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 a 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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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.
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
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.
New Edition of “Prime Cuts” Offers Favorite Highlights From Season Four and a Taste of Season Five
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
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.
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
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.
All Access at Augusta: A CNN-Bleacher Report Special airs Saturday, April 11th at 2:30pmET
Includes Interviews with Bubba Watson, Arnold Palmer, Ben Crenshaw and Carl Jackson
From Augusta National, home of the Masters, CNN Sports Anchor Rachel Nichols brings viewers inside this cathedral of golf from one of the sport’s most exclusive courses.
At the site of the 79th Masters Tournament, Nichols sits down with golf legend Arnold Palmer and 2014 Masters champion Bubba Watson, and we hear from Masters champion Ben Crenshaw and his caddie Carl Jackson - who holds the record for the most appearances of a caddy at this tournament.
Shane O’Donoghue, host of Living Golf on CNN, will join Nichols, providing commentary and analysis.
All Access at Augusta: A CNN-Bleacher Report Special airs Saturday, April 11th at 2:30pmET on CNN.
Click on the links below for a s sneak peek of Rachel's sit-downs with Bubba Watson and Arnold Palmer: