CNN POLITICS CLOSES 2015 AS #1 SOURCE FOR POLITICAL NEWS
January 19th, 2016
11:26 AM ET

CNN POLITICS CLOSES 2015 AS #1 SOURCE FOR POLITICAL NEWS

HUFFINGTON POST PADS TRAFFIC, FAILS TO MANIPULATE RANKING

CNN Politics ended the year with a bang, earning 25 million multiplatform unique visitors for the month of December 2015 — the most current data released by comScore. The traffic places CNN Politics in a tie for first in its category with HuffPost Politics, a site that relies on a monthly boost of 6M+ unique visitors from a decidedly non-politics entity titled "Good News.” Deliberately misrepresented by the Huffington Post as politics content for the purpose of comScore traffic rankings, Good News is a hodgepodge of posts about breastfeeding in bars, shelter chihuahuas and a mini donkey with a prosthetic leg.

In short, CNN Politics remains the Web’s number one source for actual political news.

CNN Politics: #1 Multiplatform Unique Visitors (Desktop + Mobile)

In multiplatform unique visitors for the month of December, CNN Politics totaled 25 million – millions more than HuffPost Politics without the addition of Good News traffic, and more than double the number of visitors to Fox News Politics, MSNBC TV and The Hill.

25 mm: CNN Politics

  • 25 mm: HuffPost Politics & Good News (6.6 mm)
  • 12 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 11 mm: MSNBC TV
  • 11 mm: TheHill.com
  • 9 mm: Politico.com

Sources: comScore Multi-Platform Media Metrix, December 2015. Based on News/Information – Politics Category.

CNN Politics: #1 in Video Starts

CNN Politics continued to dominate in video for the month of December, up 38% over the previous month and a whopping 466% over the prior year. Scoring 48 million video starts, CNN Politics more than doubled that of its closest competitor The Young Turks Network and tripled MSNBC TV’s video starts. HuffPost Politics placed 7th with only 2 million video starts for the month.

48 mm: CNN Politics

  • 20 mm: The TYT Network
  • 16 mm: MSNBC TV
  • 8 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 5 mm: Bloomberg.com – Politics
  • 3 mm: Westernjournalism.com

Source: comScore Video Metrix, December 2015. Based on News/Information – Politics Category. “PoliticsWeekly.com” is excluded from this ranking.

CNN Politics: #1 in Multi-platform Views

Up 40% over the previous month and 185% over the prior year, CNN Politics easily topped the list in multiplatform views for December. Nearly doubling its closest competitor HuffPost Politics (and Good News), CNN Politics earned 160 million multiplatform views for the month.

160 mm: CNN Politics

  • 85 mm: HuffPost Politics & Good News (12 mm)
  • 78 mm: Westernjournalism.com
  • 68 mm: MSNBC TV
  • 60 mm: Politico.com
  • 52 mm: Fox News Politics

Sources: comScore Multi-Platform, December 2015; Views are browser only and include desktop video. Based on News/Information – Politics Category.

January 11th, 2016
12:59 PM ET

CNN TO PROVIDE LIVE COVERAGE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FINAL STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS AND THE REPUBLICAN RESPONSE ON JAN 12TH

Live from Washington, anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will lead the network’s comprehensive coverage of President Obama’s final State of the Union Address with Dana Bash providing updates live from Statuary Hall. CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront will kick off the evening’s coverage live from Capitol Hill at 7pm, followed by a special AC360.  The Republican response, delivered by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will follow.  

CNN’s Politics team including Brianna Keilar, Jeff Zeleny, Sara Murray and Manu Raju will be deployed across the country and Jim Acosta will be live from the White House. Throughout the evening, news and commentary will be provided by John King, Gloria Borger, Michael Smerconish and David Axelrod, along with the network’s political contributors Paul Begala, Amanda Carpenter, Van Jones and Mike Rogers.  

CNN will also incorporate a Microsoft Pulse National Focus Group into its coverage, with Tom Foreman offering viewers real-time feedback on the President’s speech.

CNN International will simulcast both the Presidential address and the Republican response live to more than 300 million households around the world. In addition, Juan Carlos López and Fernando del Rincón will anchor CNN en Español’s special live coverage of the Presidential address and the Republican response.

A CNN/ORC International poll will also be released during the 11pm hour on President Obama’s proposed policies and impressions of the speech. 

CNN Digital’s CNNPolitics.com, the number one online political news destination, will host incisive enterprise analysis, original digital video and live news coverage of the evening,  enhancing every viewing experience across platforms. A social stream and live blog will feature commentary and social videos that will build on Twitter and Facebook chats with CNN’s top political anchors and correspondents throughout the week. Join in on the conversation using #SOTU.

CNN’s live expert coverage and analysis can also be viewed on CNNgo, which is available at CNN.com/go on your desktop, smartphone, iPad, AppleTV and Roku devices. 

About CNN

CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of two dozen news and information services across cable, digital, satellite, radio, wireless devices and in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Domestically, CNN reaches more individuals on television, the web and mobile devices than any other cable TV news organization in the United States.According to the Pew Research Center, CNN is the most trusted source of news in the United States. Internationally, CNN is the most widely distributed news channel reaching more than 287 million households abroad; and CNN Digital is a top network for online news, mobile news and social media. Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world’s most extensively utilized news service partnering with hundreds of local and international news organizations around the world. CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company.

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CNN Politics Extends Streak as #1 Political News Destination to Eighth Straight Month
November 19th, 2015
09:52 AM ET

CNN Politics Extends Streak as #1 Political News Destination to Eighth Straight Month

CNN Politics claimed an eighth straight month as the number one political news destination in October 2015, once again outranking all competitors in multi-platform unique visitors, mobile unique visitors, multi-platform page views and video starts.

