May 3rd, 2016
03:08 PM ET

CNN #1 FOR WEEK, WHCD & ORIGINAL SERIES

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CNN #1 IN CABLE NEWS IN PRIME TIME FOR THIRD STRAIGHT WEEK AMONG ADULTS 25-54

 Ranked #9 in ALL of Cable Among Total Viewers Last Week

 CNN Top-Rated During White House Correspondents’ Dinner Coverage

 CNN Original Series Ranked #1 in Demo on Sunday

Last week (4/25/16-5/1/16), CNN ranked #1 in cable news in M-Su Prime among adults 25-54.  This is only the third time CNN has won three consecutive weeks in the last 15 years.

The last time CNN won three consecutive weeks was at the end of 2015 (weeks of 12/14/15, 12/21/15 and 12/28/15) and the time before that was 2008 (weeks of 1/21/08, 1/28/08 and 2/4/08).  Before 2008, the last time was in 2001 (weeks of 11/12/01, 11/19/01 and 11/26/01).

CNN also ranked #9 in ALL of cable last week in total viewers in prime time (M-F and M-Su).

CNN’s coverage of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner led by John Berman, ranked #1 in both total viewers and among adults 25-54 throughout the evening of Saturday, April 30.

During the 10pm hour on Saturday,  CNN ranked #1 in cable news among both total viewers and adults 25-54.

10p-11p:

CNN:                                               3.0m total viewers           771k among adults 25-54

Fox News:                                          1.2m total viewers                  238k among adults 25-54

MSNBC:                                             945k total viewers                  212k among adults 25-54

 

Full Coverage Blocks:

CNN (7-11:30pm):                        1.9m total viewers            458k among adults 25-54

Fox News (10–11:13pm):                  1.2m total viewers                  231k among adults 25-54

MSNBC (9-11:09pm):                        737k total viewers                  159k among adults 25-54

CNN’s coverage was also up significantly vs. prior years.  Below is a yearly dayparts tracker:

Dayparts Tracker

CNN Original Series premieres ranked #1 among adults 25-54 on Sunday (5/1/16).  Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Chicago) averaged 251k among adults 25-54, MSNBC placed second with 172k and Fox News followed with 169k.  United Shades of America (San Quentin) was also top-rated with the W. Kamau Bell-led program attracting 263k, Fox News had 234k and MSNBC lagged behind with 142k among adults 25-54.

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CNN #1 Again in Prime Time and Throughout Coverage Block
April 27th, 2016
01:46 PM ET

CNN #1 Again in Prime Time and Throughout Coverage Block

Tops Fox News and MSNBC during Super Tuesday 4 in Demo 25-54 and 18-34

15 MILLION VISIT CNN DIGITAL

CNN continues to be the place where Americans watch election returns, with the network ranking #1 among adults 25-54 and 18-34 during last night’s Super Tuesday 4 coverage.  In primetime (8-11pm), CNN was top-rated among adults 25-54 with 929k, a 31% advantage over second place Fox News’ 707k and +139% more than MSNBC’s 388k, according Nielsen Fast National data.   Among younger viewers (18-34), CNN was top-rated by wide margins with 305k, Fox News had 147k and MSNBC trailed with 83k.  In total viewers, CNN had 2.620 million, MSNBC followed with 1.482 million; Fox News had 3.253 million.

During the live coverage block (7pm – 2am) CNN was also #1, averaging 629k to Fox News’ 539k and to MSNBC’s 287k among adults 25-54.   In younger viewers (18–34), CNN outperformed the competition during the block with 190k to Fox News’ 113k and to MSNBC’s 55k.  In total viewers, CNN bested MSNBC (1.748 million vs. MSNBC’s 1.080 million); Fox News had 2.309 million during this time period.

Users flocked to CNN across platforms on Super Tuesday 4, with 15 million unique visitors turning to CNN Digital. The day registered as one of the top ten days across all primaries and caucuses dating back to 2008. CNN Digital also saw 11 million video starts and 87 million page views throughout the day.

