June 7th, 2015
01:57 PM ET

Fmr Gov Chafee on CNN's State of the Union: "...The war in Iraq is costing us $6 trillion...The tax cut was $1.6 trillion...what this war is costing us has just dwarfed all the other spending...I want to redirect those resources..."

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Democratic presidential candidate, former Governor Lincoln Chafee (I-RI), joined chief Congressional correspondent, Dana Bash for an exclusive interview to discuss why America should ‘wage peace,’ how he would repair relations between America and Russia, and where he feels our resources should be utilized.

 

Text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

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Topics: CNN • Dana Bash • State of the Union
June 7th, 2015
12:27 PM ET

Sen Graham on CNN's State of the Union: "...if you think we can protect America without some troops having to go back overseas and fight for a very long time - ...then I’m not your guy."

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, GOP presidential candidate, Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC), joined chief Congressional correspondent, Dana Bash to discuss his thoughts on sending troops overseas, China, Russia and potential cyber warfare, climate change and Caitlyn Jenner.

 

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

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Topics: CNN • Dana Bash • State of the Union
June 6th, 2015
11:49 AM ET

On Smerconish: Ron Paul Discusses Rand Paul's White House Bid

Ron Paul, former Republican congressman and three-time presidential candidate, joins CNN host Michael Smerconish to discuss his son Rand Paul's bid for the White House. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
June 4th, 2015
05:23 PM ET

Santorum Tries to Navigate Crowded GOP Field

CNN's Jake Tapper interviews GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum on his strategy for defeating ISIS.


Topics: CNN
LeBron James Sits Down with CNN's Rachel Nichols
June 4th, 2015
01:05 PM ET

LeBron James Sits Down with CNN's Rachel Nichols

CNN sports anchor Rachel Nichols sits down with LeBron James, and the two discuss everything from his family life in Cleveland and what it means to be in the playoffs to maintaining his body with cryotherapy and his upcoming Hollywood debut.

James also talks about how he is handling the “older brother role” he has grown into since rejoining the Cavaliers. Both James and the Cavaliers are preparing for the 2015 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

“You know, in Miami, it was myself and D. Wade.  We shared that leadership. And I knew coming here that I would have to be the sole leader. I knew one thing that I knew I had to work on - and I'm always working on every day– is my patience… So I almost had to go back to having my first child, and understanding, ‘Okay, this is a kid.  And they have to learn.  And you have to be patient with them.  And then at some point, they'll start to get it.’"

The full interview airs on All Access at the NBA Finals: A CNN Bleacher Report Special this Saturday, June 6th at 2:30pmET on CNN.

During the 30-minute special, viewers will hear from Cavaliers head coach David Blatt and Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, and get an in-depth look at Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. Grant Hill and Steve Smith join Nichols as co-hosts to give a behind-the-scenes look at the games, personalities and celebration that extends beyond the court.

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Topics: CNN
CNN International to explore the modern Silk Road
The Silk Road: Past, Present, Future
June 4th, 2015
07:04 AM ET

CNN International to explore the modern Silk Road

  • New monthly series to look at past, present and future of iconic trading route from China to Italy
  • Launches Thursday 18 June at 0930 BST / 1030 CET

CNN is embarking on a major new series spanning the length and breadth of the world’s most important and historic trade route – The Silk Road.

‘The Silk Road: Past, Present, Future’ will uncover how the cultural traditions and commercial trading synonymous with this iconic route between East and West are playing into the innovations and developments of today.

Each month, CNN International correspondent Sumnima Udas will visit a different country along The Silk Road uncovering remarkable stories of innovation, culture and business. The format of the 30-minute show will combine the modern world with intelligent historical context that brings the region alive with colour, culture and a history of doing business.

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Topics: CNN
June 3rd, 2015
11:29 AM ET

CNN Original Series’ Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, Morgan Spurlock Inside Man, & The Sixties Receive Top Honors at Realscreen Awards

CNNOS_logo_vert_CMYK_OBThree of CNN’s Original Series were honored with five top accolades at the Realscreen West 2015 awards in Los Angeles on June 2, and included a special honor for “Parts Unknown” host Anthony Bourdain who was inducted into Realscreen’s Hall of Fame.

 CNN’s top rated series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, which is produced by Zero Point Zero Production and completes its fifth season on the network June 21 with a tour of Beirut, was presented with three honors.  The series scored top “Non-Fiction – Arts and Culture Program,” while the host was named “Hall of Fame –Personality of the Year,” and won in the category “ Outstanding Achievement – Host/Presenter Most Compelling Character.”

