were watched on CNN.  CNN’s September GOP  debate (9/16/15) averaged 23.1 million total viewers and the most watched Democratic debate in history (10/13/15) averaged 15.5 million.

Last night’s debate ranks as the third largest non-sports cable telecast audience on record. 

The early debate averaged 5.7 million total viewers and 1.4 million in the demo 25-54.

CNN live streamed last night’s GOP debate to CNN.com, its mobile apps and connected TVs. CNN earned at least 3.1 million live streams and the event reached peak usage at 9:45 pm ET with 815,000 concurrent streams.  

TOP TEN PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY DEBATES IN HISTORY

1. Fox News Republican Debate, Cleveland Ohio (8/6/2015)         23,997 million

2. CNN Republican Debate, Reagan Library (9/16/2015)                23,056

3. CNN Republican Debate, Las Vegas (12/15/2015)                     18,039

4. CNN Democratic Debate, Las Vegas (10/13/2015)                      15,459

5. CNBC Republican Debate, Boulder CO (10/28/2015)                 14,005

6. FBN Republican Debate, Milwaukee, WI (11/10/2015)             13,454

7. ABC Democratic Debate, Philadelphia (4/16/2008)                   10,693

8. ABC Democratic Debate, New Hampshire (1/5/2008)                9,362

9. CBS Democratic Debate, Des Moines (11/14/2015)                   8,552

10. CNN Democratic Debate, Los Angeles (1/31/2008)                  8,324

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Topics: 2016 Election • Ratings
December 16th, 2015
12:08 AM ET

Rush Transcript first debate: CNN Facebook Republican Presidential Debate

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THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

WOLF BLITZER: Hello from Las Vegas for the CNN Facebook Republican Presidential Debate. There's a lot of anticipation here in this theater for the final Republican Presidential debate of 2015, focusing in on the most important job of any president, keeping America safe.We want to welcome our viewers watching on CNN networks here in the United States, and around the world, and listening in on the Salem Radio Network. I'm Wolf Blitzer, I'm the moderator.  We want to welcome our viewers watching on CNN networks here in the United States, and around the world, and listening in on the Salem Radio Network. I'm Wolf Blitzer, I'm the moderator.

Tonight, joining me in the questioning, Salem Radio Network talk show host, Hugh Hewitt, and CNN's Chief Political Correspondent, Dana Bash.

(APPLAUSE)

We also ask Republicans and Independents nationwide to share their questions for the candidates. We teamed up with Facebook to send a campaign camper around the country over the past several weeks. Thousands of people stepped inside and recorded their questions on video, and millions more have weighed in on Facebook.

Tonight, we'll hear from 13 Republican candidates. Once again, we've divided the large field into two groups based on their rankings in recent polls. The top nine contenders will take the stage later this evening. The other four are ready to join us right now.

Ladies, and gentlemen, let's welcome Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

(APPLAUSE) (CHEERING)

The former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum.

(APPLAUSE) (CHEERING)

Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee.

(APPLAUSE)

(CROSS-TALK)

And former New York Governor, George Pataki.

(APPLAUSE)

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome these Republican candidates for President of the United States.

(APPLAUSE) (CHEERING)

There are news photographers here to take a group picture of these candidates together on the stage. That's what they're doing right now.

Now, ladies and gentlemen for, "God Bless America", performed by Ayla Brown.

(APPLAUSE) 

BLITZER:  Thank you very much, Ayla.  

I'd now like to ask the candidates to please take your places while I tell you a little bit more about how tonight's debate will work.  As the moderator, I'll guide the discussion asking questions and follow-ups, as will Dana Bash and Hugh Hewitt.   FULL POST


Topics: 2016 Election
December 16th, 2015
12:03 AM ET

Rush Transcript second debate: CNN Facebook Republican Presidential Debate

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MANDATORY CREDIT // CNN

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

BLITZER: Welcome to the CNN-Facebook Republican presidential debate here at the Venetian Las Vegas.

We have a very enthusiastic audience. Everyone is here. They're looking forward to a serious and spirited discussion about the security of this nation.

I'm Wolf Blitzer, your moderator tonight. This debate is airing on CNN networks here in the United States and around the world, and on the Salem Radio Network. The nine leading candidates, they are here. Let's welcome them right now.

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.

(APPLAUSE)

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

(APPLAUSE)

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

(APPLAUSE)

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

(APPLAUSE)

Businessman and real estate developer Donald Trump.

(APPLAUSE)

Retired neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson.

(APPLAUSE)

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.

(APPLAUSE)

Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

(APPLAUSE)

And Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome these Republican candidates for president of the United States.

(APPLAUSE)

This is the final Republican debate before the election year begins, and we're taking a moment for the photographs of the candidates together on the stage. Now, everyone, please rise for the national anthem sung by Ayla Brown.

(NATIONAL ANTHEM)

(APPLAUSE)

BLITZER: I know everyone is eager to get started. So, candidates, please take your places while I explain the ground rules for tonight. 

As moderator, I'll guide the discussion, and I'll be joined in the questioning by Salem Radio Network talk show host Hugh Hewitt and CNN's chief political correspondent Dana Bash. We also asked Republicans and independents nationwide to share their questions for the candidates. We teamed up with Facebook to send a campaign camper across the country over the past several weeks. 

Thousands of people stepped inside and recorded their questions on video. Millions more have weighed in on Facebook. Candidates, I'll try to make sure each of you gets your fair share of questions. You'll have a minute and 15 seconds to answer and 30 seconds for follow-ups and rebuttals. I'll give you time to respond if you're singled out for criticism.  FULL POST


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