October 27th, 2016
09:59 AM ET


Entering the homestretch of the wildest election in history, CNN Politics maintained its position as the nation’s top source for political news and information. In September 2016 CNN Politics swept all competitors in multiplatform unique visitors, multiplatform views, video starts and time spent by users.

#1 Multiplatform Unique Visitors

CNN Politics attracted an audience of 34 million unique visitors across platforms in September 2016 — an increase of 33% over the prior year.

34 mm: CNN Politics

28 mm: HuffPost Politics

20 mm:

17 mm: Fox News Politics

14 mm: The Hill

11 mm: MSNBC TV

Source: comScore Multi-Platform Media Metrix, September 2016. Based on News/Information – Politics Category.


CNN To Live Stream The Vice Presidential Debate on
October 3rd, 2016
11:01 AM ET

CNN To Live Stream The Vice Presidential Debate on

CNN will live stream the vice presidential debate on’s homepage, across mobile devices and via apps on iOS and Android, starting at 8:00pm ET. The live stream will add to CNN Politics' live coverage and analysis including updates from CNN’s Reality Check team.

CNN Politics: #1 For 18 Months
September 30th, 2016
09:04 AM ET

CNN Politics: #1 For 18 Months

August marked CNN Politics's 18th month as the number one digital source for political news and information.  CNN Politics swept all competitors in multiplatform unique visitors, mobile unique visitors, multiplatform views, video starts and time spent.

In August, CNN Politics saw: 

#1 Multiplatform Unique Visitors

Nearly doubling the audience of every other competitor, CNN Politics attracted an audience of 40 million unique visitors across platforms in August 2016 — an increase of 87% over the prior year.

40 mm: CNN Politics

  • 22 mm: HuffPost Politics
  • 18 mm:
  • 15 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 12 mm: The Hill
  • 11 mm: MSNBC TV

Source: comScore Multi-Platform Media Metrix, August 2016. Based on News/Information – Politics Category.


CNN To Release Unprecedented: The Election That Changed Everything
September 28th, 2016
07:34 AM ET

CNN To Release Unprecedented: The Election That Changed Everything

Featuring a foreword from CNN’s Jake Tapper and an introduction by historian Douglas Brinkley, the first-ever book from CNN Politics will document two Americas—their battle, their beliefs, their fears and their hopes for the future. Packed with exclusive, stunning photography and new, revelatory reporting from the front lines, Unprecedented will detail the most exciting election of all time in the way that only CNN can.

Produced and published by Melcher Media, Unprecedented is scheduled for release on December 6, 2016, only weeks after the election is called for a new president. Full of drama and derision, the 2016 election is playing out against a high-stakes backdrop of war, terrorism, economic anxiety and the sudden death of an influential Supreme Court justice. Any outcome will be unprecedented, whether voters elect Hillary Clinton the first woman president, or Donald Trump, the blustery billionaire who breaks all the rules. CNN’s account will let you hold history in your hands.

Authored by top CNN Politics writer Thomas Lake and edited by award-winning veteran political reporter Jodi Enda, Unprecedented: The Election That Changed Everything will divulge behind-the-scenes secrets and stories from the campaign trail and shed light on how the ultimate victor triumphed. The book will be filled with revealing accounts, beautiful photojournalism from award-winning photographers and insightful infographics.

Pre-order Unprecedented now at


About Melcher Media
Melcher Media is an award-winning producer of books and digital media. Known for its high-quality content creation and innovative design, Melcher Media has produced more than 130 print titles, including 25 New York Times bestsellers, in addition to apps, eBooks, websites, videos, and events. Since its founding in 1995, Melcher Media has built a reputation as a world leader in helping companies, institutions, and authors tell their stories.

CNN Politics Expands Podcast Portfolio With Launch of "Party People" and "The Daily DC"
September 20th, 2016
10:50 AM ET

CNN Politics Expands Podcast Portfolio With Launch of "Party People" and "The Daily DC"

Building on the success of CNN and The University of Chicago’s critically acclaimed podcast "The Axe Files,” CNN Politics announced today the debut of two new podcasts for politics enthusiasts. 