 The popular CNN Original Series Morgan Spurlock Inside Man, produced by Warrior Poets, which begins season four on CNN in 2016, was honored as the top ”Non-Fiction – Social Issues and Current Affairs Program.”

CNN’s Original Series, the critically-acclaimed, The Sixties, executive produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and Mark Herzog, won in the “Non Fiction-Archive based Program” category. The follow-up eight episode series The Seventies premieres on June 11. 

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CNN POSTS BIG GAINS IN MAY VS. LAST YEAR
June 2nd, 2015
02:15 PM ET

CNN POSTS BIG GAINS IN MAY VS. LAST YEAR

NETWORK HAS BIGGEST INCREASE AMONG TOP 35 CABLE NETS

CNN Remains Firmly Ahead of MSNBC in all Categories; Has Largest Primetime Demo Advantage Over MSNBC in Years 

New Day tops MSNBC’s Morning Joe; Erin Burnett Outfront & CNN Tonight Post Triple-Digit Growth 

CNN Original Series Momentum Continues 

CNN had big ratings gains in May with all dayparts (Total Day, M-Su/M-F primetime, daytime) up significantly from year-ago levels, posting the largest growth in cable news.  In Total Day, CNN saw the biggest increase in the demo 25-54 among the Top 35 cable networks.  CNN also ranked a solid #2 in cable news this month in all categories, registering impressive growth especially during M-F primetime  (Erin Burnett Outfront up +101%, AC 360 up +61%, CNN programming at 9pm up +78% and CNN Tonight up +107% – the most growth in primetime cable news).  MSNBC continued to lose viewers, decreasing double-digits among the demo 25-54 in all key dayparts. It registered its lowest Total Day and M-F primetime total viewer delivery since December 2007, and lowest M-Su primetime total viewer performance since June 2007.

As CNN remains firmly ahead of MSNBC, the network topped MSNBC for the 11th straight month in Total Day in both total viewers and the demo, and in M-Su/M-F primetime among 25-54, the longest streak across these dayparts and demos in over seven years (since Feb 2008).   CNN also registered its largest 25-54 advantage over MSNBC in primetime in over seven years (since Feb 2008).

 

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CNN Program Highlights: 

  • CNN’s New Day (6-9am) beat Morning Joe in the key demo (120k vs. 77k) this month.  New Day has now topped Joe for the 11th straight month among 25-54, the longest streak since the program’s debut in June 2013.  The CNN program also saw the most growth in cable news in the morning, increasing +23% in total viewers and +50% in the demo 25-54 vs. a year ago, while MSNBC lost -21% of its audience in the key demo.  Morning Joe has now ranked 4th in the demo 25-54 for 11 straight months, posting its 2nd lowest delivery in over seven years (since Oct 2007).
  • The Lead with Jake Tapper (4pm) ranked #2 in cable news at 4pm, easily topping MSNBC in both total viewers (543k vs. MSNBC’s 307k) and the demo 25-54 (150k vs. 49k).  The Lead was also up +53% in total viewers and +79% in the demo in May, while MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner lost -12% of its audience among total viewers and was down -33% in the demo.
  • The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer (5-7pm) ranked #2 in cable news in total viewers (584k vs. MSNBC’s 470k) and in the demo 25-54 (184k vs. 67k). The Situation Room was up +41% in total viewers and +64% in the demo vs. a year ago, while MSNBC was down -12%/-46%.
  • Erin Burnett Outfront (7pm) continued to beat MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews in the demo this month (209k vs. 115k).  EBOF also had significant audience growth compared to a year ago, increasing +71% in total viewers and by triple-digits in the key demo 25-54 rating (+101%).  Hardball was down in both total viewers (-14%) and the demo (-18%).
  • Anderson Cooper 360 (8pm) ranked #2 in cable news, easily topping MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes in both total viewers (677k vs. 500k) and the demo 25-54 rating (235k vs. 107k).  AC 360 increased +48% in total viewers and +61% vs. a year ago; while MSNBC declined -12%/-16% respectively.  All In, which debuted in April 2013, is seeing its second lowest monthly total viewer and demo 25-54 delivery on record.
  • CNN programming at 9pm ranked #2 in the demo rating (224k) this month, with MSNBC’s flagship primetime program The Rachel Maddow Show ranking #3 (145k). Maddow, which launched in September 2008, is registering its third lowest monthly 25-54 delivery and its second lowest total viewer performance on record.
  • CNN Tonight with Don Lemon posted triple-digit growth in the demo (+107%) this month, the most growth in primetime cable news, and double-digit growth among total viewers (+86%). In May, CNN topped MSNBC at 10pm in total viewers (639k vs. 437k) and in the demo (253k vs. 121k).
  • Smerconish grew vs. a year ago and topped MSNBC in total viewers and the demo at both 9am and 6pm on Saturdays.
  • CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow ranked #1 on Saturdays during the 3-5pm hours in the demo 25-54. The show was also up each hour in total viewers and the demo compared to last year.
  • Fareed Zakaria GPS grew vs. last year, ranking #2 ahead of MSNBC in both total viewers and the demo 25-54 at 10am and 1pm on Sundays.
  • Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter had the most growth in cable news at 11am on Sunday mornings, increasing +38% in total viewers and +53% in the demo 25-54.  RS ranked #2 this month, with a +87% advantage over MSNBC in total viewers (486k vs. 260k) and a +125% lead among 25-54 (135k vs. 60k).  MSNBC was down at 11am -6%/-30% respectively.  

