July 20th, 2016

CNN Tops ABC News, CBS News and MSNBC during Second Night of the Republican National Convention

CNN #1 In Prime Among Younger Viewers (18-34)

CNN Way Up vs. 2012, Fox News is Down

20 Million Turn to CNN Digital; #1 Day for CNN Politics in 2016 Election Cycle

CNN beat ABC News, CBS News and MSNBC in total viewers at 10pm last night during Day Two of the Republican National Convention.

In the demo, CNN also topped ABC News, CBS News. And MSNBC.


Total Viewers — 10pm

Fox News – 5.262m

NBC – 4.682m

CNN — 3.064m

ABC – 2.329m

CBS – 2.537m

MSNBC 1.533m


Demo 25-54 – 10pm

NBC 1.563m

Fox News – 1.165m

CNN – 944k

CBS – 792k

ABC – 749k

MSNBC – 467k

In prime time (8-11pm), CNN attracted 2.793 million, +81% more than MSNBC’s 1.539 million; Fox News had 4.838  million in total viewers.  In the demo, 25-54 CNN had 816k, MSNBC lagged far behind with 435k; Fox News delivered 1.002 million.   Among younger viewers 18-34, CNN was #1 with 256k, Fox News followed with 196k and MSNBC trailed with 105k

Compared to the second night (prime time) of the RNC in 2012, CNN is way up in total viewers (2.793m vs. 1.115m in 2012), Fox News is down (4.838m vs. 5.846m in 2012).  In 2012 MSNBC had 1.299m total viewers.

CNN Digital’s second day of the Cleveland convention outranked all convention days since 2008 in unique visitors, with a whopping 20 million turning to CNN across desktop and mobile devices. CNN Politics also saw it’s top performing day of the entire 2016 Election cycle, welcoming 10 million unique visitors.