In an impressive display of visitor engagement, CNN Politics also recorded a remarkable 460 million minutes spent on political multi-platform content in October, far surpassing every other competitor.

In the month of October 2015:

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CNN Politics Shatters Records in Seventh Straight Month as #1
October 21st, 2015
09:57 AM ET

CNN Politics Shatters Records in Seventh Straight Month as #1

ALONGSIDE HISTORIC DEBATE RATINGS, CNN POLITICS DOMINATED ON DIGITAL

CNN Politics broke records in every measured digital politics category to claim a seventh straight month as the number one political news destination in September 2015.

Complementing the historic ratings success of the CNN Reagan Library Debate in September, CNN Digital recorded all time records in multiplatform unique visitors, mobile unique visitors, multiplatform page views and video starts.

In the month of September 2015:

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CNN Will Live Stream Democratic Debate in Virtual Reality
September 24th, 2015
06:23 PM ET

CNN Will Live Stream Democratic Debate in Virtual Reality

CNN and NextVR will make history on October 13th by hosting the first-ever live stream of a news event in virtual reality, giving viewers a front-row seat to CNN’s 2016 election debates. 

The network is partnering with virtual reality technology platform NextVR to stream the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate live, in full 3D immersive virtual reality, from Las Vegas, NV. 

The live stream follows CNN and NextVR’s first virtual reality experience at the CNN Ronald Reagan Debate, where it quietly filmed the highest rated event in CNN history in virtual reality to make it available to users on demand. This experience is now available to users who have a Samsung GearVR virtual reality headset by visiting the NextVR portal in the Oculus Store. Once downloaded, the debate can be seen from the perspective of an audience member at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

From radio broadcasting to televising to today, virtual reality allows viewers the opportunity to experience these historic political events through their own lens. Users are able to hold a gaze on a particular candidate, catch off-screen interactions and more. Each and every viewer has a seat in the room and a new perspective on presidential debates.

CNN POLITICS: #1 POLITICAL NEWS DESTINATION FOR SIX MONTHS STRAIGHT
September 24th, 2015
09:34 AM ET

CNN POLITICS: #1 POLITICAL NEWS DESTINATION FOR SIX MONTHS STRAIGHT

CNN Politics claimed its sixth month in a row as the number one political news destination in August 2015, outpacing competitors and widening their gap across categories as the 2016 primary debate season began.

Marking a full half-year in the top position, CNN Politics’ breaking news coverage, enterprise analysis and digital videos outperformed other political news outlets once again by double and triple digits. CNN Politics also broke its own previous records in mobile traffic and desktop video starts.

In the month of August 2015:

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CNN Politics: #1 For Five Months Running
August 24th, 2015
09:58 AM ET

CNN Politics: #1 For Five Months Running

BEST MONTH FOR MOBILE AND VIDEO ON RECORD

CNN Politics once again registered as the top political news destination in July 2015, far outpacing competitors in every measurable category as coverage of the 2016 election heats up.

For the fifth month running, CNN Politics’ breaking news coverage, enterprise analysis and digital videos outperformed other political news outlets by double and triple digits. The network also saw all-time records in both mobile traffic and desktop video starts based on records dating back to February 2013 and August 2012.

In the month of July 2015:

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CNN to Host First Democratic Primary Debate of 2016 Presidential Race
August 6th, 2015
11:02 AM ET

CNN to Host First Democratic Primary Debate of 2016 Presidential Race

Debate Represents Significant Addition to the Networks’ Extensive Coverage Plans for Upcoming Election

CNN and the Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that CNN will host the first Democratic presidential debate on October 13, 2015. The debate will feature candidates for the Democratic nomination for President and will take place in Nevada, with exact location details to be released in the coming days.

CNN will serve as the exclusive national broadcaster of the debate and a CNN anchor will moderate. In addition to live prime-time airing on CNN, CNNgo, CNN Español and CNN International; Westwood One News will be the exclusive radio broadcaster for the debate.

CNN’s first Republican candidates’ debate airs Wednesday, September 16th from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. FULL POST

August 6th, 2015
10:26 AM ET

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Interviews President Barack Obama

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FAREED ZAKARIA GPS Global Television Exclusive for Sunday, Aug. 09

President Barack Obama presses his case for support of the nuclear deal negotiated between the U.S., its allies, and Iran, when he sits down with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria for a global exclusive interview in the Map Room at the White House on Thursday, August 06. The interview will cover the high stakes domestic politics, and the issues in contention with other world powers.

This marks the President’s first televised one-on-one since his Iran policy speech at American University in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. The interview will air in its entirety on the network’s flagship world affairs program, FAREED ZAKARIA GPS on Sunday, August 09 on CNN/U.S.

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In North America (all times Eastern):

  • CNN/U.S.: Sunday, Aug. 09 at 10:00a.m., encore at 1:00p.m.
  • CNN International: Saturday, Aug. 08 at 9:00p.m., encores on Sunday, Aug. 09 at 7:00a.m., encore at 3:00p.m. and 10:00p.m.

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CNN Politics #1 for Four Straight Months
July 22nd, 2015
11:29 AM ET

CNN Politics #1 for Four Straight Months

Top Political News Site Sees Double Digit Growth in June

CNN Politics solidified its position as the Web’s top destination for political news and information in June by outperforming all competitors for the fourth month running. Since March of 2015, CNN Politics has dominated its category in multiplatform unique visitors, views and video starts. Strengthening its lead over Vox.com, HuffPost Politics, Fox News Politics and Politico.com, CNN Politics became the top site for mobile unique visitors in May and maintained its position in June.  

In a historic month that saw landmark cases from the Supreme Court, a nationwide debate over the Confederate Flag and the lead up to a nuclear deal in Iran, CNN Politics posted double-digit growth across the board:

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