CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Hosts ‘Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World’ for Monday, May 04
April 24th, 2015
10:06 AM ET

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Hosts ‘Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World’ for Monday, May 04

Special Premieres on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 9:00pm Eastern

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria explores the origins of the terror group known as Islamic State or ‘ISIS’ for a rare inside look into the heart of darkness, and an examination of how and when the U.S. came to know about ISIS.  The one-hour special, Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World, will premiere Monday, May 04 at 9:00pm and 12:00am Eastern on CNN/U.S..  Blindsided will air on Monday, May 04 at 9:00pm and on Tuesday, May 05 at 7:00am and 5:00pm Eastern on CNN International.

Despite the terrible beheadings of journalists, German journalist Jurgen Todenhofer crossed the border into Mosul, Iraq, in 2014.  In rare footage, Todenhofer shows what life is like in ISIS-held territory.  ISIS governance is both frightening and mundane – including ISIS-issued license plates, parking tickets, and other trappings of everyday life.

Among the most astonishing things we learn: the ISIS objective of luring the West into a grand battle.  The terror group wants its unique vision of a caliphate – and American boots on the ground in combat.

Deputy National Security Advisor for strategic communication Ben Rhodes; a former Islamist who founded a British counter-extremism think tank and is now running for the U.K. Parliament, Maajid Nawaz; former director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. General Michael Flynn; Middle East expert and London School of Economics professor of international relations Fawaz Gerges; former FBI agent Ali Soufan; and others discuss how ISIS grew to become a transnational terror organization, how it recruits followers, what is being done to try to stop it – and what does and doesn’t seem to be working.  Zakaria’s analysis will give viewers a sense of the direct threat ISIS presents for U.S. national security and the U.S. homeland.

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CNN’S DR. SANJAY GUPTA REPORTS – WEED 3: THE MARIJUANA REVOLUTION AND CNN’S NEW ORIGINAL SERIES HIGH PROFITS  DEBUT TO STRONG RATINGS LAST NIGHT
April 20th, 2015
03:21 PM ET

CNN’S DR. SANJAY GUPTA REPORTS – WEED 3: THE MARIJUANA REVOLUTION AND CNN’S NEW ORIGINAL SERIES HIGH PROFITS DEBUT TO STRONG RATINGS LAST NIGHT

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Both Programs Rank #1 in Cable News in Demo 25-54 and 18-34 Rating

Weed 3 Outperforms the Combined Delivery of Fox News and MSNBC among Adults 25-54 

High Profits Posts +1367% Advantage over Fox News and +94% Lead over MSNBC among Younger Viewers 18-34 

According to Nielsen Fast National Data, the premiere of CNN’s Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution reported by Dr. Sanjay Gupta and the new CNN Original Series High Profits both debuted as the #1 programs in cable news in their time periods last night among the demo 25-54 and 18-34 ratings.

At 9pm, Weed 3 averaged 299k in the demo 25-54 rating, outperforming the combined delivery of Fox News and MSNBC.  It easily topped Fox News’ 188k by +59% and MSNBC’s 98k by +205%.  Among younger viewers (18-34), CNN averaged 80k, MSNBC posted 63k and Fox News trailed way behind with 28k.  Compared to the prior four Sundays, CNN was up the most in cable news in the hour among adults 25-54 - increasing +32%, while Fox grew +29% and MSNBC was down -41%.

At 10pm, the first episode of CNN’s new eight part docu-series High Profits, about a business-minded couple with CDCj_HmXIAEsR3m.jpg-largea plan to franchise marijuana, also debuted at #1 across cable news last night.  Among adults 25-54, High Profits averaged 284k, +39% more than Fox News’ 205k and +147% higher than MSNBC’s 115k.

