CNN POLITICS: #1 FOR 15 MONTHS
June 24th, 2016
02:00 AM ET

CNN POLITICS: #1 FOR 15 MONTHS

Sweeps Every Category in May: Visitors, Video, Views & Minutes

May 2016 marked the 15th straight month that CNN Politics was the Web’s most-consumed producer of political news and information.  The network posted triple-digit gains over the previous year and easily topped every competitor in every traffic category.  Up across the board over April 2016, CNN politics posted 31 million unique multiplatform visitors, 79 million video starts, nearly 260 million multiplatform views and 681 million minutes of consumption time.

#1 Multiplatform Unique Visitors
Doubling the traffic of nearly every competitor, CNN Politics attracted an audience of 31 million unique visitors across platforms in May 2016 – up 135% vs. the prior year and +11% over the previous month.

31 mm: CNN Politics

  • 18 mm: HuffPost Politics
  • 16 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 14.2 mm: MSNBC TV
  • 14.1 mm: Politico.com
  • 10 mm: The Hill

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

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Transcript:  CNN Libertarian Town Hall moderated by Chris Cuomo
CNN Libertarian Town Hall at Time Warner Center in New York, hosted by Chris Cuomo.
June 22nd, 2016
11:38 PM ET

Transcript: CNN Libertarian Town Hall moderated by Chris Cuomo

FULL RUSH TRANSCRIPT:

CUOMO: Good evening, and welcome to the CNN Libertarian town hall. This is your chance to get to know the candidates behind a party and a movement that's not only alive this election season, but growing.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ANNOUNCER: In the year of the outsider, he's looking for the inside track.

JOHNSON: How about a skeptic at the table?

ANNOUNCER: In a time of big talk, he's promising straight talk.

JOHNSON: I tell the truth. I am not a liar.

ANNOUNCER: To the idea of more government promises, he's promising less.

JOHNSON: Let people make decisions in their own lives.

ANNOUNCER: Libertarian Gary Johnson, running mate Bill Weld, two former governors, one governing philosophy.

JOHNSON: We are fiscally conservative, over the top. We're socially liberal.

ANNOUNCER: The question this year: Can it win the day?

JOHNSON: Understand the opportunity, please.

ANNOUNCER: Or could they tip the race?

JOHNSON: It's your choice.

ANNOUNCER: The unconventional choice in the least conventional race on record facing your questions tonight.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(APPLAUSE)

CUOMO: All right. Welcome to all of you who are joining us here in the audience in New York, across the country, and around the world. Just so you know, we're being simulcast tonight on CNN International, CNN en Espanol, CNN Go, and SiriusXM satellite channel 116.

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Topics: 2016 Election • Chris Cuomo • CNN • CNN Politics • Transcripts
CNN POLITICS DOMINATES IN MARCH
April 26th, 2016
11:08 AM ET

CNN POLITICS DOMINATES IN MARCH

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: Politico.com
  • 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: Politico.com
  • 12 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 11 mm: MSNBC TV
  • 11 mm: Salon.com

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:  Salon.com
  • 12 mm:  Bloomberg.com – 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: Politico.com
  • 142 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 112 mm: RealClearPolitics.com
  • 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: Politico.com
  • 147 mm: HuffPost Politics

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

CNN POLITICS KICKS OFF ELECTION YEAR AS THE NO. 1 SOURCE FOR POLITICAL NEWS
February 22nd, 2016
09:14 AM ET

CNN POLITICS KICKS OFF ELECTION YEAR AS THE NO. 1 SOURCE FOR POLITICAL NEWS

CNN Politics kicked off the 2016 election year as the dominant leader in political news. Earning a record 26 million multiplatform unique visitors in January 2016, CNN outranked all other competitors and recorded staggering triple-digit growth compared to January 2015. In the month leading up to the nation's first primaries and caucuses, audiences flocked to CNN for its expert coverage and analysis of the race for the White House.

Outperforming all competitors in comScore’s Politics Category, CNN Politics bested second-place HuffPost Politics — a site that pads its traffic with more than 6 million unique visitors per month from “HuffPost Good News,” a decidedly non-politics entity — and maintained its position as the Web’s number one source for political news.

In January 2016:

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CNN Politics Presents: "Why I'm voting for Trump"
January 27th, 2016
08:17 AM ET

CNN Politics Presents: "Why I'm voting for Trump"

CNN Politics talked to more than 150 people in 31 cities to explore what's driving the Trump phenomenon. Here's what they found.