Last night’s Super Tuesday 4 primary election night coverage (Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut and Rhode Island) was anchored by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Jake Tapper and Dana Bash.  John King reported throughout the night from the Magic Wall.

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Topics: 2016 Election • Ratings
CNN #1 IN CABLE NEWS IN PRIME TIME; BEATS FOX NEWS FOR 5 OF THE PAST 8 MONTHS
April 26th, 2016
12:58 PM ET

CNN #1 IN CABLE NEWS IN PRIME TIME; BEATS FOX NEWS FOR 5 OF THE PAST 8 MONTHS

CNN Posts Triple Digit Growth in Prime Time; Most in TV

Narrows Gap with Fox News in Total Day to Smallest in Over Seven Years

CNN also #1 on Weekends

CNN ranked #1 in cable news in prime time in April. CNN beat Fox News for the fifth time in the last eight months in M-Su prime time (four of the past eight in M-F prime) among adults 25-54.  The last time CNN had this many prime time wins in an eight-month period versus Fox News was over 14 years ago (Nov. 2001). CNN also handily topped MSNBC this month in all dayparts, with CNN besting MSNBC for the 22nd straight month in Total Day (among both total viewers and among adults 25-54) and in prime time (among 25-54).  In total viewers, CNN has now beaten MSNBC for the fifth straight month (or seven out of eight months) in prime time.  CNN continued to top MSNBC by wide margins during the day (9am-4pm) – posting a +36% advantage in total viewers (630k vs. MSNBC’s 464k) and +58% more among adults 25-54 (161k vs. 102k).

In April, CNN had the most growth of any television network (cable or broadcast) among both total viewers and adults 25-54, increasing triple digits in prime time.  Among ALL cable networks in April, CNN ranked #7 in total viewers in M-F prime time.  In Total Day, CNN was also up vs. last year, increasing +59% in total viewers and +48% among adults 25-54.

Of particular note, CNN has narrowed the gap with Fox News (196k vs. Fox News’ 215k) to its smallest level (-9%) in over seven years (since October, 2008) in Today Day among adults 25-54.  CNN beat Fox News in prime time this month among adults 25-54.

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Even using the less inclusive measurement (Live+SD), CNN beats Fox News to rank #1 across cable news among in both M-Su Prime (372k vs. Fox News’ 344k) and M-F Prime (435k vs. Fox News’ 402k) among adults 25-54 this month. CNN beat Fox News for the fourth of last eight months in M-Su prime among adults 25-54 (April, February 2016 and December, September 2015) in Live+SD.  CNN was behind Fox News by -1k (293k vs. 294k) in October 2015 (Live+SD), but ahead of Fox News (307k vs. 300k) in the more inclusive measurement (Live+7).

CNN April 2016 Program Highlights:

Dayside:

  • CNN dayside (9am-4pm) all ranked #2 in April, with CNN posting a +36% advantage over MSNBC in total viewers (630k vs. MSNBC’s 464k) and +58% more among adults 25-54 (161k vs. 102k).  CNN also grew vs. a year ago, increasing +35% in total viewers and +32% among adults 25-54.

Late Afternoons:

  • The Lead with Jake Tapper (4pm) ranked #2 in cable news, easily topping MSNBC in both total viewers (756k vs. MSNBC’s 477k) and the demo (195k vs. 101k).  The Lead grew an impressive +56% in total viewers and +48% among adults 25-54 from a year ago.
  • The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer (5-7pm) ranked #2 in cable news besting MSNBC in both total viewers (784k vs. MSNBC’s 603k) and in the demo (216k vs. 122k). The Situation Room was up in total viewers (+60%) and among adults 25-54 (+38%) vs. year ago.