Among younger viewers (18-34), CNN’s Original Series High Profits outperformed the combined delivery of Fox News and MSNBC.  It posted 132k, a whopping +1367% advantage over Fox News’ 9k and a +94% lead over MSNBC’s 68k. Compared to the prior four Sundays, High Profits was up +64% among adults 25-54, the most growth in cable news in the time period.  Of the 18 CNN Original Series season premieres to-date, High Profits was the 2nd highest-rated in P18-34 (after the Somebody’s Gotta Do It Season 1 premiere).

High Profits continues next Sunday at 10 pm/ET on CNN.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Live+SD data.  Fast National data for 4/19/15 is time period based, while historical data is program based.

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Topics: CNN
April 20th, 2015
11:42 AM ET

CNN Honored with Two Peabody Awards

IMG_0742CNN has been honored with two prestigious Peabody Awards. The judges commended CNN’s Coverage of the Kidnapped Nigerian School Girls and CNN Investigative Reports: Crisis at the VA.

The judges' citations of CNN's reporting:
CNN’s Coverage of Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls
CNN approached the Boko Haram kidnapping horror from many angles, even moving Isha Sesay’s daily show to Abuja to raise the profile of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Sesay’s tough, live-TV interviewing, along with high-risk field reporting of Nima Elbagir, Arwa Damon and other CNN journalists, made the network’s coverage comprehensive and indispensable.

CNN Investigative Reports: Crisis at the VA High-impact journalism, CNN’s investigation into delays in care at Veteran Affairs hospitals exposed a systemic VA breakdown, eventually leading to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, the passage of federal legislation, and a dramatic change in how veterans’ medical appointments are made, recorded and reported.

 


Topics: Arwa Damon • Awards • CNN • CNN International • Drew Griffin • Isha Sesay • Nima Elbagir
CNN to broadcast special interactive UK Election debate
April 20th, 2015
11:37 AM ET

CNN to broadcast special interactive UK Election debate

  • Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem, UKIP and SNP representatives to take part
  • Christiane Amanpour and Max Foster to host at McLaren Thought Leadership Centre

London 20 April 2015.  CNN International is to broadcast a special interactive debate ahead of the UK election, to be broadcast on Friday 24 April at 7pm BST.  Conservative peer Baroness Neville Jones, Labour’s Chris Bryant, Liberal Democrat peer Lord Steel, UKIP’s Louise Bours, and the SNP’s Humza Yousaf will be quizzed by CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour and UK Correspondent Max Foster. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 19 & 20
CNN to air through-the-night coverage of UK General Election
April 20th, 2015
06:38 AM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 19 & 20

UK General Election

CNN to air through-the-night coverage of UK General Election

Thursday 7 May

CNN’s through-the-night coverage of the General Election will be anchored on location by Hala Gorani and Max Foster across the Thames from the Palace of Westminster, capturing all the drama of the closest election for generations.

Expert analysis will be provided by Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour and guests outside the Houses of Parliament.

Richard Quest will be live on one of London’s famous open-top double-decker buses as it travels around key election locations in the Capital, picking up an eclectic and entertaining mix of guests en route.

Nina dos Santos will be at the big screen in the CNN London studio to crunch the numbers and see which party leader is heading to 10 Downing Street.

Correspondent Phil Black will be live in Edinburgh for what the polls suggest will be a momentous night for the Scottish National Party.

FULL POST


Topics: CNN
April 19th, 2015
01:24 PM ET

Webb: “looking hard” at White House run

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Jim Sciutto spoke to former Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) in an exclusive interview covering his potential presidential bid and his views on the Iran deal.

FULL POST


Topics: CNN • Iran • Jim Sciutto • State of the Union
April 15th, 2015
10:45 AM ET

Season 5 of “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” Premieres Sun, April 26 With a Look at Korea (In Reverse)

New Edition of “Prime Cuts” Offers Favorite Highlights From Season Four and a Taste of Season Five 

ABPU_S5_Korea[1]  Season five of the top-rated Emmy and Peabody award-winning CNN Original  Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown begins on Sunday, April 26 at 9pm  ET/PT with twist – a tour of the forward-looking culture of South Korea with  each scene presented in reverse order.

