July 29th, 2014
04:39 PM ET

CNN Is #2 in Cable News in July in Both Total Day and Primetime

New Day Tops MSNBC’s Morning Joe In Key Demo 25-54

MSNBC Slips to 4th in Total Day and to 3rd in Prime; Morning Joe is also 4th and Rachel Maddow has Second Worst Month Ever

CNN’s New Original Series The Hunt with John Walsh and The Sixties Continue to Score

For the month of July, 2014

  • CNN ranked #2 in Total Day among total viewers (404k vs. MSNBC’s 319k) and in the key demo 25-54 rating (125k vs. MSNBC’s 92k).
  • CNN ranked #2 in M-Su Primetime among 25-54 (166k vs. MSNBC’s 154k).
  • CNN ranked #2 in M-F Primetime in the key demo 25-54 (168k vs. MSNBC’s 149k).
  • CNN ranked #2 in Dayside (9a-4p), posting a 90% advantage over MSNBC in total viewers (446k vs. 235k) and 120% more in the demo (108k vs 49k). 

This month, MSNBC slipped to 4th place in Total Day (92k) and Dayside (49k) and to third in M-F prime (149k) and M-Su prime (154k) in the key demo 25-54.  MSNBC’s flagship program The Rachel Maddow Show posted its second lowest month ever in the demo rating (181k), the lowest ever was last month (178k).  MSNBC’s dayside performance represents the network’s second lowest monthly delivery since October, 1999.  Fox News ranked #3 this month in Weekend Prime posting 150k in the key demo 25-54.  All the cable news networks were down in total day this month vs. last year due to heightened viewing from the Zimmermann trial verdict among other stories. 

July, 2014 CNN show highlights include:

  • New Day topped 4th place MSNBC’s Morning Joe in the key demo 25-54 (93k vs. MSNBC’s 79k).
  • CNN Newsroom anchored by Carol Costello ranked #2 in both total viewers and the demo 25-54 at 9a/10a.  MSNBC’s Daily Rundown (9a) was 4th in the demo (60k).
  • At this Hour with Michaela and Berman ranked #2 in both total viewers (421k) and the demo (102k).  MSNBC’s News Nation placed 4th in the demo (50k).
  • Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield ranked #2 in both total viewers (481k) and the demo (111k).  MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Report was 4th in the demo (55k).
  • Wolf ranked #2 in both total viewers (459k) and in the demo (112k).  MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow Daily was 4th in the demo (43k).
  • CNN Newsroom anchored by Brooke Baldwin ranked #2 in both total viewers and the demo 25-54 at 2p/3p.  MSNBC’s Reid Report (42k) and The Cycle (46k) placed 4th in the demo.
  • The Lead with Jake Tapper ranked #2 in total viewers (493k) and the demo (112k).  MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner placed 4th in the demo (49k).
  • The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer (5p) ranked #2 in total viewers (535k) and demo 25-54 (125k). MSNBC’s Ed Show placed 3rd in the demo with 71k.
  • CNN programming at 6p (Sit Room/Crossfire) ranked #2 in the demo and had a combined delivery with 133k.  MSNBC’s Politics Nation followed with 99k in the demo.
  • Erin Burnett Outfront ranked #2 in the demo (154k).  MSNBC’s Hardball trailed with 121k.
  • AC 360 ranked #2 in the key demo (170k) easily topping MSNBC’s Chris Hayes (130k).
  • CNN programming at 10p ranked #2 in the demo with 166k, outperforming MSNBC’s (Last Word/Crime Docs) 144k.
  • Smerconish ranked #2 in both total viewers (530k) and the demo (137k).  MSNBC’s Up w/ Kornacki was 4th in the demo (65k).
  • Inside Politics with John King ranked #2 in total viewers (407k) and in the demo 25-54 (120k).
  • State of the Union with Candy Crowley ranked #2 in total viewers and the demo 25-54 at both 9a and noon.
  • Fareed Zakaria GPS (10a) ranked #2 in both total viewers (520k) and key demo rating (141k) and ranked #1 in the demo (147k) at 1p.
  • Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter ranked #2 in both total viewers (405k) and 25-54 (117k). 

CNN Original Series have continued to score this month with strong ratings performances: 

The Hunt with John Walsh (launch to date 7/13/14-7/27/14)

  • CNN’s newest Original Series has delivered strong ratings so far this month.  Over its first three Sunday 9pm premieres, The Hunt is #1 in its time period in both total viewers and the demo 25-54.
  • The program averaged 917k among total viewers and 298k in the key demo easily ahead of Fox News (765k/133k) and MSNBC (340k/174k).
  • The show is up +65% among 25-54 vs. the prior to launch four Sundays and +67% for total viewers in the same time period.

