CNN STRONG #2 in Q2, CONTINUES TO CLOSE GAP WITH FOX
June 28th, 2016
02:11 PM ET

CNN STRONG #2 in Q2, CONTINUES TO CLOSE GAP WITH FOX

Posts Double-Digit Growth in Each Key Daypart, Every Weekday Program

Dominates MSNBC in Total Day, Prime and Dayside

 #1 on Weekends

CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, The Lead with Jake Tapper,

State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Fareed Zakaria GPS

All Rank #1 in June

CNN was the number-two rated cable news network for the second quarter of 2016, which ended Sunday. CNN finished a strong number two among total viewers and adults 25-54 in both total day and prime time. It was the ninth consecutive quarter that CNN has finished in second place in total day among both demos and in prime time among adults 25-54, once again far ahead of third place MSNBC.

CNN continues to narrow the gap with Fox News. Among adults 25-54 in prime time in the second quarter, CNN finished just 9% behind Fox News (324k vs 358k). That is the fourth smallest quarterly deficit on record.  And among adults 25-54 in total day, CNN finished 12% behind Fox News (190k vs 217k), the smallest quarterly deficit since 2008.

This quarter, CNN had double-digit growth across every key daypart and every weekday program compared to last year.  Among the Top 40 cable networks vs. a year ago in total day, CNN is posting the second largest growth in both adults 25-54 and total viewers.

CNN’s dayside programming (9am-4pm) had a significant advantage over MSNBC this quarter:  +35% more total viewers and a +61% advantage among adults 25-54 - also growing double-digits compared to a year ago.

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CNN POLITICS: #1 FOR 15 MONTHS
June 24th, 2016
02:00 AM ET

CNN POLITICS: #1 FOR 15 MONTHS

Sweeps Every Category in May: Visitors, Video, Views & Minutes

May 2016 marked the 15th straight month that CNN Politics was the Web’s most-consumed producer of political news and information.  The network posted triple-digit gains over the previous year and easily topped every competitor in every traffic category.  Up across the board over April 2016, CNN politics posted 31 million unique multiplatform visitors, 79 million video starts, nearly 260 million multiplatform views and 681 million minutes of consumption time.

#1 Multiplatform Unique Visitors
Doubling the traffic of nearly every competitor, CNN Politics attracted an audience of 31 million unique visitors across platforms in May 2016 – up 135% vs. the prior year and +11% over the previous month.

31 mm: CNN Politics

  • 18 mm: HuffPost Politics
  • 16 mm: Fox News Politics
  • 14.2 mm: MSNBC TV
  • 14.1 mm: Politico.com
  • 10 mm: The Hill

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

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CNN TOPS FOX NEWS AND MSNBC BY WIDE MARGINS DURING LAST NIGHT’S ELECTION COVERAGE
June 8th, 2016
02:19 PM ET

CNN TOPS FOX NEWS AND MSNBC BY WIDE MARGINS DURING LAST NIGHT’S ELECTION COVERAGE

16 MILLION TURN TO CNN DIGITAL

CNN dominated cable news throughout this election cycle and last night’s historic primary/caucus night was no exception.  CNN was the place where Americans watched election returns with the network ranking #1 among adults 25-54 and 18-34. In primetime (8-11pm), CNN beat the competition by wide margins – CNN averaged 829k, +78% more than MSNBC’s 466k and had a +81% advantage over Fox News’ 458k among adults 25-54.  Among younger viewers (18-34) CNN was #1, also by wide margins, with 227k, MSNBC had 104k, and Fox News trailed with 73k.  In total viewers CNN beat MSNBC (2.405 million vs. MSNBC’s 2.051 million); Fox News had 2.525 million.

During the live coverage block (7pm-2am), which included late night returns from California, CNN was #1 across the board.  In total viewers, CNN was top-rated with 2.129 million, Fox News followed with 1.828 million and MSNBC had 1.779 million.  Among adults 25-54, CNN outperformed the competition with 745k, +74% more than MSNBC’s 429k and a whopping +106% advantage over Fox News’ 362k. In younger viewers (18–34), CNN had 206k vs. MSNBC’s 96k vs. Fox News’ 57k.