They are showing up in droves to see Donald Trump – but who are they? In an effort to capture the remarkable Trump phenomenon - and the anti-establishment anger, and the racial and economic fears beneath it - CNN Politics reporters MJ Lee, Sara Murray, Jeremy Diamond, Noah Gray and Tal Kopan spoke with more than 150 people in 31 cities to produce a new in-depth report.

The voices - including supporters and opponents of Trump - that CNN reporters interviewed across the country over the past few months are captured and displayed in video and text form to provide a snapshot of a political movement unprecedented in modern politics.

They reflect some of the loudest and most passionate defenders of Trump. Many people CNN interviewed were not turned off by Trump's provocative remarks — but inclined to agree with his statements and his unvarnished approach to self-expression.

But there are also other factors feeding the enthusiasm: the belief that Americans are unsafe, and he will protect them; an appreciation for the simple good vs. evil worldview he presents; an admiration of his celebrity status and business background. And, above all, a faith that he will restore an America they feel has been lost to them, and dream of experiencing again.

Explore the full report exclusively at CNNPolitics.com.

Topics: 2016 Election • CNN Politics
January 25th, 2016
01:32 PM ET

What You Need to Know About the Democratic Town Hall

 

Watch CNN's Democratic town hall, airing live from Iowa on Monday, 9 p.m. ET

The Democratic presidential hopefuls will make closing arguments to Iowa voters Monday night during a CNN town hall in Des Moines - one week before the first-in-the-nation votes are cast at the Iowa caucuses.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will appear first, followed by ex-Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and then former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, CNN announced Monday. Each will have 30 minutes onstage at Drake University's Sheslow Auditorium and will face questions from audience members as well as CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo.

The Iowa Democratic Party and Drake University invited the audience, which will also include some CNN guests.

This event comes as Clinton tries to brush back a surprisingly strong challenge from Sanders.

The forum will air on CNN from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

The Town Hall will also be live-streamed online and across mobile devices via CNNgo. CNN International and CNN en Espanol will also simulcast the Town Hall.

Be sure to use #DemTownHall when tweeting

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Usage Rules for tonight’s Town Hall:

Domestic Broadcast Use:  Upon conclusion of the Town Hall, news organizations in the U.S. may use excerpts (up to 3:00minutes at a time) and must provide on screen credit throughout “Courtesy of CNN.”  CNN Affiliates are asked to contact CNN Newsource for more information.

Domestic Digital Video Use :  Similar to broadcast rules, upon conclusion of the Town Hall, news organizations in the U.S.  may use digital video clips (up to 3:00 minutes at a time) and must credit CNN. 

International Use –  Broadcast and Digital  (NON CNN AFFILIATES): Usage for international news organizations in broadcast and digital will be limited to one minute, CNN branded, after 1amET, for 24 hours only. All town hall material will be “No Access Japan”. No redistribution by News Agencies.  Please contact with additional inquiries: ins@turner.com


Topics: 2016 Election • CNN Politics
January 20th, 2016
06:31 AM ET

CNN to hold Iowa Democratic town hall

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The Democratic presidential hopefuls will face voters in a CNN town hall on Monday in Des Moines - one week before the highly anticipated Iowa caucuses.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will field questions from Iowa Democrats in this prime-time event hosted by the Iowa Democratic Party and Drake University.

For more information, please view the full story here.


Topics: 2016 Election • CNN Politics
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.

CNN and Pivit Launch "The CNN Politics Debate Sweepstakes"
December 1st, 2015
05:50 PM ET

CNN and Pivit Launch "The CNN Politics Debate Sweepstakes"

In what’s being dubbed the "Data Election,” CNN’s Political Prediction Market continues to capture the publics outlook into the probabilities surrounding the races and issues that matter most.  And with results so fascinating, CNN and Pivit are upping the ante.

During the month of December, all registered players of "The CNN Politics Debate Sweepstakes" will have the opportunity to enter to win a trip for two to attend the March CNN Republican Debate in person in the studio audience. The winner will be determined by the standings of the national leaderboard, which tallies all the points players win for correct predictions across all markets. 

CNN’s Political Prediction Market, administered by Pivit, allows the public the chance to predict where the public’s perception of the election will go based on analysis, polling and user intuition. The markets change as the public weighs in on the increasing or decreasing chance that a candidate or party wins or loses a debate, primary and the overall election. Users have a chance to prove their knowledge against family, friends, and others all across the world by participating in this exciting political game that’s available to play for free at CNN.com/play.

Visit CNN.com/play to enter and have a chance to win.

For official rules and regulations, visit CNN.com/play.


Topics: 2016 Election • CNN • CNN Politics
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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