Prime time:

  • CNN beat MSNBC during M-F prime time hours at 7pm, 8pm and 10pm in the key demo 25-54 for the 22nd straight month.  The longest streak on record.
  • Erin Burnett Outfront (7pm) narrowed the gap significantly with Fox News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren to just -18k or -7%.  This is the smallest gap between EBOF and On the Record since the Fox News show premiered at 7pm in October 2013. For the month, the Burnett-led program ranked #2 in the demo (252k) easily topping MSNBC’s Hardball’s 196k.  EBOF was up the most in cable news at 7pm in total viewers increasing +66%, and increased by +53% in the demo vs. a year ago.
  • Anderson Cooper 360 ranked #2 in both total viewers (1.005m) and the demo (311k) easily topping MSNBC’s Chris Hayes (890k/215k).  AC 360 was the highest-rated CNN primetime news program.  AC 360 grew an impressive +81% in total viewers and +74% in the demo compared to last year.  CNN has now topped MSNBC in total viewers for the seventh straight month and in the demo for the 22nd consecutive month at 8p.
  • CNN programming at 9pm is registering its second highest M-F delivery among total viewers since March 2011 (after March 2016).  CNN has also topped MSNBC at 9pm among adults 25-54 for four of the last six months.
  • CNN Tonight with Don Lemon ranked #2 in the demo (284k), topping MSNBC (246k).  CNN has now beaten MSNBC at 10pm for the 22nd straight month in the important key demo 25-54.  The Lemon-led program was up a whopping +100% in total viewers and +73% among 25-54 vs. last year.

Weekends:

  • CNN ranks #1 in Total Day and in prime time on weekends (Sa-Su) among adults 25-54.
  • CNN Sunday shows (11am-2pm, 3-7pm) all rank #1 among adults 25-54.
  • CNN Original Series premieres at 9pm rank #1 on Sundays among adults 25-54.

 Saturdays:

  • Smerconish (9am) ranked #2 in total viewers (680k vs. MSNBC’s 359k) and among 25-54 (187k vs. MSNBC’s 88k).  The show was up +48% in both total viewers and adults 25-54 compared to last year.
  • CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield ranked #1 at 12 noon and 1pm among 25-54.  The show grew all hours vs. a year ago.

 Sundays:

  • Inside Politics with John King (8am) ranked #2 in both total viewers (621k) and the demo (182k).  MSNBC ranked 4th in the demo. The program grew +32% in total viewers and +24% in the demo from last year.
  • State of the Union with Jake Tapper ranked #2 on Sundays at 9am and was #1 at noon in the key demo 25-54.  At 9am SOTU averaged 690k in total viewers and grew +50% vs. last year, and registered 206k in the demo (+54%).  At noon, SOTU was up +53% in total viewers (825k) and +45% in the demo (215k) compared to a year ago. The Tapper-led Sunday show has now been #1 at noon for four consecutive months, and five of the past six months.
  • Fareed Zakaria GPS (10am) ranked #2 in total viewers (793k, up +51%) and in the demo 25-54 (194k, up +43%).  At 1pm GPS ranked #1 in the demo 25-54 (184k, up +37%).  The Zakaria-led Sunday show has now been #1 at 1pm for 3 of the past 4 months.
  • Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter (11am) was #1 in cable news at 11am on Sundays topping Fox News’ Media Buzz among adults 25-54 (208k vs. Fox’s 207k).  RS grew significantly vs. a year ago, increasing +60% in total viewers and +52% in the demo 25-54.  RS ranked #2 total viewers (749k).

April Political Events (Live+SD):

  • CNN’s Wisconsin GOP Town Hall and AC 360 New York Trump Family Town Hall and the New York Democratic Primary Debate all ranked #1 in cable news in their respective time periods among total viewers, adults 25-54 and 18-34 in April.
  • CNN was #1 in cable news during April primary election nights (Wisconsin and New York) among 25-54 and 18-34.

 CNN Original Series:

  • Race for the White House Season 1 (3/6-4/10/16): The series premiere and second premiere episodes were the most-watched and 3rd most-watched, respectively, CNN Original Series telecasts to-date (thru 4/24/16) among adults 25-54.  Ranked #1 across cable news in its time period among total viewers, adults 25-54 and 18-34, outperforming the combined delivery of Fox News and MSNBC.
  • The Wonder List with Bill Weir Season 2 to-date (3/20-4/17/16) ranked #1 (tied with Fox News) across cable news in its time period among adults 25-54 and grew above its Season 1 average by +12% in total viewers.
  • The Eighties Season 1 to-date (3/31-4/7/16): The series premiere episode was the 2nd most-watched CNN Original Series telecast to-date (thru 4/24/16) among 25-54.  Across cable news in its time period, ranked #1 among both adults 25-54 and 18-34.
  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Season 7 premiere (4/24/16) ranked #1 across cable news in its time period among both adults 25-54 and 18-34.
  • United Shades of America series premiere (4/24/16) ranked #1 across cable news in its time period among both adults 25-54 and 18-34, outperforming the combined delivery of Fox News and MSNBC in each demo. The W. Kamau Bell-led show was the 5th most-watched CNN Original Series season premiere episode among adults 25-54.

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CNN POLITICS DOMINATES IN MARCH
April 26th, 2016
11:08 AM ET

CNN POLITICS DOMINATES IN MARCH

Celebrates Full Year as #1 Source for Political News

Marking a full year as the Web’s number one source for political news, CNN Politics registered another month of record-breaking numbers in March 2016. Leading all competitors in all categories - multiplatform visitors, mobile unique visitors, video starts, multiplatform views and time spent - CNN Politics left no doubt that it’s the nation’s most trusted source for political news and information.   

CNN Politics: #1 Multiplatform Unique Visitors (Desktop + Mobile)

CNN Politics welcomed across platforms a record 41 million unique visitors in March 2016 — 5 million more than CNN's previous record (Feb. 2016). The network saw 14 million more visitors than HuffPost Politics, and nearly doubled the audience of Politico.

41 mm: CNN Politics

  • 27 mm: HuffPost Politics
  • 21 mm: Politico.com
  • 20 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 19 mm: Yahoo Politics
  • 16 mm: MSNBC TV

comScore Multi-Platform Media Metrix, March 2015 – March 2016. Based on News/Information – Politics Category.

CNN Politics: #1 Mobile Unique Visitors

Yet another record was set in March 2016 when CNN Politics registered 28 million mobile unique visitors — an increase of 327% from the prior year.  

28 mm: CNN Politics

  • 20 mm: HuffPost Politics
  • 14 mm: Politico.com
  • 12 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 11 mm: MSNBC TV
  • 11 mm: Salon.com

comScore Mobile Metrix, March 2015 – March 2016. Based on News/Information – Politics Category.

CNN Politics: #1 in Video Starts

Tripling its two nearest competitors, CNN Politics dominated video in March with a record-breaking 107 million video starts — up 380% over the prior year.   

107 mm: CNN Politics

  • 36 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 34 mm: TYT Network
  • 19 mm: MSNBC TV
  • 14 mm:  Salon.com
  • 12 mm:  Bloomberg.com – Politics

Source: comScore Video Metrix, March 2015 – March 2016. Based on News/Information – Politics Category. Video is desktop only.

CNN Politics: #1 in Multiplatform Views

CNN Politics easily retained its first place position in March 2016 with a record-breaking 394 million views. Up 108 million over February 2016’s record-breaking numbers and 336% over the prior year.  

394 mm: CNN Politics

  • 203 mm: Politico.com
  • 142 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 112 mm: RealClearPolitics.com
  • 106 mm: HuffPost Politics
  • 90 mm: MSNBC TV 

Sources: comScore Multi-Platform, March 2015 – March 2016; Views are browser only and include desktop video. Based on News/Information – Politics Category. 

CNN Politics: #1 in Multiplatform Minutes Spent

Audiences spent a stunning 900 million minutes consuming CNN Politics content across desktop and mobile platforms last month — an increase of 150 million minutes over the prior record from February 2016. That's nearly double the time spent on Fox News Politics and triple that of TYT Network.  

900 mm: CNN Politics

  • 460 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 300 mm: TYT Network
  • 262 mm: MSNBC TV
  • 212 mm: Politico.com
  • 147 mm: HuffPost Politics

Sources: comScore Multi-Platform, March 2015 – March 2016; Based on News/Information – Politics Category.

CNN’S ANTHONY BOURDAIN: PARTS UNKNOWN SEASON PREMIERE AND UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA SERIES DEBUT  RANK #1 IN CABLE NEWS LAST NIGHT
April 25th, 2016
02:26 PM ET

CNN’S ANTHONY BOURDAIN: PARTS UNKNOWN SEASON PREMIERE AND UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA SERIES DEBUT RANK #1 IN CABLE NEWS LAST NIGHT

Last night’s premiere of CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (9-10pm), and the newest series United Shades of America (10-11pm), ranked #1 among adults 25-54 and 18-34 according to Nielsen Fast National data.

The season seven premiere episode of Bourdain’s Manila: The Philippines, attracted 265k, 22% more than Fox News’ 218k and a 253% advantage over MSNBC’s 75k among adults 25-54.  In 18-34, CNN had 66k to Fox News’ 51k to MSNBC’s 29k.  Among total viewers, Parts Unknown topped MSNBC (673k vs. 360k); Fox News had 1.235 million.  In the 8pm hour, an original episode of Prime Cuts (review of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown season six) also placed No. 1 in the demo with 217k.  Fox News followed with 191k and MSNBC lagged with 97k.

United Shades of America, a new eight-part series that follows W. Kamau Bell as he explores communities across the country and uses comedy to start conversations about race and how our differences unite and divide us, got off to a strong start.  In the provocative premiere episode, Bell meets the ‘new’ Ku Klux Klan, ranking #1 last night with 361k, +93% more than Fox News’ 187k and a whopping +668% advantage over MSNBC’s 47k.  In 18-34, United Shades had 119k to Fox News’ 50k to MSNBC’s 22k.  In total viewers, CNN had 855k, Fox News averaged 888k and MSNBC trailed with 292k.  Among all CNN Original Series season premieres, last night’s debut of United Shades ranks 5th among adults 25-54.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown is produced by Zero Point Zero Production with executive producers Chris Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandra Zweig and Anthony Bourdain.  Next Sunday (May 1, 9pm/ET), Bourdain goes to the Windy City, Chicago.

United Shades of America is produced by Objective Media Group America/All3Media America.  Bell, Jimmy Fox, Star Price and Layla Smith serve as executive producers.  In the next episode, Bell goes inside the notorious San Quentin prison to hear the stories of inmates serving life sentences.  It airs on Sunday, May 1 at 10pm, ET.

The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide.  Lizzie Kerner, vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Nationals time-period based data for Sunday 4/24/16.  Program-based historical data.  All data based on Live+SD.

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CNN #1 IN PRIME TIME THROUGHOUT NEW YORK PRIMARY COVERAGE
April 20th, 2016
01:36 PM ET

CNN #1 IN PRIME TIME THROUGHOUT NEW YORK PRIMARY COVERAGE

Tops Fox News and MSNBC in Demo 25-54 and 18-34

15 MILLION TURN TO CNN DIGITAL

CNN was #1 during last night’s New York Primary coverage among adults 25-54 and 18-34 according to Nielsen Fast National data. In prime time (8-11pm), CNN was top rated with 913k, Fox News followed with 600k and MSNBC was last with 499k among adults 25-54.  Among younger viewers (18-34), CNN was #1 by wide margins with 291k, Fox News had 103k and MSNBC lagged with 90k.  In total viewers, CNN had 2.568 million, +50% more than MSNBC’s 1.712 million; Fox News had 3.007 million.