Last night’s Super Tuesday 5 primary/caucus election night coverage (New Jersey, New Mexico, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and California) was anchored by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Jake Tapper and Dana Bash.  John King reported throughout the night from the Magic Wall.

CNN Digital welcomed 16 million unique visitors across properties on Super Tuesday, making it the sixth most trafficked primary or caucus day dating back to 2008. CNN Digital also saw 11 million multiplatform video starts and 89 million page views.

This primary election season CNN had:

  • Most debates on television (6 Republican, 5 Democratic)
  • Three of the top five Debates in history
  • Highest Democratic primary debate ever (Las Vegas debate, 10/13/15)
  • Most watched non-sports cable prime time (Reagan Library GOP debate, 9/15/15)
  • Only cable news network to simulcast debates this cycle (PBS, Univision)
  • Most Town Halls
  • Highest rated Democratic Town Hall in history and highest rated Republican Town Hall in history
  • Had top five candidate events and most watched this cycle (Iowa (1/25/16), NH (2/3/16), South Carolina (2/17-2/18), Ohio (3/13/16), Wisconsin (3/29/16))
  • Ranked #1 in 12 of the 17 primary/caucus election nights (adults 25-54, based on 7p-2a coverage block)
  • #1 and #2 primary nights in prime time in cable news history (Super Tuesday #1 (3/1/16), Super Tuesday #3 (3/15/16))
  • Highest rated Iowa Caucuses in cable news history (adults 25-54)
  • Super Tuesday ranked #1 in all of cable and had largest delivery ever across cable news in prime (adults 25-54)
  • #2 NH Primary in CNN’s history (adults 25-54)
  • CNN Politics remained the #1 destination for online political news
CNN STRONG #2 IN MAY, UP DOUBLE-DIGITS ACROSS THE BOARD
June 1st, 2016
01:09 PM ET

CNN STRONG #2 IN MAY, UP DOUBLE-DIGITS ACROSS THE BOARD

CNN Beats MSNBC in Total Day and Prime Time, Again

Ranks #1 in Cable News on Weekends

Newest CNN Original Series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell is #1 Hit

CNN’s 2016 momentum continued again in May, with yet another solid month for the network. CNN finished a strong #2 in every cable news daypart in May: total day viewership and demos and prime time total viewers and demos. CNN’s viewership was up more than +30% in total day and more than +50% in prime time compared to a year ago. Among the Top 40 cable networks, compared to a year ago, CNN is posting the second largest growth in prime in both total viewers and the 25-54 demo.

For the month, CNN again beat MSNBC in total day and prime time by huge margins. In the key demo of adults 25-54, CNN beat MSNBC by 39% in total day and 40% in prime time.

CNN has now beaten MSNBC for 23 consecutive months in total viewers and adults 25-54 in total day. In prime time, CNN has now outperformed MSNBC for six straight months in total viewers and for 23 consecutive months among adults 25-54.

For the year among adults 25-54, CNN has narrowed the gap with Fox News to its smallest margin since 2008 in total day, and is enjoying its biggest advantage over MSNBC in 11 years (since 2005) in M-Su prime.

CNN’s dayside programming (9am-4pm) had a significant advantage over MSNBC in May, also growing double-digits vs. last year.

CNN beat Fox News and MSNBC to rank #1 in cable news on weekends in both total day and prime among adults 25-54 in May.

