IN Q2, CNN IS #1 ON WEEKENDS RANKS A SOLID #2 IN WEEKDAY CABLE NEWS, WITH DOUBLE DIGIT GROWTH ACROSS THE BOARD
June 30th, 2015
04:05 PM ET

IN Q2, CNN IS #1 ON WEEKENDS RANKS A SOLID #2 IN WEEKDAY CABLE NEWS, WITH DOUBLE DIGIT GROWTH ACROSS THE BOARD

 

Network Posts Largest Quarterly Lead Over MSNBC in Primetime in Nearly Nine Years

CNN’s New Day Beats MSNBC’s Morning Joe for Fourth Straight Quarter; The Lead has Most Growth in Cable News; CNN Tonight Tops MSNBC in Total Viewers for the First Time Since 2Q-2013

 

MSNBC Hits Quarterly Lows Dating Back at Least 10 Years;

Fox News Registers Ratings Lows Since Before 9/11/01

 

CNN Original Series and Films Post Strong Ratings this Quarter

 

CNN’s competitive ratings performance and momentum continued this quarter with the network ranking #1 on weekends in both Total Day and Primetime in the demo 25-54 and a solid #2 in weekday cable across all dayparts (Total day, M-Su/M-F primetime and daytime), up significantly from year-ago levels while posting the largest growth in cable news. CNN has now beaten MSNBC in Total Day for the fifth straight quarter among both total viewers and 25-54 demo.  In primetime, CNN also posted its largest quarterly advantage over MSNBC in nearly nine years among 25-54 (M-Su prime +50% since 3Q-06).

CNN is the only cable news network with double-digit ratings growth this quarter, in all four dayparts, while MSNBC posted the biggest declines in cable news among adults 25-54. CNN’s weekday primetime programs all grew compared to a year ago and outperformed MSNBC across the 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm hours in the key demo 25-54 for the fourth consecutive quarter.  CNN morning programming is also up from a year ago, with New Day topping MSNBC’s Morning Joe in the demo rating for the fourth straight quarter. CNN also posted the largest increases in daytime programming (9a-4p) this quarter, up +29% in total viewers and +40% in among adults 25-54.

 

This quarter, Fox News registered its lowest Total Day deliveries and second lowest daytime (9a-4p) quarterly performance among 25-54 since before September 11, 2001. CNN has narrowed the gap with Fox News to the closest its been since 2008 in Total Day. MSNBC has also hit quarterly lows dating back at least 10 years in Total Day and primetime, while the network’s 43k in the daytime is the second lowest in 17 years (since 2Q 1998; 27k).  MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes and The Rachel Maddow Show posted their lowest total viewer and demo quarterly delivery on record.

 

CNN Second Quarter 2015 Program Highlights:

