CNN ORIGINAL SERIES BELIEVER WITH REZA ASLAN PREMIERES AT #2 IN CABLE NEWS
March 7th, 2017
02:52 PM ET

CNN ORIGINAL SERIES BELIEVER WITH REZA ASLAN PREMIERES AT #2 IN CABLE NEWS

Finding Jesus Season Two also Debuts at #2, Ahead of MSNBC

CNN’s newest Original Series Believer with Reza Aslan (“Aghori Sadhus in India”) premiered on Sunday night (10pm, ET), ranking a strong #2 in cable news among both total viewers and adults 25-54 and #1 in younger viewers (18-34).  Believer outperformed MSNBC by triple digits in total viewers and adults 25-54, and was ahead of Fox News among 18-34.

Believer averaged 787k total viewers, +121% more than MSNBC’s 356k.  Fox News averaged 1.606 million total viewers.  Among adults 25-54, the show posted 304k, a +104% advantage over MSNBC’s 149k; Fox News had 366k.  Among younger viewers (18-34), CNN was top-rated with 81k, +80% more than Fox News’ 45k and a +40% lead over MSNBC’s 58k.

CNN also had the most growth at 10pm vs. the prior four Sundays, up +77% in total viewers, +65% among 25-54 and +84% in 18-34.

The season two debut of Finding Jesus (“The Pilate Stone”) also ranked #2 in cable news Sunday night (9pm, ET). In total viewers, CNN delivered 1.045 million, +188% more than MSNBC’s 363k.  Fox News averaged 2.279 million total viewers.  Among adults 25-54, CNN posted 329k, a +116% lead over MSNBC’s 152k, Fox News had 420k.  In 18-34, CNN was top rated with 70k, Fox News followed with 53k and MSNBC had 38k.

Among ALL CNN Original Series season premieres, Finding Jesus Season 2 ranks #6 in total viewers and #9 among adults 25-54.

This Sunday’s (March 12) episodes of Finding Jesus “Raising Lazarus” and Believer “Doomsday Cult in Hawaii” premiere at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT respectively.

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‘THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD’ – Fareed Zakaria on the Rise, Reign, and Aims of Vladimir Putin
Image credit: John Nowak / CNN
February 27th, 2017
02:26 PM ET

‘THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD’ – Fareed Zakaria on the Rise, Reign, and Aims of Vladimir Putin

New documentary makes global broadcast premiere Monday, March 13 at 9:00pmET on CNN/U.S. and CNN International

What is the true nature of the relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin – and, what are the implications of their relationship for America and the world? CNN’s Fareed Zakaria searches for answers to these essential questions in ‘The MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD.’  The one-hour documentary simulcasts Monday, March 13 at 9:00pm on CNN/U.S. and CNN International, and then replays on CNN/U.S. at 12:00am. Both times Eastern.

Putin is subject to neither a legislature nor a court, and there is little free press in Russia.  Reared in Soviet poverty, Putin served as a KGB officer in East Germany before maneuvering his rapid rise from deputy mayor of St. Petersburg to president of post-Soviet Russia. FULL POST

The History of Comedy is CNN's Third Best Original Series Launch of All Time
February 13th, 2017
04:51 PM ET

The History of Comedy is CNN's Third Best Original Series Launch of All Time

CNN’s The History of Comedy (10-11pm) ranked #2 in cable news last night among adults 25-54 according to Nielsen Fast National data.  The program averaged 566k, +21% more than MSNBC’s 468k, while Fox News had 673k.  In total viewers, CNN averaged 1.442 million, MSNBC had 2.166 million and Fox News registered 3.010 million.

In prime time among total viewers, CNN had 1.567 million, MSNBC averaged 2.084 million and Fox News posted 3.566 million.

Last Thursday's (2/9) premiere ranked fourth in adults 25-54 among all CNN Original Series telecasts, only behind the premieres of Race for the White House (JFK vs. Nixon – 843k; Lincoln vs. Douglas – 634k) and The Eighties (Raised on Television – 598k).  In total viewers, the series was #3 among all CNN Original Series telecasts ever.  The next episode, "The Funnier Sex" all about women in comedy, will premiere Thursday, Feb. 16, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The History of Comedy is executive produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner (Hazy Mills) with Emmy Award winners Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen (Herzog & Company).