The Sixties (launch to date 5/29/14-7/27/14)

  • Over its seven Thursday 9pm premieres, The Sixties is averaging 291k among 25-54 and 1,073k in total viewers.
  • The program ranks #2 among cable news in the time period in both 25-54 rating and total viewers, topping MSNBC (149k/768k).
  • The Sixties is ranking above the prior-to-launch Thursday time period average by +197% among 25-54 (98k) and +216% in total viewers (340k).

Middle-East/Malaysia Flight 17:

  • Since the Israel-Gaza conflict and the Malaysia Flight 17 story began on Thursday, July 17th, CNN has averaged 168k in total day and 224k in 8p-11p prime among 25-54.
  • CNN has posted the strongest growth in both dayparts of any cable news network versus the prior four weeks, increasing by +70% in total day (99k) and +53% in prime (146k) among 25-54.


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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Meet Rachel Smolkin, New Executive Editor of CNN Politics
July 29th, 2014
09:16 AM ET

Meet Rachel Smolkin, New Executive Editor of CNN Politics

If you're a political news junkie or you hang your hat in our nation's capital, there's a good chance you already know CNN Digital's new Executive Editor of Politics. If not, meet the smart and savvy Rachel Smolkin.

Rachel will take the reins of CNNPolitics.com at the end of August, helping Ed O'Keefe, Meredith Artley, Sam Feist, Andrew Morse and David Chalian to rethink the network's political coverage and re-imagine CNN Politics.

No stranger to the grind, Smolkin joins CNN from POLITICO where she most recently served the sites as managing editor for news. In that position she supervised beat editors and worked closely with the video and events groups. Prior to that she supervised the White House and legal affairs team as an assignment editor for USA Today, and she held the managing editor title for American Journalism Review.

And while we could go on and on about Rachel's bright, shiny resume and career accomplishments, we opted instead for 10 questions with our new pal. So read on and join us in welcoming @RachelSmolkin to @CNN.


Topics: CNN
July 27th, 2014
01:08 PM ET

U.S.: Russia "culpable" for MH17 crash

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes spoke with Crowley about US-Russian relations, the MH17 crash site and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

Topics: CNN
July 24th, 2014
03:57 PM ET

THE SIXTIES: The Space Race debuts tonight on CNN at 9:00pmET and PT

In fewer than 10 years, America rocketed from launching rudimentary satellites to landing a man on the Moon.

Pioneers like Werner Von Braun and heroes like Alan Shepard, John Glenn, and Neil Armstrong, pushed the boundaries of U.S. space exploration to literally unprecedented heights. Throughout the decade, the rivalry between America and the Soviet Union raised the stakes on the competition that went even beyond the “giant leap for mankind” and led to astonishing technological inventions. Astronaut and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Mike Massimino and Dave Scott, along with Tom Wolfe, Andy Chaikin, Walter Isaacson, Douglas Brinkley, and Tom Hanks describe one of the greatest real-life adventure stories of all time.

THE SIXTIES: The Space Race debuts Thursday, July 17 at 9:00pm and encores at 12:00am.  All times Eastern.

During the broadcast, NASA engineer Bobak Ferdowsi will answer viewers' questions about America's space program – past and present – via Facebook.   Viewers can also interact with the series producers via Twitter by following @TheSixtiesCNN and @HerzogCo and using #TheSixtiesCNN.


July 21st, 2014
11:39 AM ET

CNN Coverage: the downing of Malaysia Flight #17 in Ukraine and Gaza-Israel Crisis

Monday, July 21:

CNN's Chris Cuomo sits down with the rebel leader of the self-styled Donetsk People's Republic Alexander Borodai to discuss the downing of MH17.

Sunday, July 20:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to CNN's Wolf Blitzer:  “I support taking whatever action is necessary to stop this insane situation…"

On CNN's State of the Union: Secretary of State John Kerry to CNN's Candy Crowley: "There is no trust with the Russians" 

CNN correspondents on the ground covering Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash in Ukraine and Gaza-Israel crisis from the following locations:


Phil Black – @PhilBlackCNN

Ivan Watson – @IvanCNN

Chris Cuomo – @ChrisCuomo

Nick Paton Walsh – @npwcnn

Kyung Lah – @kyunglahCNN


Moscow, Russia:

Diana Magnay – @dimagnayCNN


Amsterdam, Netherlands:

Erin McLaughlin – @ErinCNN

Saima Mohsin – @SaimaMohsin


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:

Andrew Stevens – @AndrewCNN



Wolf Blitzer – @wolfblitzer

Martin Savidge – @martinsavidge

John Vause – @vauseCNN


Israel at Gaza border:

Atika Shubert – @atikaCNN



Ben Wedeman – @benCNN

Karl Penhaul – @karlpenhaul



Barbara Starr – @barbarastarcnn


State Department:

Elise Labott – @eliselabottcnn


United Nations:

Richard Roth – @RichardRothCNN


July 20th, 2014
03:05 PM ET

"Did NBC punish reporter for bias?"

Brian Stelter talks with CNN International correspondent Jim Clancy about bias in middle east reporting.

