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CNN Has Now Topped Fox in Prime Time for 6 of the Last 11 Months

CNN is within 5% of Fox for the Month in Total Day Demos

New Day Crushes MSNBC’s Morning Joe in Crucial Political Month

CNN was the top-rated cable news network in July in prime time. This was the sixth time in the last 11 months that CNN has beaten Fox News in adults 25-54 in prime time. The last time CNN had that many wins over Fox News in prime time in any 11-month period was 14 years ago. CNN’s win came in a month of major news – the two political conventions, attacks on police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, an attempted coup in Turkey and terror attacks in France and Germany – once again proving that CNN is the clear choice when news happens.

July was CNN’s second most-watched month in prime time in eight years and the network is on track to have its most-watched year ever.

CNN pulled within 5% percent of Fox for the month in total day demos, the smallest gap (tied with October 2008) between the two networks in over eight years (since February 2008).

Among all cable networks, not just news, CNN was the second most-watched in total viewers for the month in prime time and number five among adults 25-54.

CNN once again dominated MSNBC, beating MSNBC for the 25th straight month in total viewers and adults 25-54 in total day and in prime time demos. This is the longest winning streak over MSNBC in more than eight years.

Of particular note, CNN’s New Day easily topped MSNBC’s Morning Joe for the month, with its biggest advantage over Morning Joe in more than a year. July was New Day’s highest rated month ever, and CNN’s best performance in the morning time period in eight years among total viewers and more than five years in the demos.

Also of note in July, CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper had its highest ratings ever, Erin Burnett OutFront had its best month ever as did Anderson Cooper 360 at 8pm.

** Even using the less inclusive Live+SD, CNN beats Fox News to rank #1 across cable news among adults 25-54 in both M-Su Prime (567k vs. 557k) and M-F Prime (683k vs. 669k) in July.

July Programming:

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RNC and DNC Convention Coverage (Live+SD):

CNN saw great success with its coverage of the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

CNN Original Series:

Barbara Levin, CNN Communications,