  • CNN’S New Day (6-9am) beat Morning Joe for the fourth straight quarter in the demo 25-54 (110k vs. MSNBC’s 79k), with Morning Joe falling to its lowest quarterly 25-54 delivery in more than seven years (since 4Q-2007) and Fox and Friends hitting its lowest quarterly 25-54 rating (210k) in almost 14 years (since 3Q-2001).  This quarter, New Day grew vs. a year ago, increasing +12% in total viewers and +21% in the demo 25-54.  Joe declined -17% and F&F was off -7% compared to last year among 25-54.
  • The Lead with Jake Tapper (4pm) posted the most growth in cable news this quarter in the demo 25-54, increasing an impressive +59% vs. last year.  The program was also up +39% among total viewers vs. 2Q a year ago, while MSNBC was down -31%/-6% respectively.  The Lead ranked #2 in cable news at 4pm, easily topping MSNBC in both total viewers (530k vs. MSNBC’s 325k) and the demo 25-54 (143k vs. 48k).
  • The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer (5-7pm) also had a very strong quarter, easily topping MSNBC in both total viewers and the demo.  The Blitzer-led program was also up +24% in total viewers and up +45% in the demo 25-54 vs. a year ago.  MSNBC’s The Ed Show (5pm) was down -47% and Politics Nation (6pm) declined -39% in the demo from a year ago.
  • Erin Burnett Outfront (7pm): For the fourth straight quarter, Outfront beat MSNBC’s Hardball in the demo (187k vs. 119k).  This represents the network’s largest quarterly advantage over MSNBC at 7pm (+58%) since 1Q-08.  EBOF also grew double-digits vs. a year ago, increasing in both total viewers (+39%) and the demo (+50%).  Hardball was down -12%/-18% vs. year ago.
  • Anderson Cooper 360 (8pm) easily ranked #2 in cable news, topping MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes in both total viewers (627k vs. 547k) for four straight quarters and in the demo (205k vs. 110k) for five consecutive quarters.   CNN’s demo delivery is the largest quarterly lead over MSNBC (+86%) since 3Q-05.  AC 360 also grew vs. a year ago, increasing +26% in total viewers and +30% in the demo. MSNBC’s Hayes decreased -11%/-20% vs. last year.  This quarter represents All in with Chris Hayes lowest demo delivery ever.
  • CNN programming at 9pm ranked #2 in the demo in cable news this quarter, increasing +13% in total viewers (561k) and +30% in the demo (206k) vs. a year ago.  MSNBC’s flagship primetime program The Rachel Maddow Show trailed CNN this quarter, ranking #3 in the demo (152k), its lowest performance ever while losing -23% of its  audience from a year ago.
  • CNN Tonight with Don Lemon ranked #2 in cable news at 10pm. CNN posted its first quarterly win over MSNBC since 2Q-13 among total viewers (575k vs. MSNBC’s 542k) and outperformed MSNBC for five straight quarters in the key demo 25-54 (218k vs. 125k).  The program was also up +23% among total viewers and +36% in the demo 25-54, while MSNBC was down -10%/-16%.
  • Smerconish ranked #2 in total viewers and the demo – increasing +25% in total viewers and 28% in the demo on Saturdays at 9am.
  • CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow ranked #1 on Saturdays during the 3-5pm hours in the demo 25-54. The show was also up double-digits each hour in total viewers and the demo compared to last year.
  • State of the Union ranked #2 on Sundays in the both 9am and 12pm hours among both Total Viewers and in the demo. The program also saw double-digit growth in both hours among both demos while MSNBC saw declines in the 9a hour among both total viewers and in the demo.
  • Fareed Zakaria GPS ranked #2 in both total viewers and the demo 25-54 at 10am and 1pm on Sundays.  GPS grew in both demos, both hours; while MSNBC declined in the demo 25-54.
  • Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter ranked #2 this quarter in both total viewers (479k) and among 25-54 (132k) at 11am.  RS increased +28% in total viewers and +23% in the demo vs. last year, while MSNBC was down -8% in the demo.

CNN Original Series registered strong ratings this quarter:

  • The Seventies has averaged 351k among 25-54 and 1.009m in total viewers over its three Thursday 9p-10p premieres in Season 1 to-date (6/11-6/25/15).
    • Across cable news in its time period, ranks #1 in both 25-54 and 18-34, and #2 in total viewers.
    • Attracts the youngest audience across cable news in its time period.
    • Pacing above The Sixties Season 1 average by +18% in 25-54 (298k) and +9% in 18-34 (74k).
    • Up from Live to Most Current viewing by +56% among 25-54 (351k vs. 225k), +45% in total viewers (1,009k vs. 696k), and +53% in 18-34 (81k vs. 53k).
  • Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe averaged 242k among 25-54 and 583k in total viewers over its eight Thursday 9p-10p premieres in Season 2 (4/9-6/4/15).
    • Across cable news in its time period, ranked #2 in the key demo rating 25-54.
    • Beat MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show by +44% in key demo 25-54 (168k) and more than doubled it in 18-34 (75k vs. 27k; +178%).
    • Attracted the youngest audience across cable news in its time period.
    • Up from Live to Live+7 viewing by +67% among 25-54 (242k vs. 145k), +49% in total viewers (583k vs. 391k), and +88% in 18-34 (75k vs. 40k).
  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown averaged 405k among 25-54, 786k in total viewers, and an impressive 156k in the younger 18-34 over its eight Sunday 9p-10p premieres in Season 5 (4/26-6/21/15).
    • Posted its 2nd strongest season performance ever among 25-54 and its best performance ever in 18-34 (tied with Season 1 in Spring 2013).
    • Ranked #1 across cable news in its time period among both 25-54 and 18-34, outperforming the combined delivery of Fox News and MSNBC in both demos.  More than doubled MSNBC in total viewers (786k vs. 341k +130%).
    • Every premiere episode of Parts Unknown in Season 5 also ranked #1 across cable news in its time period among both 25-54 and 18-34.
    • Attracted the youngest audience across cable news in its time period.
    • Up from Live to Most Current viewing by +97% among 25-54 (405k vs. 206k), +60% in total viewers (786k vs. 492k), and +117% in 18-34 (156k vs. 72k).
  • High Profits averaged 208k among 25-54 and 409k in total viewers over its eight Sunday 10p-11p premieres in Season 1 (4/19-6/14/15).
    • Across cable news in its time period, ranked #1 among adults 25-54.
    • Up from Live to Live+7 viewing by +50% among 25-54 (208k vs. 139k), +33% in total viewers + (409k vs. 308k), and +87% in 18-34 (84k vs. 45k).

