February 4th, 2016
01:58 PM ET

CNN’S TOWN HALL RANKS #1 IN CABLE NEWS LAST NIGHT

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Dem Town Hall is Top-Rated in both Total Viewers and Demos

According to Nielsen Fast National data, CNN’s New Hampshire Democratic Town Hall (9-11p) ranked #1 in cable news last night, topping Fox News and MSNBC in total viewers, adults 25-54, and adults 18-34.  Moderated by Anderson Cooper, the Town Hall averaged 2.717 million total viewers.  Fox News followed with 2.331 million and MSNBC trailed with 984k.  Among adults 25-54, CNN (871k) outperformed the combined delivery of Fox News (486k) and MSNBC (243k).  Among adults 18-34, CNN (391k) also outperformed the combined delivery of Fox News (104k) and MSNBC (41k).

The post-program, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon (11p-1a) also ranked #1 in the demo last night, averaging 364k, Fox News had 327k and MSNBC lagged with 141k.  CNN won overall primetime (8-11pm) with 694k, +34% more than Fox News’ 519k and a +215% lead over MSNBC’s 220k.

Source:  The Nielsen Company, Fast Nationals time period-based data for Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

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Topics: CNN
CNN International Commercial expands offering to broadcast and digital publishers
Kostas Oikonomou and Hristo Guertchev
February 4th, 2016
11:19 AM ET

CNN International Commercial expands offering to broadcast and digital publishers

New appointments to focus on content sales around US elections, digital products and branded channel launches

CNN has appointed a new Commercial Director, EMEA, and Head of Product for its Content Sales, Partnerships and Out of Home business as it increases its content and services offering for international affiliates and partners.

Kostas Oikonomou joins CNN International as Commercial Director, Content Sales and Partnerships, EMEA, to work with existing and new TV and digital publishers across the region to license CNN’s award-winning content, utilise CNN reporting, consultancy and training, and launch CNN-branded linear and digital channels.  Oikonomou has a long track-record of editorial, commercial and consultancy roles at Discovery Communications, Al-Jazeera English, Associated Press and NBC News.

Hristo Guertchev is appointed as CNN International’s Head of Product for Content Sales and Out of Home. Guertchev will work closely with CNN editorial, technology and commercial teams to define, develop and deliver products and services for CNN’s international TV and digital affiliate publishers and out of home partners such as hotels and airlines. Guertchev joins CNN International Commercial from Reuters, where he spent six years in a range of commercial and product roles, most recently as Senior Product Manager, Video. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
February 2nd, 2016
01:20 PM ET

CNN tops FOX News and MSNBC in demo during Iowa Caucuses

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MASSIVE TURNOUT FOR CNN DIGITAL

According to Nielsen fast national data, CNN topped Fox News and MSNBC in the demo adults 25-54 during last night’s coverage of the Iowa Caucuses.

During the full coverage block (7p-2a), CNN averaged 1.082 million viewers, Fox News followed with 867k and MSNBC had 483k.

CNN also topped Fox News and MSNBC during primetime in the demo.  CNN had 1.394 million, Fox News averaged 1.165 million and MSNBC trailed with 592k.

This represents the highest rated Iowa Caucuses in CNN and cable news history, among adults 25-54.

In total viewers, CNN averaged 2.806 million (7p-2a), the network’s highest rated Iowa Caucus coverage ever among total viewers.

Online, CNN Politics' mix of strong stories, engaging experiences, interactives, results and explanatory video won the day. CNN Digital saw record-setting audiences, registering its third best day in history, with more than 5 million unique visitors on CNNPolitics.com, 3 million mobile app users and 14 million unique visitors for CNN Digital overall.   (Source: Adobe Reports & Analytics.) 

 

 


Topics: CNN
February 2nd, 2016
01:18 PM ET

1.35 Million Viewers See CNN Films Presents HISTORY OF THE EAGLES – Premiere #1 on Saturday

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Director Alison Ellwood’s look at the musical legacy of the rock supergroup soars for CNN Films Presents 

Among Viewers 18-34, in 25-54 Demo, and Total Viewers

The CNN Films Presents premiere of History of the Eagles won its time period on Saturday night, and was seen by 1.35 million total viewers Saturday, Jan. 30, beginning 8:00pm Eastern.  The four-hour film premiere also won the time period (8:00pm to 11:55pm Eastern) for cable news viewers with 384k viewers aged 25 to 54 years, as well as among younger viewers aged 18 to 34 years with 67k viewers.