CNN's Party People is looking for the soul of conservatism in America. The weekly podcast provides a new offering from Republicans Kevin Madden and Mary Katharine Ham, who represent different wings of the party. Each episode will delve into the future of the GOP with guests from across the political spectrum including lawmakers, thinkers, pollsters, party elders, activists, and many more. 

CNN's The Daily DC exploits one of CNN's greatest assets – the political mind of CNN Political Director David Chalian. Chalian's morning read-ins are an important part of CNN's daily political coverage, and now you can learn from them. Chalian is the best political director in the business and every day listeners can tune in to hear what you need to know from the campaign trail and the world of politics. 

You can catch The Daily DC every weekday and Party People weekly at, as well as iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio or your favorite podcast app.

These new original podcasts add to the audio podcasts available from CNN that includes popular TV shows AC360, Fareed Zakaria GPS, State of the Union, Reliable Sources and others, also available at

September 20th, 2016
09:05 AM ET

CNN Launches #MyVote Nationwide Tour to Election Day

In partnership with Instagram, Facebook and CA Technologies, CNN embarked today on a nationwide tour of key swing states, presidential debate locations and destinations around the country on the #MyVote camper and projection tour.

Making its debut stop steps from the White House in front of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., the #MyVote camper displayed the first in a series of campaign trail photos taken by the Instagram community via an immersive, one-of-a-kind virtual projection experience. These images will be exhibited at the Newseum, each debate stop and more locations to be announced as the tour unfolds.

CNN correspondents Chris Moody and Vanessa Yurkevich will travel with the #MyVote camper, report from the ground and talk to citizens to capture the faces and voices of the people. 

At tour stops, members of the community are invited to enter the #MyVote camper and take a photo with either a red, blue or purple background color. They can then share that photo on Instagram, using the #MyVote hashtag. The #MyVote camper will serve as CNN’s Facebook Live HQ and the social media hub on the road-tour and at each presidential debate location stop in New York, Missouri, Virginia and Nevada. 

#MyVote integrations can also be found on the CNN Politics app, available for download in the iOS app store.

The one-of-a-kind immersive projection experiences are produced by Obscura Digital and built with CA Technologies, the technology sponsor of the 2016 America’s Choice Election on CNN.

July 11th, 2016
03:03 PM ET


Network to Transform Harry Buffalo (RNC) and Victory Beer Hall (DNC)

Into Event & Broadcast Hubs

It’s back and better than ever!  For four nights only the CNN Grill will open its doors in Cleveland, OH and Philadelphia, PA for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.  In cooperation with an all-star lineup of vendors and partners, CNN will offer select convention-goers access to the most tricked out hospitality venues and live broadcast studios in each city.  The ultimate convention destination, the CNN Grill is where lawmakers, celebrities, reporters and politicos meet to make news and make merry. 

This year, the CNN Grill has chosen STARR Catering Group to create custom menus for both cities, giving guests a truly unique and unparalleled experience. The CNN Grill will also give visitors a special taste of Cleveland and Philadelphia and shine a spotlight on several top-notch local businesses by incorporating their products into the Grill’s menu.

The CNN Grill at the Republican National Convention

Situated just steps from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, the CNN Grill will be located at the site of Harry Buffalo.  With the help of experiential marketing & PR agency CIVIC, CNN completely reimagined the restaurant – a two-story warehouse space located on East 4th Street. The Grill will serve as home base for the network with a newsroom and live broadcasts daily, a fully operational restaurant and multiple bars. The Grill will play host to a variety of special events throughout the day and will open to invited guests nightly at 5pm from Monday, July 18th – Thursday, July 21st.  

To highlight local businesses on the Grill’s menu in Cleveland, STARR has tapped a variety of hometown favorites:

  • Pierogies of Cleveland, a family-operated business that first opened in 2009 that offers handmade pierogies from locally-sourced ingredients, will provide pierogis for the CNN Grill lunch and dinner menus. 
  • Mitchell’s Ice Cream, founded in 1999 by Mike and Pete Mitchell – brothers and long-time Cleveland natives will supply ice cream for the CNN Grill ice cream bar.
  • Humble Pie Baking Company, started by Diane Sikorski from her home in 2008 and known for its small-batch jams, jellies and preserves, will be featured on the Grill’s breakfast menu.
  • Rising Star Coffee Roaster’s philosophy about coffee is simple: “Buy dang good coffee and pay the farmer and the producer enough money to live and maybe even enjoy life. That’s it.”  Their coffee will be featured throughout the day at the CNN Grill in Cleveland.  