CNN Original Series Highlights: 

  • Season 2 to-date, Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe ranks #2 in the demo 25-54 across cable news in its time period, beating MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show by +45%.  SGDI attracts the youngest audience across cable news in its time period.  The program increased from live to most current (includes live+3 or live+7) by +62% among 25-54 (240k vs. 148k) and +45% in total viewers (577k vs. 397k).
  • Season 5 to-date, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown ranks #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.  Every premiere episode to-date of Parts Unknown in Season 5 has also ranked #1 across cable news in its time period among both 25-54 and 18-34.  The program increased from live to most current (includes live+3 or live+7) by +90% among 25-54 (399k vs. 210k), +58% in total viewers (771k vs. 489k) and +128% among 18-34 (153k vs. 67k).
  • Season 1 to-date, High Profits ranks #1 across cable news in its time period among both 25-54 and 18-34, delivering the combined performance of Fox News and MSNBC in the younger demo.  HP ranks #2 in total viewers.  The program increased from live to most current (includes live+3 or live+7) by +41% among 25-54 (224k vs. 159k) and +27% in total viewers (435k vs. 342k).

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

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Topics: CNN
CNN International Programme Information Weeks 25 & 26
The Wimbledon Championships: Credit: David M. Benett / Getty
June 2nd, 2015
11:56 AM ET

CNN International Programme Information Weeks 25 & 26

Open Court

Goran Ivanisevic and Pat Cash - Credit: David M. Benett / Getty

Goran Ivanisevic and Pat Cash – Credit: David M. Benett / Getty

Thursday 18 June at 1030 BST / 1130 CET and 1730 BST / 1830 CET

Saturday 20 June at 0730 BST / 0830 CET and 2230 BST / 2330 CET

Sunday 21 June at 1730 BST / 1830 CET

Saturday 27 June at 1730 BST / 1830 CET

Sunday 28 June at 0730 BST / 0830 CET and 2230 BST / 2330 CET

Duration: 30 minutes

This month’s ‘Open Court’ takes a look at the grass court season, with a preview of the most prestigious Grand Slam tournament in the world, the Wimbledon Championships.

Host Pat Cash reports from Wimbledon, due to start a week later this year, giving the best players in the tennis world an extra week to find their feet on the grass surface. As anticipation builds, ‘Open Court’ showcases the Women’s defending champion and Czech star, Petra Kvitová who is chasing her third Wimbledon title in five years. The show also meets one of the local estate agents charged with finding temporary homes in Wimbledon Village for some of the biggest names in the game.

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Topics: CNN
May 31st, 2015
05:06 PM ET

Glenn Greenwald on Reliable Sources: "The whole world has changed when it comes to this debate [on the Patriot Act] as a result of the revelations from Edward Snowden"

Today on CNN’s Reliable Sources, Glenn Greenwald, co-founding Editor of The Intercept, joined senior media correspondent Brian Stelter to discuss Edward Snowden’s feelings on the Patriot Act debate and the role journalists play in providing anonymity to certain sources.

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

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Topics: Brian Stelter • CNN • Reliable Sources
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