In its time period Saturday night, CNN Films Presents History of the Eagles outperformed the combined delivery of Fox News and MSNBC (726k total viewers for Fox and 304k total viewers for MSNBC) among total viewers and among viewers in the cable news demo of viewers aged 25 to 54 (168k for Fox and 157k for MSNBC).  MSNBC averaged 44k among viewers aged 18 to 34; Fox News averaged 33k among viewers aged 18 to 34.

The film, directed by Alison Ellwood and produced by Alex Gibney first debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and spans the early life of the bandmates, their rise to super stardom, the breakup of the band, and their reunion.  FULL POST

February 2nd, 2016
12:22 PM ET

CNN STRONG #2, UP DOUBLE-DIGITS IN JANUARY

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Ranks #1 across Cable News in Weekend Total Day and Prime in Demo

CNN Special Events Programming Tops Competition

January was another strong month for CNN with the network kicking off the year ranking #2 in cable news and growing double-digits vs a year ago. For the month, CNN ranked #2 in cable news in Total Day and Primetime in both total viewers and the demo 25-54. CNN has now topped MSNBC for the 19th straight month in Total Day among both total viewers and the demo, and in Primetime in the demo – the longest winning streak in almost eight years (since Feb. 2008).  CNN has now beaten MSNBC in Primetime in total viewers for the second consecutive month.  Also in January, CNN ranked #1 in cable news on weekends (Sat/Sun) in both Total Day and Primetime among 25-54.

Of particular note, CNN special events programming all ranked #1 across cable news in their time periods this month:

  • AC360: Guns in America Town Hall ranked #1 among 25-54 and 18-34. (1/7/16, 8-9:12p);
  • 2016 State of the Union Address ranked #1 in total viewers, 25-54 and 18-34. (1/12/16, 9:11-10:09p);
  • Iowa Democratic Town Hall ranked #1 among total viewers, 25-54, and 18-34 and was highest-rated primary candidates’ cable news event (excluding debates) on record among Live+SD. (1/25/16, 9-11:05p);
  • New Year’s Eve with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin ranked #1 in total viewers, 25-54 and 18-34. This year’s show was best ever with the co-hosts among total viewers in the 12a-12:30a time period. (12/31/15, 8p-12:38a).

CNN January 2016 Program Highlights:

Dayside:

  • CNN dayside (9a-4p) programs all ranked #2 in January with CNN posting a +61% advantage over MSNBC in total viewers (639k vs. 396k) and a +82% lead in the demo (155k vs. 85k).  MSNBC ranked #3.

Late Afternoons:

  • The Lead with Jake Tapper (4pm) ranked #2 in cable news, easily topping MSNBC in both total viewers (713k vs. MSNBC’s 425k) and the demo (169k vs. 87k).  The Lead grew +7% in total viewers from a year ago.
  • The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer (5-7pm) ranked #2 in cable news besting MSNBC in both total viewers (712k vs. MSNBC’s 538k) and in the demo (191k vs. 101k). The Situation Room was up in total viewers (+10%) vs. year ago.

Primetime:

  • CNN beat MSNBC during M-F primetime hours at 7pm, 8pm and 10pm in the key demo 25-54.
  • Erin Burnett Outfront (7pm) ranked #2 in the demo (218k), topping MSNBC’s Hardball (165k) by +32%.  EBOF was up +14% vs. a year ago in total viewers and +3% in the demo 25-54.
  • Anderson Cooper 360 ranked #2 in both total viewers (952k) and the demo (287k) easily topping MSNBC’s Chris Hayes (830k/178k).  AC 360 was the highest-rated CNN primetime news program.  AC 360 grew +34% in total viewers and +16% in the demo compared to last year.  CNN has now topped MSNBC in total viewers for the fourth straight month and in the demo for the 19th consecutive month at 8p.
  • CNN Tonight with Don Lemon ranked #2 in the demo (212k), topping MSNBC (179k).  CNN has now beaten MSNBC at 10pm for the 19th straight month in the important key demo 25-54.  The Lemon-led program was up +31% in total viewers and +12% among 25-54 vs. last year.