Source:  The Nielsen Company, Fast Nationals time period-based data for Thursday, February 9, 2017.

CNN DEBUTS NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, BELIEVER WITH REZA ASLAN, ON SUNDAY, MARCH 5, AT 10PM ET/PT
January 31st, 2017
04:03 PM ET

CNN DEBUTS NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, BELIEVER WITH REZA ASLAN, ON SUNDAY, MARCH 5, AT 10PM ET/PT

Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery

Returns for Season Two at 9PM ET/PT

Believer Trailer: http://cnn.it/2k50uH9
Finding Jesus S2 Trailerhttp://cnn.it/2ktXNLU

NEW YORK – Jan. 31, 2017Believer with Reza Aslan, a new six-part CNN Original Series, will debut on Sunday, March 5, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The spiritual adventure series follows religion scholar and best-selling author Aslan as he immerses himself in customs and faith rituals around the globe, exploring Ultra-Orthodox Judaism in Israel, Scientology in the U.S., Hindu asceticism in India, Vodou in Haiti, Santa Muerte in Mexico, and an apocalyptic doomsday cult in Hawaii.  The hour-long series, produced by Whalerock Industries with executive producers Aslan, Lloyd Braun, Liz Bronstein and Chris Cowan, will also air on CNN International.

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International Rights for Greg Barker’s ‘Legion of Brothers’ Acquired on Eve of Sundance by Content Media Corporation
A production still from 'Legion of Brothers,' directed and produced by Greg Barker, an official selection of the Documentary Premieres program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Image courtesy of CNN Films.
January 24th, 2017
11:58 AM ET

International Rights for Greg Barker’s ‘Legion of Brothers’ Acquired on Eve of Sundance by Content Media Corporation

CNN Films and Passion Pictures-produced documentary had World Premiere

at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, January 21

Park City, Utah – On the eve of the Sundance Film Festival, Content Media Corporation and CNN Films jointly announced an agreement for the international distribution rights to LEGION OF BROTHERS, a film produced by CNN Films and Passion Pictures.

Directed by Greg Barker and produced by John Battsek, Barker, Peter Bergen, Tresha Mabile and executive produced by Amy Entelis and Vinnie Malhotra, the film had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, January 21, at the MARC in Park City, Utah.  The next public screenings for the film are Saturday, January 28 at 8:30pm at the Prospector Square Theatre in Park City, and Sunday, January 29 at 6:15pm at the Grand Theatre in Salt Lake City. FULL POST

CNN TO PREMIERE THE HISTORY OF COMEDY ON THURSDAY, FEB. 9, AT 10PM ET/PT
January 4th, 2017
04:19 PM ET

CNN TO PREMIERE THE HISTORY OF COMEDY ON THURSDAY, FEB. 9, AT 10PM ET/PT

LARRY DAVID PROMO: https://youtu.be/sC46x-tu55E

New CNN Original Series Features Interviews with Comedy Icons

Norman Lear, Carol Burnett, Larry David and Betty White among others

NEW YORK – Jan. 4, 2017 – The History of Comedy, executive produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner (Hazy Mills) with Emmy Award winners Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen (Herzog & Company), will premiere Thursday, Feb. 9, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CNN, following a world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Using archival footage punctuated by contemporary interviews with comedy legends, scholars and current stars, the new eight-part CNN Original Series explores what makes people laugh and how comedy has affected the social and political landscape throughout history. FULL POST

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Hosts ‘Voices From the Obama Years’ – Global Television Event Debuts Sunday, Jan. 01
‘Voices From the Obama Years’ premieres New Year's Day
December 29th, 2016
11:16 AM ET

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Hosts ‘Voices From the Obama Years’ – Global Television Event Debuts Sunday, Jan. 01

As President Obama finishes his term in office, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria hosts a special edition of Fareed Zakaria GPS to explore the President’s legacy through the voices of his closest aides – and in his own words.

Featuring an exclusive interview with President Obama, Zakaria revisits key moments from Mr. Obama’s tenure in office.  They discuss his achievements and regrets, and discuss how the weight of the most powerful office in the world leaves an impact on each occupant – and how, as president, he’s made critical decisions before him.

Voices From the Obama Years will premiere Sunday, Jan. 1 on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.  The one-hour special will premiere on CNN/U.S. at 10:00am and encore at 1:00pm, and will air on CNN International at 7:00am, 3:00pm, and 10:00pm. FULL POST

‘THE LEGACY OF BARACK OBAMA’ – Fareed Zakaria Explores the 44th President’s Tenure in New Primetime Special
December 5th, 2016
02:49 PM ET

‘THE LEGACY OF BARACK OBAMA’ – Fareed Zakaria Explores the 44th President’s Tenure in New Primetime Special

New Fareed Zakaria Primetime Special Premieres 9:00pm Wednesday, Dec. 07

on CNN/U.S. and CNN International

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, moderator of the network’s Sunday flagship global public affairs program, Fareed Zakaria GPS, will host a two-hour special global simulcast presentation of ‘The Legacy of Barack Obama’ for Wednesday, Dec. 7, beginning at 9:00pm on CNN/U.S. and CNN International, the network announced today.  The special will encore on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 12:00am. All times Eastern.

Zakaria asserts that President Barack Obama brought dramatic policy changes to the American landscape, and he argues that the ambitious Obama Presidency may be among the most consequential in history. In ‘The Legacy of Barack Obama,’ Zakaria tells the stories of some of the President’s biggest policy bets – both the brilliant successes and the heartbreaking failures. FULL POST

TWO AC360° SPECIAL REPORTS: UNPRECEDENTED, GO INSIDE TRUMP & CLINTON CAMPAIGNS  AIRING NOV 17 & 18 AT 9PM ET
November 16th, 2016
06:20 PM ET

TWO AC360° SPECIAL REPORTS: UNPRECEDENTED, GO INSIDE TRUMP & CLINTON CAMPAIGNS AIRING NOV 17 & 18 AT 9PM ET

The 2016 presidential election rewrote the rules. It was historic, divisive, confounding and at almost every turn defied prediction. Clinton was the first female presidential nominee determined to shatter the ultimate glass ceiling, winning the popular vote but losing the election. Trump, a billionaire businessman and former reality TV star, promised to fix Washington and won the coveted office.

With two comprehensive one-hour specials, CNN goes behind the scenes for an unmatched look inside the race:

AC 360° Special Report UNPRECEDENTED: Inside the Trump Campaign (Thursday, Nov 17, 9pmET) –  In a roundtable discussion with Anderson Cooper,  CNN correspondents provide accounts from the campaign trail of what they saw and heard behind-the-scenes. Chief political correspondent Dana Bash, senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta, national correspondent Sunlen Serfaty, political reporter Sara Murray, and CNN politics reporter Jeremy Diamond take viewers inside the campaign that the polls underestimated.

AC 360° Special Report UNPRECEDENTED: Inside the Clinton Campaign
(Friday, Nov 18, 9pmET) – Anderson Cooper and CNN correspondents discuss their experience covering the Clinton campaign. Senior political correspondent Brianna Keilar, senior Washington correspondent Jeff Zeleny, senior Washington correspondent Joe Johns, national political reporter Maeve Reston and national politics reporter MJ Lee followed the embattled former first lady and New York senator as she fought to make history.
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ENLIGHTEN US: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray Debuts as CNN Films in December
November 10th, 2016
04:48 PM ET

ENLIGHTEN US: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray Debuts as CNN Films in December

Film’s World Premiere was at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

ENLIGHTEN US: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray, directed by Jenny Carchman, will premiere Thursday, Dec. 01 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S., with limited commercial interruption, the network announced today.  ENLIGHTEN US made its world debut at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City in April and also screened at Telluride Mountainfilm in Colorado and Tallgrass Film Festival in Kansas.

The film explores the story of the motivational speaker’s meteoric rise, fall, and attempt to return to the $11 billion personal growth industry following his conviction for negligent homicide in the deaths of three of Ray’s clients at one of his events.  The film explores the origins of the self-help industry, what followers of the industry are looking for, who is offering answers to those followers, and why some are willing to risk so much for that guidance.

“Jenny Carchman’s thoughtful film brings viewers inside an industry we may recognize, but not fully understand in terms of the multifaceted and complex risks for some devotees.  This film invites reflection and conversation about the broad questions of meaning and fulfillment, but also about how we seek answers to those questions,” said Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide. FULL POST

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