 

CNN Films this quarter:

The premiere of CNN Films Presents: Glen Campbell…I’ll be Me was the most watched CNN film delivering 2.76m total viewers and 510k in the demo 25-54 on Sun 6/28/15, 9-10:45p.

  • Was the highest-rated CNN film in both 25-54 and total viewers, and the 2nd highest-rated among 18-34 (after CNN Films: Blackfish).
  • Won its time period across 25-54, total viewers, and 18-34 - delivering more than twice to nearly six times the audience of both MSNBC and Fox News, respectively, in each demo.

End of month, June 2015:

  • CNN is the only network to grow across Total Day, M-Su and M-F primetime vs. a year ago among both the demo 25-54 and total viewers.
  • Ranked a solid #2 in June, topping MSNBC in Total Day, M-Su primetime and dayside in both total viewers and demo 25-54 rating.
  • CNN’s New Day grew +28% in total viewers and +30% in the demo – topping MSNBC’s Morning Joe for a full year in the demo 25-54 (100k vs. 82k).
  • CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin ranked #1 at 2:00pm in the demo with 151k, Fox News followed with 149k and MSNBC had 38k.
  • CNN outperformed MSNBC at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm among adults 25-54 for the 11th straight month.
  • #1 in Total Day and weekend primetime in the demo rating.

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
June 30th, 2015
01:24 PM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 29 & 30

Open Court 

Elena Baltacha Wimbledon 2013 Credit: Dennis Grombkowski / Getty

Elena Baltacha Wimbledon 2013 (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski / Getty)

Thursday 16 July at 1030 BST / 1130 CET and 1730 BST / 1830 CET

Saturday 18 July at 0730 BST / 0830 CET and 2230 BST / 2330 CET

Sunday 19 July at 1730 BST / 1830 CET

Saturday 25 July at 1730 BST / 1830 CET

Sunday 26 July at 0730 BST / 0830 CET and 2230 BST / 2330 CET

Duration: 30 minutes

July’s ‘Open Court,’ is a Wimbledon special with host Pat Cash reflecting on how the most prestigious grass court tournament played out. A former Wimbledon champion himself, Cash will look at who took home this year’s trophies and explore the prestige that comes with the tournament win.

Also, the programme will remember Elena Baltacha (pictured). The former British Number One died last year from liver cancer at the age of 30, but her legacy is burning bright. ‘Open Court’ travels to the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis, an organisation that provides high quality programmes for both young girls and boys. The organisation was set up by Baltacha to give those less fortunate the opportunity to play tennis. Baltacha’s widower Nino Severino, talks to CNN about Elena’s legacy.  FULL POST


Topics: CNN
June 29th, 2015
07:49 PM ET

Premiere of GLEN CAMPBELL…I’ll Be Me is Most Watched CNN Films Broadcast in History of Franchise – in Total Viewers, 25 to 54 Demo

The Rhinestone Cowboy reaches #1 in demo and total viewers during first broadcasts; Encores Saturday, July 4 at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S.

Among the now 20 films within the CNN Films franchise, Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me was the highest-rated in both adults 25 to 54 and total viewers, and the second highest-rated among adults 18 to 34 (after CNN Films Blackfish).

Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me easily won first place in cable news for its time period on Sunday night for all three demos. The broadcast had 2.76M total viewers and 510k viewers aged 25 to 54 for its 9:00pm to 10:45pm premiere. These ratings beat the cable news competition: MSNBC placed third with 463k total viewers and 251k viewers aged 25 to 54, while Fox News straggled in at fourth with 139k viewers aged 25 to 54, and second place with 593k among total viewers.

With 125k viewers aged 18 to 34, CNN also won the evening’s cable news competition in its time period. This figure easily topped MSNBC, which had 48k viewers 18 to 34 years old, and Fox News, with 33k viewers aged 18 to 34.

The encore broadcast at 10:45pm delivered big numbers as well, CNN came in first place among total viewers and viewers 25 to 54, with 1.26M and 268k respectively. Fox News placed second among total viewers with 482k and last for the demo with 89k. MSNBC was last among total viewers with 403k and second among viewers 25 to 54 with 219k.

Glen Campbell’s extraordinary life, musical legacy, and brave battle against Alzheimer’s disease are the focus of the film, which was sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company, and presented back-to-back on CNN/U.S. with limited commercial interruptions. The award-winning film was directed by James Keach and produced by Trevor Albert and James Keach. Sister network, HLN, will encore Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me on Friday, July 3, at 9:00pm Eastern. The film will encore on CNN/U.S. on Saturday, July 4 at 9:00pm Eastern.