 Saturdays:

  • New Day Saturday (6-9a) ranked #2 in cable news each hour in total viewers and the demo 25-54.  MSNBC was 4th.
  • Smerconish (9am) ranked #2 in total viewers (692k vs. MSNBC’s 326k) and more than doubled MSNBC among 25-54 (157k vs. MSNBC’s 73k).
  • CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield ranked #1 at 11a, 12p, 1p and 2p among 25-54.  The show was up double-digits most hours vs. a year ago.
  • CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow ranked #1 during the 3-6pm hours in the key demo 25-54 in January.  The program was also up double digits each hour in total viewers and most hours in the demo compared to last year.

Sundays:

  • Inside Politics with John King (8:30a) ranked #2 in both total viewers (614k) and the demo (168k).  MSNBC ranked 4th. The program grew +57% in total viewers and +28% in the demo from last year.
  • State of the Union with Jake Tapper ranked #2 on Sundays at 9am and was #1 at noon in the key demo 25-54.  At 9am SOTU averaged 674k in total viewers and grew +35% vs. last year, registering 173k in the demo (+12%).  At noon, SOTU was up +29% in total viewers (825k) and +44% in the demo (188k) compared to a year ago.
  • Fareed Zakaria GPS (10am) ranked #2 in total viewers (772k, up +27%) and in the demo 25-54 (185k).  At 1p GPS ranked #1 in the demo 25-54 (159k, up +17%).
  • Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter (11am) grew significantly vs. a year ago, increasing +49% in total viewers and +42% in the demo 25-54.  RS ranked #2 this month in both total viewers (749k) and among 25-54 (190k).

CNN Films and CNN Films Presents:

  • CNN Films: Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine Premiere (Sun 1/3/16, 9p-11p): Across cable news in its time period, ranked #1 among total viewers, 25-54 and 18-34.  The film outperformed the combined delivery of FXNC and MSNBC in each demo.  Of the 21 CNN Films and 5 CNN Films Presents premieres to-date among Live+SD, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine is the 3rd highest-rated among 25-54 (after Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me and Blackfish).
  • CNN Films: Sunshine Superman Premiere (Sun 1/17/16, 9p-10:55p): Across cable news in its time period, ranked #2 in 25-54 and #1 in 18-34.  Attracted the youngest audience across cable news in its time period.
  • CNN Films Presents: History of the Eagles Premiere (Sat 1/30/16, 8-11:55p): CNN ranked #1 in total viewers, 25-54 and 18-34.  The film outperformed the combined delivery of FXNC and MSNBC in 25-54 and total viewers.  Of the 21 CNN Films and 5 CNN Films Presents premieres to-date among Live+SD, History of the Eagles is the 3rd highest-rated among total viewers (after Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me and Blackfish).

Data is a blend of Nielsen Live+SD and the more inclusive Live+3 and final Live+7 data when available.

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Topics: CNN
Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 7 and 8
CNN’s ‘Winning Post’ is joined by British sports presenter and journalist Aly Vance (nee Rowell) as the new host of the network’s monthly flat-racing show.
February 2nd, 2016
06:37 AM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 7 and 8

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New 'Winning Post' host Aly Vance

New 'Winning Post' host Aly Vance

Saturday 20 February at 1730 GMT / 1830 CET

Sunday 21 February at 0730 GMT / 0830 CET and 2230 GMT / 2330 CET

Thursday 25 February at 1030 GMT / 1130 CET and 1730 GMT / 1830 CET

Saturday 27 February at 0730 GMT / 0830 CET and 2230 GMT / 2330 CET

Sunday 28 February at 1730 GMT / 1830 CET

 

Duration: 30 Minutes

 

In February, CNN’s ‘Winning Post’ is joined by British sports presenter and journalist Aly Vance (nee Rowell) as the new host of the network’s monthly flat-racing show.