During the live coverage block (7pm-2am) CNN was also #1, averaging 630k to Fox News’ 429k and to MSNBC’s 357k among adults 25-54.  In younger viewers (18–34), CNN outperformed the competition with 186k to Fox News’ 74k and to MSNBC’s 65k.  In total viewers CNN bested MSNBC (1.773 million vs. MSNBC’s 1.239 million); Fox News had 2.023 million during this time period.

Interest in the New York Primary was seen across platforms, with 15 million unique visitors turning to CNN Digital — one of the top ten days across all primaries and caucuses dating back to 2008. CNN Digital also saw 11 million video starts and 91 million page views on New York Primary Day.

Last night, CNN lit up the Empire State Building to announce New York Primary results.  http://cnn.it/1SSfVs7

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Topics: 2016 Election • Ratings
April 15th, 2016
02:42 PM ET

5.6 MILLION WATCH DEMOCRATIC DEBATE FROM BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Brooklyn Democratic Debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yards.

CNN #1 in Primetime Last Night

A combined 5.567 million total viewers watched the CNN/NY1 Democratic Debate last night according to Nielsen Fast National data.  Among adults 25-54, 1.798 million watched.  This debate ranks #7 among Democratic debates this cycle in total viewers and demo 25-54.

In total viewers, CNN averaged 5.396 million and the local NYC cable television news channel NY1 had 171k.  Among adults 25-54, CNN registered 1.709 million and NY1 had 89k.

CNN ranked #1 in cable news in primetime last night (8-11pm), averaging 4.145 million total viewers, +73% more than Fox News’ 2.396 million and +454% more than MSNBC’s 748k.  Among adults 25-54, CNN had 1.289 million, Fox News followed with 409k and MSNBC had 211k.

The strong online interest in CNN's debates was evident again in Brooklyn, with live streams across all platforms (Web, App, Apple TV, and Roku) reaching 1.3 mm. CNN Digital also saw 13 million unique visitors on debate day.

The debate was live from Brooklyn, NY and moderated by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.  Questioners included CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash and NY1 host and CNN commentator Errol Louis.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Nationals time period-based data for Thursday, April 14.  All data based on Live+SD.

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Topics: 2016 Election • Ratings
April 6th, 2016
01:19 PM ET

CNN #1 IN PRIME TIME THROUGHOUT WISCONSIN PRIMARY COVERAGE

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Tops Fox News and MSNBC in Demo 25-54 and 18-34

CNN DIGITAL BRINGS IN 14 MILLION

CNN continues to be the place where Americans watch election returns, with the network ranking #1 among adults 25-54 and 18-34 during last night’s Wisconsin primary coverage.  In primetime (8-11pm), CNN was top rated with 650k, Fox News followed with 601k and MSNBC once again lagged far behind with 378k among adults 25-54.  Among younger viewers (18-34), CNN was #1 by wide margins with 190k, Fox News had 104k and MSNBC trailed with 94k.  In total viewers, CNN had 1.902 million, +29% more than MSNBC’s 1.479 million; Fox News had 3.019 million.

During the live coverage block (7pm-2am) CNN was also #1, averaging 451k to Fox News’ 442k and to MSNBC’s 296k among adults 25-54.  In younger viewers (18–34), CNN outperformed the competition with 134k to Fox News’ 76k and to MSNBC’s 70k.  In total viewers CNN bested MSNBC (1.340 million vs. MSNBC’s 1.110 million); Fox News had 2.010 million during this time period.

CNN Digital’s Wisconsin Primary Day performance yet again demonstrated the continued, strong online interest in the 2016 race. Unique visitors and video starts ranked in the top 10 days across all primaries and caucuses dating back to 2008, with 14 million unique visitors across CNN.com, CNNPolitics.com and mobile apps.