In observance of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, CNN/U.S. will encore the beautiful and inspirational film later this year during the month of November. In between the broadcasts, online users can learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and Campbell’s life and career, by visiting www.cnn.com/glencampbell, www.cnn.com/impact, and www.glencampbellmovie.com.

About CNN Films Presents

CNN Films Presents is a curated series of feature documentary films acquired for CNN following film festival and theatrical presentation. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide, and Courtney Sexton, senior director of program development, oversee the strategy for documentaries for CNN Films and CNN Films Presents.  For more information about CNN Films and CNN Films Presents, please visit www.cnn.com/CNNFilms and follow @CNNFilms via Twitter.

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TWC's Sam Champion & Husband Rubem Robierb Talk Supreme Court Same-Sex Ruling with Smerconish
June 28th, 2015
06:33 PM ET

TWC's Sam Champion & Husband Rubem Robierb Talk Supreme Court Same-Sex Ruling with Smerconish

Please Credit Reference & Usage: “CNN’s Michael Smerconish”
The Weather Channel’s Sam Champion and his husband, Rubem Robierb, talk to Michael Smerconish about the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage and his struggle to come out as gay. 
FULL TRANSCRIPT BELOW.

FULL POST


Topics: CNN
June 28th, 2015
06:20 PM ET

Former NJ Gov. Jim McGreevey Talks Same-Sex Marriage Ruling with CNN's Smerconish

Please Credit Reference & Usage: “CNN’s Michael Smerconish”

Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey talks to Michael Smerconish about the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on same-sex marriage and personal impact that it has and could have had on his life.

FULL TRANSCRIPT BELOW

Smerconish airs Saturdays at 9amET and replays at 6pmET

FULL POST


Topics: CNN
June 28th, 2015
01:58 PM ET

Reliable Sources: Sam Champion and Rubem Robierb discuss their personal journey of being gay, married and a part of the media

 

Today on CNN’s Reliable Sources, The Weather Channel managing editor and anchor, Sam Champion and his husband and fine-arts photographer, Rubem Robierb, joined senior media correspondent Brian Stelter to discuss their personal journey of being gay, married and a part of the media.

Reliable Sources airs Sundays, 11 a.m. to noon (ET).

Text highlights and a full transcript from the show are available below.

FULL POST


Topics: Brian Stelter • CNN • Reliable Sources
June 28th, 2015
01:02 PM ET

Michael Oren on GPS: "I'm telling you this [Iran nuclear deal] is a very bad deal that endangers our future security and survival”

The following transcript is of an interview with Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States and Martin Indyk, former Special Envoy to Israel-Palestine. They discussed the damaged relationship between Israel and the U.S. and how the Iran nuclear negotiations make improving that relationship complicated. They also debated the success of Martin Indyk’s tenure as Special Envoy. Included is a web extra in response to the Atlantic’s, Peter Beinart, on President Obama’s criticism of Israel.

FULL POST


Topics: CNN • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS
June 28th, 2015
11:14 AM ET

Donald Trump on CNN's State of the Union: "I'm in it to win it... I will make our country great again"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Real Estate Magnate and GOP 2016 Presidential candidate, Donald Trump joined chief Washington correspondent and anchor, Jake Tapper.

Text & video highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”

FULL POST


Topics: CNN • Jake Tapper • State of the Union
June 26th, 2015
11:19 AM ET

S.E Cupp: "It's time for the party politics to shift"

S.E Cupp, CNN Political Commentator, shares her reaction on same sex marriage stating, "I deeply love my party, it really has to reconcile with the fact that we are going to become relics if we don’t get to where these people are, they are patriots, they aren’t asking for a lot."


Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • S.E. Cupp
Video: Spotify board member Sean Parker talks Taylor Swift and Apple clash with Poppy Harlow
June 25th, 2015
04:44 PM ET

Video: Spotify board member Sean Parker talks Taylor Swift and Apple clash with Poppy Harlow

In an interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow, Napster co-founder and Spotify board member Sean Parker talks about the recent Taylor Swift and Apple ‘clash.’

“Taylor is a bit of an anomaly in the music industry in the sense that she is still able to sell a lot of downloads. She’s still able to sell – in some parts of the country – CDs. She has a huge fan base, and she sort of defies gravity in the sense that very few artists have that kind of built-in fan base and will continue to buy their albums.”

When Harlow asked about Swift being on Spotify, Parker states:

“The interesting thing in looking at the numbers, there was no evidence in looking at the data, of a change in consumption or usage, when Taylor left the platform.  So even if you take out one, major, contemporary artist, it really doesn’t affect the overall usage.”

Harlow and Parker also discuss the future of music and subscription services.

“This is an industry that is going through an incredibly agonizing and long transition. It’s pretty clear at this point, that the subscription model has won and we see that now with Apple music.”


Topics: CNN
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