In her first programme as host, Vance (pictured) explores horse racing in South Africa, reporting from the continent’s newest and richest horse race, the CTS Million Dollar and the long-running J&B Met: races as famous for haute couture as the horses themselves. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
February 1st, 2016
10:42 PM ET

HUAWEI AND CNN INTERNATIONAL STRENGTHEN PARTNERSHIP WITH GLOBAL SPONSORSHIP CAMPAIGN FOR A BETTER CONNECTED WORLD

Huawei is extending its commercial partnership with CNN International launching a 12-week integrated campaign that spans program sponsorship, on-air weekly segments and vignettes, spot advertising, banner ads and digital components.

The centre-piece of the campaign is the sponsorship of CNN International flagship program ‘Connect the World’ in Asia and Latin America. Live from Abu Dhabi, ‘Connect the World’ is hosted by Becky Anderson and analyses today’s news stories, anticipates their consequences and contextualizes their origins.

The ‘Connect the World’ program sponsorship is complemented with the launch of a new on-air series called ‘The Connectors’ which will be seen across APAC, LATAM, and EMEA.

‘The Connectors’ explores the creative thinking behind some of the world’s most successful products, as well as the innovative business solutions shaping brands today. Each week will see a world-class creative team take audiences on a journey from idea to fruition.

Beginning week of February 1, 2016, the first segment features internationally-renowned Aardman Animations, the creators of the iconic Wallace and Gromit series. Aardman Creative Director Peter Lord and his team discuss the creative process behind Special Delivery, a new immersive 3D interactive short story project commissioned by Google Spotlight Stories.

In addition to the segments, weekly vignettes will showcase people from the world of business and lifestyle who use straightforward logic to solve problems plaguing their industry. Kicking-off the series is Dearman, a start-up clean tech company that uses liquid air and nitrogen to deliver zero-emission power and cooling.

Vice President, CNN International Advertising Sales Asia Pacific, Sunita Rajan: “CNN International and Huawei have had a long-standing relationship but this new campaign which incorporates program sponsorship and an on-air series takes the partnership to a much deeper level. We’re delighted to partner with Huawei across CNN’s television and digital platforms and we’re confident ‘The Connectors’ will resonate with audiences around the world.”

CMO, Huawei Consumer Business Group, Glory Zhang: “We are thrilled to further our relationship with CNN and its exceptional reach. ‘The Connectors’ series perfectly complements our vision of ‘Building a Better Connected World’, emphasizing a need for greater agility, creativity and compelling content behind businesses today. Being able to reach audiences via integrated platforms that resonate is key for us. We are confident the latest CNN campaign will propel our message to new heights, be it to showcase the newest Huawei watch, Mate 8 or P8 Smartphones.”

‘The Connectors’ begins week of February 1, 2016 and airs in CNN International flagship program ‘Connect the World’ hosted by Becky Anderson.

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Press Contacts:

Penelope Heath / Ingrid Hsu

Tel: +852 3128 3538 / +852 3128 3568

E-mail: penelope.heath@cnn.com / ingrid.hsu@cnn.com

February 1st, 2016
12:36 PM ET

PM Trudeau on Canada's reaction to ISIS: "I think people are open to not choosing to live in constant fear"

On this weekend's FAREED ZAKARIA GPS, host Fareed Zakaria spoke with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in the Prime Minister’s first interview with a non-Canadian media organization. The wide-ranging interview covered the Syrian refugee crisis, military action and air strikes against ISIS, and how falling oil prices are impacting Canada’s economy.

MANDATORY CREDIT for reference and usage: “CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS”

WEB EXTRA: Will TRUDEAU end Canada’s air strikes against ISIS?

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/tv/2016/01/30/exp-gps-sot-trudeau-isis.cnn.html

WEB EXTRA: TRUDEAU on how the collapse of oil prices will impact Canada’s economy

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/tv/2016/01/30/exp-gps-trudeau-sot-oil.cnn.html

FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

FAREED ZAKARIA, HOST, CNN GPS: Every year at Davos, there’s a country that stands out, attracting attention and admiration. This year it was not so much a nation, but a person.

Justin Trudeau, the new 44-year-old Prime Minister of Canada, was the star of the World Economic Forum. Hollywood actors and CEOs took selfies with him. Women seemed particularly impressed, perhaps because he has appointed a cabinet that is 50 percent female.