The eight-episode season also features trips to Miami, Scotland, Madagascar,  New Jersey, Budapest, Hawaii and Beirut.

Airing just prior to the season premiere will be the latest edition of “Prime Cuts”  at 8pm ET/PT that offers a look back at season four and a taste of things to come  in the next eight episodes.

 Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown follows the world-renowned chef and  bestselling author as he travels the globe to uncover the little-known, off-the-road, and seemingly-familiar areas of the world in a celebration of their diverse foods and culture. FULL POST

April 13th, 2015
02:21 PM ET

CNN TO AIR SPECIAL REPORT ON 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF GULF OIL SPILL

Blowout: The Gulf Oil Disaster airs Tuesday at 9pET/PT

Five years after the worst oil spill in U.S. history, CNN’s Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin returns to the Gulf of Mexico to explore the impact of the Deepwater Horizon spill on the people, the economy and the environment of the Gulf Coast.

Here, Griffin catches up with people for whom the spill is not a distant memory, including families of the men who died while on the Deepwater Horizon rig, the communities who are still struggling in the aftermath, and the businesses still uncertain about their futures. Environmentalist and ocean conservationist Philippe Cousteau will also join Griffin in the Gulf, and dive in the same waters he dove into five years earlier.

During the one-hour CNN Special Report, viewers will also hear directly from BP about their efforts to clean up the Gulf of Mexico.

Blowout: The Gulf Oil Disaster airs Tuesday, April 14th at 9pET/PT on CNN.

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Topics: CNN
CNN MULTICHOICE AFRICAN JOURNALIST AWARDS 2015
April 13th, 2015
06:27 AM ET

CNN MULTICHOICE AFRICAN JOURNALIST AWARDS 2015

  • LAUNCH CELEBRATES TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF AWARDS

CNN International and MultiChoice this week officially launched the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 Awards.

The competition for African nationals based on the continent welcomes entries from journalists creating content targeting an African audience.

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the African Journalist Awards.

Tony Maddox, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of CNN International, said: “It’s with immense pride that we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards. Twenty years of encouraging excellence in journalism across the continent has made these the very best awards honouring the journalistic profession in Africa. I’ve witnessed first-hand the tremendous growth in stature and prestige of the competition, and 2015 promises to deliver another year of outstanding work.” FULL POST


Topics: CNN
CNN ORIGINAL SERIES MIKE ROWE’S SOMEBODY’S GOTTA DO IT HAS STRONG RATINGS DEBUT LAST NIGHT
April 10th, 2015
03:08 PM ET

CNN ORIGINAL SERIES MIKE ROWE’S SOMEBODY’S GOTTA DO IT HAS STRONG RATINGS DEBUT LAST NIGHT

SGDI is Up by Triple-Digits vs. Prior Four Thursdays and is the Only Cable News Program to Grow vs. Last Year at 9pm

According to Nielsen Fast National Data, CNN Original Series Mike Rowe’s Somebody’s Gotta Do It season 2 premiere had a strong ratings performance last night at 9pm, delivering 316k among adult 25-54 viewers.  CNN nearly tied Fox news for the top spot in the demo 25-54 rating, registering only 1k behind (316k vs. 317k).  MSNBC trailed CNN by 93% with 164k.

Compared to the prior four Thursdays, CNN was up the most across cable news, increasing by triple digits (+109%) in the key demo (316k vs. 151k),  Fox News was down -28% (317k vs. 442k) and MSNBC was up +30% (164k vs. 126k). And versus a year ago, CNN is the only cable news network to grow at 9pm (excluding HLN) – increasing+84% (316k vs. 172k), Fox News declined -11% (317k vs. 358k) and MSNBC was down -25% (164k vs. 219k).

In overall primetime last night (8-11pm), CNN averaged 253k viewers among 25-54, ahead of MSNBC’s 125k by 102%.  Fox News had 329k.

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