Cable News May 2016 v May 2015

CNN May 2016 Program Highlights:

  • New Day (6-9am) grew vs. a year ago, increasing +24% in total viewers and +6% among adults 25-54.
  • CNN dayside weekday programs (9a-4p) all ranked #2, topping MSNBC each hour. In total viewers, CNN had a +34% advantage over MSNBC (593k vs. MSNBC’s 441k) and a +58% lead among adults 25-54 (144k vs. MSNBC’s 91k). CNN also increased +21%/+10% respectively from a year ago during dayside programming.
  • The Lead with Jake Tapper (4pm) ranked #2 in cable news, easily topping MSNBC in both total viewers (721k vs. MSNBC’s 489k) and the demo (173k vs. MSNBC’s 97k).  The Lead grew +33% in total viewers and +15% among 25-54 vs. a year ago.
  • The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer (5-7pm) ranked #2 in cable news besting MSNBC in both total viewers (751k vs. MSNBC’s 576k) and in the demo (205k vs. 118k). Compared to last year, The Situation Room was up in total viewers (+11%) and up among adults 25-54 (+29%).

Prime time:

  • CNN beat MSNBC during weekday prime hours at 7pm, 8pm and 10pm in the key demo 25-54 for the 23rd straight month.  This is the longest streak on record across these three hours in the demo.
  • Erin Burnett Outfront (7pm) ranked #2 in the demo (217k), topping MSNBC’s Hardball (179k) by +21%.  EBOF also grew compared to a year ago, increasing +15% in total viewers and +4% in the demo 25-54.
  • Anderson Cooper 360 (8pm) topped MSNBC’s Chris Hayes again this month in both total viewers (853k vs. MSNBC’s 845k) and the demo (250k vs. MSNBC’s 202k).  CNN has now topped MSNBC in total viewers for the 8th straight month and among adults 25-54 for the 23rd straight month.  The Cooper-led program was also up compared to last year, increasing +26% in total viewers and +6% in among adults 25-54.  AC360 was also the highest-rated CNN primetime news program.
  • CNN programming at 9pm was up +36% in total viewers and +16% among adults 25-54 vs. last year.
  • CNN Tonight with Don Lemon (10pm) ranked #2 in the demo (232k), topping MSNBC’s 222k.  CNN has now topped MSNBC at 10pm for 23 consecutive months in the important key demo 25-54.  CNN Tonight was up +10% in total viewers vs. last year.

 Saturdays:

  • New Day Saturday (6-9am) ranked #2 in cable news each hour in total viewers.  MSNBC was 4th.
  • Smerconish (9am) ranked #2 in total viewers (675k vs. MSNBC’s 381k) and among 25-54 (165k vs. MSNBC’s 93k), growing +32%/+9% vs. year-ago respectively.  Smerconish at 6pm was #1 in cable news in the demo 25-54 (161k), Fox News followed with 148k and MSNBC trailed with 55k.  The program was also up +56% in total viewers and +61% in the demo.
  • CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield ranked #1 at 12noon, 1pm and 2pm among 25-54.  The show was up double-digits every hour vs. a year ago.

Sundays:

  • Inside Politics with John King (8am) ranked #2 in cable news vs. MSNBC’s Politics Nation in both total viewers (636k vs. MSNBC’s 364k) and the demo (171k vs. MSNBC’s 100k).  The program grew +39% in total viewers and +27% 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 694k in total viewers and 194k among adults 25-54, growing +55% /+64% respectively.  At noon, SOTU was #1 in the demo with 198k, Fox News followed with 175k and MSNBC had 85k.  The Tapper-led show also grew +51% in total viewers and +46% in the demo vs. last year at noon.
  • Fareed Zakaria GPS (10am) ranked #2 in total viewers (810k, up +46%) and in the demo 25-54 (213k, up +43%).  At 1pm, GPS ranked #1 in the demo 25-54 with 172k, Fox News followed with 156k and MSNBC posted 92k.  GPS also grew at 1pm, increasing +43% in total viewers and +47% among adults 25-54.
  • Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter (11am) ranked #2 in cable news in total viewers (716k, up +47%) and in the key demo 25-54 (194k, up +44%), more than doubling MSNBC’s delivery among P25-54 (82k). CNN posted the largest year-over-year growth of any cable news program in the 11am hour

CNN Original Series May 2016 Highlights:

  • CNN’s newest Original Series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell is a #1 hit.  Season 1 to-date (4/24-5/29/16, Sundays 10pm) the program is top-rated among adults 25-54, outperforming the combined delivery of Fox News and MSNBC (345k vs. 186k vs. 105k).  In total viewers, United Shades averaged 776k, more than doubling MSNBC’s 301k.  Compared to the prior to launch four Sundays, the program is up a whopping +89% in the demo and +25% among total viewers, and is the only show at that hour to grow in both demos in cable news.  United Shades has also attracted the youngest audience across cable news in its time period.
  • The Eighties Season 1 to-date (3/31-5/26/16): Ranks #1 among 25-54 across cable news in its time period.  The program also attracted the youngest audience across cable news in its time period.  Tracking above the season performance of The Seventies and The Sixties among both total viewers and 25-54.
  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Season 7 to-date (4/24-5/29/16): Every premiere episode has ranked #1 across cable news in its time period among 25-54, outperforming the combined delivery of Fox News and MSNBC.  Parts Unknown attracts the youngest audience across cable news in its time period.

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CNN DIGITAL OUTPERFORMS ALL COMPETITORS IN APRIL 2016
May 25th, 2016
09:34 AM ET

CNN DIGITAL OUTPERFORMS ALL COMPETITORS IN APRIL 2016

#1 IN VIDEO, VISITORS, VIEWS & SOCIAL

CNN once again outpaced all news and information competitors last month with more multiplatform unique visitors, views, video starts and consumption time than any other news outlet. April also marked the network’s 12th straight month as the number one source for digital news video. 

#1 IN MULTIPLATFORM UNIQUE VISITORS
CNN welcomed 93 million unique visitors in April, besting all other news outlets and maintaining its number one rank. CNN topped second place Yahoo News by 7 million visitors across platforms and third place BuzzFeed.com by 13 million.

CNN: 93 Million Unique Visitors

  • Yahoo News – 86 million uniques
  • BuzzFeed.com – 80 million uniques
  • HuffingtonPost.com – 75 million uniques
  • The New York Times – 73 million uniques
  • WashingtonPost.com – 65 million uniques

Source: comScore MultiPlatform based on CNN Brand entity — April 2016

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CNNMONEY TOPS BLOOMBERG, WALL STREET JOURNAL & CNBC FOR APRIL 2016
May 24th, 2016
09:50 AM ET

CNNMONEY TOPS BLOOMBERG, WALL STREET JOURNAL & CNBC FOR APRIL 2016

CNNMoney posted an impressive lead over some of the web’s finest business and financial news competitors for the month of April 2016. In terms of traffic, CNNMoney outperformed Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal and CNBC in multiplatform visits and unique visitors. It topped both Business Insider and Wall Street Journal in video starts and consumption time. The network ranked a solid fourth place among top business and financial properties for the month and registered double digit gains over April 2015 in most measurements.

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CNN POLITICS CELEBRATES 14 STRAIGHT MONTHS AS #1
May 23rd, 2016
09:46 AM ET

CNN POLITICS CELEBRATES 14 STRAIGHT MONTHS AS #1

Easily Tops Every Competitor In Every Category: Visitors, Views, Video, Mobile & Minutes

For the month of April 2016, CNN Politics extended its streak as the most trafficked political news destination online to 14 straight months.  The network easily topped every competitor and registered double and triple-digit growth over its own number one position year-over-year. With 28 million unique multiplatform visitors, 18 million mobile uniques, 71 million video starts, and nearly 228 million multiplatform views, CNN Politics remains the category leader and the nation’s top source for political news and information.  

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CNN #1 FOR WEEK, WHCD & ORIGINAL SERIES
May 3rd, 2016
03:08 PM ET

CNN #1 FOR WEEK, WHCD & ORIGINAL SERIES

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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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.

cable news apr 6 vs apr 15

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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