Topics: CNN
July 20th, 2014
10:27 AM ET

Secretary of State Kerry to CNN's Candy Crowley: "There is no trust" with the Russians

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Crowley about the downing of MH17 in Ukraine and the ongoing conflict in Israel.



 Kerry on responsibility for downed MH17:“It basically, it’s pretty clear that this is a system that was transferred from Russia in the hands of separatists.  We know with confidence, with confidence, that the Ukrainians did not have such a system anywhere near the vicinity at that point in time, so it obviously points a very clear finger at the separatists, and that’s why President Obama and the international community are demanding a full-fledged investigation, which Russia said they would do.”

Kerry on trusting Russia:  “There’s no doubt, nobody’s trusting.  There is no question of trust with, you know, that would be ridiculous at this point in time to be trusting.  What I’m saying is that this is the moment of truth for Russia and for Mr. Putin, where they need to stop just saying things, and they need to make sure that they happen.  And that is why, precisely why, what you just said, the fact that they’ve been talking and nothing has happened is exactly why only the day before this incident, President Obama put in place tough additional sanctions on banking, on energy, on defense firms, on specific companies as well as additional specific individuals, and we hope that this will be a wakeup call for some countries in Europe that have wanted to sort of stand back and give this more time and worry more about the trade relationship. This is the moment of truth for Russia.  Russia is supporting these separatists.  Russia is arming these separatists.  Russia is training these separatists.  And Russia has not yet done the things necessary in order to try to bring them under control, which everybody believes they have more of an ability to do than they have exercised.”

Full Transcript of the Interview is available after the jump.

Topics: CNN
Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 32 & 33
'The Art of Movement' returns for a new series
July 18th, 2014
10:26 AM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 32 & 33

The Art of Movement

NASA astronauts prepare for zero gravity
NASA astronauts prepare for zero gravity
Thursday 7 August at 0845 BST/ 0945 CET
Friday 8 August at 0545 BST/ 0645 CET
Saturday 9 August at 0730 BST/ 0830 CET and 1630 BST/1730 CET
Sunday 10 August at 1130 BST/ 1230 CET
Duration: 15 minutes

Returning for a new series, ‘The Art of Movement’ goes to the edge of the universe to discover the innovation and technology that has led mankind’s journey into outer space. 45 years ago, dreams became reality when the first man walked on the moon. ‘The Art of Movement’ goes back to that historic day in 1969 with astronaut Buzz Aldrin, member of the Apollo 11 crew and second man on the moon, as he gives the programme a firsthand account of how the moon felt beneath his feet. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
CNN Coverage: Malaysia Airlines: Flight 17 Crash in Ukraine
July 17th, 2014
01:18 PM ET

CNN Coverage: Malaysia Airlines: Flight 17 Crash in Ukraine

A Malaysia Airlines flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has crashed in eastern Ukraine, Russian news agency Interfax reported Thursday. The Ukrainian Interior Minister adviser posted on Facebook: Flight was "shot down" by "terrorists." There were 280 passengers killed as well as 15 crew members.

CNN.com Story: Malaysia 777 crashes in Ukraine


CNN journalists are covering the story from the following locations: 


Phil Black – @PhilBlackCNN

Nic Robertson – @NicRobertsonCNN

Ivan Watson – @IvanCNN

Chris Cuomo – @ChrisCuomo


Amsterdam, Netherlands:

Erin McLaughlin – @ErinCNN

Saima Mohsin – @SaimaMohsin


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:

Kyung Lah – @kyunglahCNN

Andrew Stevens – @AndrewCNN


Moscow, Russia:

Diana Magnay – @dimagnayCNN



Christiane Amanpour – @camanpour

Fareed Zakaria – @FareedZakaria

Jake Tapper – @jaketapper

Barbara Starr – @barbarastarcnn

Rene Marsh – @rene_marshCNN

Michelle Kosinski – @mkosinskicnn

Jim Sciutto – @jimscuitto

Elise Labott – @eliselabottcnn

Brian Todd – @briantoddCNN

Tom Foreman – @tomforemancnn

Jim Acosta – @JimAcostaCNN

Richard Roth – @RichardRothCNN

Dr. Sanjay Gupta – @drsanjaygupta

Laurie Segall – @LaurieSegallCNN

Alison Kosik – @AlisonKosik

Jason Carroll – @jasoncarrollcnn

Deb Feyerick – @DebFeyerickCNN



July 17th, 2014
07:11 AM ET

Jodie Kidd to host ‘CNN Equestrian’ on CNN International

• CNN offers its global audience an event-side seat at the world's premier equestrian events

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CNN today announced that television personality and international fashion model Jodie Kidd is to front a series of special equestrian programmes across its international network.

‘CNN Equestrian’ will see Kidd present all the latest action and showcase the unique skill, athleticism and elegance of horse and rider teams in comprehensive coverage of equestrian events. FULL POST

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