The CNN Grill at the Democratic National Convention

A prime location in Philadelphia, the CNN Grill will take up residence at Victory Beer Hall at XFINITY Live!.  CNN worked with CIVIC to transform the sprawling space into an unrivaled convention venue for food, fun, festivities, and of course – a broadcast studio for live daily programming. The site boasts soaring ceilings, several bars and a 2,000 square-foot patio complete with a fire pit and a unique panoramic view of the Philadelphia skyline. A variety of private events will be hosted throughout the day and the Grill will open to invited guests daily at 5pm from Monday July 25th — Thursday July 28th.

To introduce visitors to some local flavor, STARR Catering Group has identified several businesses whose products will be featured on the CNN Grill menu:

  • Federal Donuts first opened in 2011, but has since expanded to five locations. Vanilla spice donuts from this iconic Philadelphia business will be featured on the CNN Grill’s breakfast menu in Philadelphia.
  • Little Baby’s Ice Cream began serving delicious ice cream to the people of Philadelphia from their first tricycle cart (dubbed “Flavor Blaster One”) in the summer of 2012. They will be the featured supplier for the CNN Grill’s ice cream cart in Philly. 
  • La Colombe was founded by Todd Carmichael and JP Iberti in Philadelphia on a simple but profound premise: America Deserves Better Coffee. Their coffee will be featured on the CNN Grill’s menu throughout the day in Philadelphia. 

The CNN Grill first opened its doors across from Madison Square Garden in New York City as the ‘CNN Diner’ in 2004 and has since welcomed convention goers in St. Paul, MN and Denver, CO in 2008 and Charlotte, NC and Tampa, FL in 2012. CNN has also taken the Grill to the SXSW festival in Austin, TX.

June 8th, 2016
02:19 PM ET



CNN dominated cable news throughout this election cycle and last night’s historic primary/caucus night was no exception.  CNN was the place where Americans watched election returns with the network ranking #1 among adults 25-54 and 18-34. In primetime (8-11pm), CNN beat the competition by wide margins – CNN averaged 829k, +78% more than MSNBC’s 466k and had a +81% advantage over Fox News’ 458k among adults 25-54.  Among younger viewers (18-34) CNN was #1, also by wide margins, with 227k, MSNBC had 104k, and Fox News trailed with 73k.  In total viewers CNN beat MSNBC (2.405 million vs. MSNBC’s 2.051 million); Fox News had 2.525 million.

During the live coverage block (7pm-2am), which included late night returns from California, CNN was #1 across the board.  In total viewers, CNN was top-rated with 2.129 million, Fox News followed with 1.828 million and MSNBC had 1.779 million.  Among adults 25-54, CNN outperformed the competition with 745k, +74% more than MSNBC’s 429k and a whopping +106% advantage over Fox News’ 362k. In younger viewers (18–34), CNN had 206k vs. MSNBC’s 96k vs. Fox News’ 57k.

Last night’s Super Tuesday 5 primary/caucus election night coverage (New Jersey, New Mexico, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and California) was anchored by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Jake Tapper and Dana Bash.  John King reported throughout the night from the Magic Wall.

CNN Digital welcomed 16 million unique visitors across properties on Super Tuesday, making it the sixth most trafficked primary or caucus day dating back to 2008. CNN Digital also saw 11 million multiplatform video starts and 89 million page views.

This primary election season CNN had:

  • Most debates on television (6 Republican, 5 Democratic)
  • Three of the top five Debates in history
  • Highest Democratic primary debate ever (Las Vegas debate, 10/13/15)
  • Most watched non-sports cable prime time (Reagan Library GOP debate, 9/15/15)
  • Only cable news network to simulcast debates this cycle (PBS, Univision)
  • Most Town Halls
  • Highest rated Democratic Town Hall in history and highest rated Republican Town Hall in history
  • Had top five candidate events and most watched this cycle (Iowa (1/25/16), NH (2/3/16), South Carolina (2/17-2/18), Ohio (3/13/16), Wisconsin (3/29/16))
  • Ranked #1 in 12 of the 17 primary/caucus election nights (adults 25-54, based on 7p-2a coverage block)
  • #1 and #2 primary nights in prime time in cable news history (Super Tuesday #1 (3/1/16), Super Tuesday #3 (3/15/16))
  • Highest rated Iowa Caucuses in cable news history (adults 25-54)
  • Super Tuesday ranked #1 in all of cable and had largest delivery ever across cable news in prime (adults 25-54)
  • #2 NH Primary in CNN’s history (adults 25-54)
  • CNN Politics remained the #1 destination for online political news
May 23rd, 2016
09:46 AM ET


Easily Tops Every Competitor In Every Category: Visitors, Views, Video, Mobile & Minutes

For the month of April 2016, CNN Politics extended its streak as the most trafficked political news destination online to 14 straight months.  The network easily topped every competitor and registered double and triple-digit growth over its own number one position year-over-year. With 28 million unique multiplatform visitors, 18 million mobile uniques, 71 million video starts, and nearly 228 million multiplatform views, CNN Politics remains the category leader and the nation’s top source for political news and information.  


April 26th, 2016
11:08 AM ET


Celebrates Full Year as #1 Source for Political News

Marking a full year as the Web’s number one source for political news, CNN Politics registered another month of record-breaking numbers in March 2016. Leading all competitors in all categories - multiplatform visitors, mobile unique visitors, video starts, multiplatform views and time spent - CNN Politics left no doubt that it’s the nation’s most trusted source for political news and information.   

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

CNN Politics welcomed across platforms a record 41 million unique visitors in March 2016 — 5 million more than CNN's previous record (Feb. 2016). The network saw 14 million more visitors than HuffPost Politics, and nearly doubled the audience of Politico.

41 mm: CNN Politics

  • 27 mm: HuffPost Politics
  • 21 mm:
  • 20 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 19 mm: Yahoo Politics
  • 16 mm: MSNBC TV

comScore Multi-Platform Media Metrix, March 2015 – March 2016. Based on News/Information – Politics Category.

CNN Politics: #1 Mobile Unique Visitors

Yet another record was set in March 2016 when CNN Politics registered 28 million mobile unique visitors — an increase of 327% from the prior year.  

28 mm: CNN Politics

  • 20 mm: HuffPost Politics
  • 14 mm:
  • 12 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 11 mm: MSNBC TV
  • 11 mm:

comScore Mobile Metrix, March 2015 – March 2016. Based on News/Information – Politics Category.

CNN Politics: #1 in Video Starts

Tripling its two nearest competitors, CNN Politics dominated video in March with a record-breaking 107 million video starts — up 380% over the prior year.   

107 mm: CNN Politics

  • 36 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 34 mm: TYT Network
  • 19 mm: MSNBC TV
  • 14 mm:
  • 12 mm: – Politics

Source: comScore Video Metrix, March 2015 – March 2016. Based on News/Information – Politics Category. Video is desktop only.

CNN Politics: #1 in Multiplatform Views

CNN Politics easily retained its first place position in March 2016 with a record-breaking 394 million views. Up 108 million over February 2016’s record-breaking numbers and 336% over the prior year.  

394 mm: CNN Politics

  • 203 mm:
  • 142 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 112 mm:
  • 106 mm: HuffPost Politics
  • 90 mm: MSNBC TV 

Sources: comScore Multi-Platform, March 2015 – March 2016; Views are browser only and include desktop video. Based on News/Information – Politics Category. 

CNN Politics: #1 in Multiplatform Minutes Spent

Audiences spent a stunning 900 million minutes consuming CNN Politics content across desktop and mobile platforms last month — an increase of 150 million minutes over the prior record from February 2016. That's nearly double the time spent on Fox News Politics and triple that of TYT Network.  

900 mm: CNN Politics

  • 460 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 300 mm: TYT Network
  • 262 mm: MSNBC TV
  • 212 mm:
  • 147 mm: HuffPost Politics

Sources: comScore Multi-Platform, March 2015 – March 2016; Based on News/Information – Politics Category.

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