CNN will broadcast the next Democratic Debate live from Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, April 14.  It will be moderated by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.  CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash and NY1 host and CNN commentator Errol Louis join as questioners.

 

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Topics: CNN • Ratings
April 1st, 2016
02:26 PM ET

LAST NIGHT’S PREMIERE OF CNN’s THE EIGHTIES IS #1 IN CABLE NEWS AMONG ADULTS 25-54

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Second Most-Watched CNN Original Series Premiere Ever

Series is Up Triple-Digits from The Sixties and The Seventies Premieres

CNN #1 in Prime Time

Last night’s premiere of CNN’s newest Original Series The Eighties (9-11pm) ranked #1 among adults 25-54 according to Nielsen Fast National data.  The episode, Raised on Television, attracted 598k in the key demo 25-54, Fox News followed with 383k and MSNBC trailed with 300k.  In total viewers, CNN topped MSNBC (1.415m vs. MSNBC’s 1.344 million); Fox News averaged 1.994 million.  The Eighties: Raised on Television is the second most-watched CNN Original Series premiere ever in both total viewers and adults 25-54 (behind Race for the White House:  Kennedy vs. Nixon) and third highest CNN Original Series telecast ever.

The Eighties (598k) premiere was also up by triple-digits compared to The Sixties debut (284k, +111%) and The Seventies (291k, +105%) among adults 25-54.  It was also up in total viewers (Eighties/1.415m. vs. Seventies/887k vs. Sixties/1.390m).

CNN was also #1 in prime time (8-11pm) last night among adults 25-54 with 499k, Fox News placed second with 391k and MSNBC lagged behind with 274k.  CNN ranked #2 in prime in total viewers.

The Eighties is from EMMY® Award-winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman in association with HBO and EMMY® Award-winning producer Mark Herzog,  The next episode, “The AIDS Crisis,” will air on Thursday, April 9 at 9pm ET/PT.

The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide.  Lizzie Kerner, vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Nationals time-period based data for Thu 3/31/16.  Program-based historical data.  All data based on Live+SD.

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Topics: CNN • Ratings
March 30th, 2016
01:38 PM ET

CNN’S GOP TOWN HALL IS THE MOST-WATCHED ON RECORD IN CABLE NEWS IN TOTAL VIEWERS AND ADULTS 25-54

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CNN #1 in Prime Time and Each Hour

Outperformed the Combined Delivery of Fox News and MSNBC

Last night’s CNN GOP Town Hall (8-11pm) was the most-watched on record in cable news in both total viewers and adults 25-54.  Hosted by Anderson Cooper, the Wisconsin Town Hall was #1 in prime time, averaging 3.263 million total viewers, Fox News followed with 1.996 million and MSNBC had 1.156 million according to Nielsen Fast National data.  Among 25-54, CNN was also #1 with 1.062 million – outperforming the combined delivery of Fox News (422k) and MSNBC (292k).

CNN was also No. 1 each hour last night in both total viewers and among adults 25-54:

8pm                 Total Viewers              Adults 25-54

CNN               2.784m                     853k

Fox News       2.230m                       437k

MSNBC          1.022m                        255k

 

9pm                 Total Viewers              Adults 25-54

CNN               4.036m                    1.334m

Fox News       1.905m                        363k

MSNBC          1.360m                        340k

 

10pm               Total Viewers              Adults 25-54

CNN               2.969m                    999k

Fox News       1.853m                        466k

MSNBC          1.085m                        282k

 

The post-program, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon (11p-midnight) also ranked #1 among total viewers and the demo 25-54 last night.  In total viewers, CNN had 1.353 million, Fox News registered 961k and MSNBC posted 625k.  In the demo, CNN averaged 480k, Fox News followed with 276k and MSNBC had 188k.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Nationals time period-based data for Tuesday, March 29.  All data based on Live+SD.

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Topics: CNN • Ratings
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