Trudeau is an unabashed liberal, with plans to legalize pot, raise taxes on the wealthy, and take climate change seriously. In doing this, he continues the legacy of his father, Pierre Trudeau, who was perhaps Canada's most famous prime minister.

Davos was his debut on the world stage, and my interview was his first with a non-Canadian broadcaster.

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Topics: Afghanistan • CNN • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iraq • ISIS • Syria • Transcripts
January 28th, 2016
04:01 PM ET

CNN Debuts "Race for the White House" From Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti on Sunday, March 6, at 9PM ET/PT

SEASON TWO PREMIERE OF THE WONDER LIST WITH BILL WEIR FOLLOWS AT 10PM ET/PT   

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Complementing CNN’s robust election coverage, the network will debut Race for the White House, a thrilling six-part CNN Original Series narrated by Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey on Sunday, March 6, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  Using rare archival footage, interviews and stylized dramatizations, each hour-long episode tells the story of one iconic campaign for the Presidency of the United States.  From powerful speeches to the dirty tricks and Machiavellian schemes, Race for the White House captures the drama of a high-stakes presidential election and its impact on politics today.  Elections include Lincoln/Douglas, JFK/Nixon, Bush/Dukakis and more.  The series is executive produced by Spacey and Dana Brunetti (House of Cards).

Here is a look at Race for the White House -

The season two debut of the CNN Original Series The Wonder List with Bill Weir immediately follows at 10 p.m. ET/PT.  In the new season, storyteller Weir continues his worldwide quest to uncover the untold stories of remarkable people, places, cultures, and creatures, at the crossroads of change. Across six hour-long episodes, viewers will be transported to fascinating and breathtaking locations, including the glaciers and fjords of Iceland, the Peruvian ruins of Machu Picchu, the Grand Canyon and Colorado River, stunning Botswana and Namibia in southern Africa, the secretive Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan and to Cuba as it undergoes dramatic transformation.

Here is a sneak peek of the new season of The Wonder List

Race for the White House is co-produced by Raw and Trigger Street Productions.  The Wonder List with Bill Weir is produced by CNN and filmed by renowned cinematographer Philip Bloom.

About CNN Original Series
The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide.

Press Contacts:

Heather Brown – Race for the White House; 212-275-8428; Heather.Brown@turner.com
Pamela Gomez – The Wonder List with Bill Weir; 212-275-7985; Pamela.Gomez@turner.com

 

 

 


Topics: CNN
CNN’S PRIMARY CANDIDATES TOWN HALL IS MOST WATCHED IN CABLE NEWS HISTORY
January 26th, 2016
03:16 PM ET

CNN’S PRIMARY CANDIDATES TOWN HALL IS MOST WATCHED IN CABLE NEWS HISTORY

CNN Ranks #1 in Cable News Last Night

Outperformed the Combined Delivery of Fox News and MSNBC

According to Nielsen Fast National Data, last night’s CNN Iowa Democratic Candidates Town Hall (9-11pm) was the most watched primary candidates’ cable news event (excluding debates) on record.  Hosted by Chris Cuomo, the Iowa Town Hall was #1 in cable news last night among total viewers, 25-54 and 18-34.  The CNN Town Hall averaged 3.201 million total viewers, Fox News followed with 2.134 million and MSNBC trailed with 850k.  Among 25-54, CNN was top rated (944k) and outperformed the combined delivery of Fox News (407k) and MSNBC (205k).  Among the younger demo 18-34, CNN ranked #1 with 404k, Fox News lagged far behind with 51k and MSNBC had 40k. 

CNN posted a triple digit advantage (+127%) and more than doubled MSNBC’s recent First in the South Democratic Presidential Forum (11/6/15) in the demo (944k vs. MSNBC 416k) and did +38% better in total viewers (3.201m vs. MSNBC’s 2.325m). 

The post-program, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon (11p-1a) also ranked #1 among total viewers and the demo 25-54 last night.  In total viewers, CNN had 1.275 million, Fox News registered 1.136 million and MSNBC posted 407k.  In the demo, CNN averaged 423k, Fox News followed with 314k and MSNBC had 117k.  

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Nationals time period-based data for Monday 1/25/16, program-based historical data.  All data based on Live+SD. 

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