Cable news ratings september 2018

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December 19th, 2018

CNN Beats MSNBC In 2018 In Total Day For Fifth Straight Year



CNN Original Series Rank #1 on Sundays

Network Ranks #8 in All of Cable


CNN had tremendous ratings success in 2018, posting record levels and surpassing MSNBC in key dayparts and hours in the demographic adults 25-54.  CNN beat MSNBC in total day for the fifth straight year (217k vs MSNBC’s 200k), during dayside for the 22nd year (210k vs. MSNBC’s 176k) and overtook MSNBC on weekends each hour among adults 25-54.  In prime time, CNN had its third-best delivery in 10 years (334k; since 2008, behind only election year 2016 and inauguration year 2017), and best delivery ever during a midterm year (see chart below). In 2018, nearly all CNN news programs drew higher demo 25-54 audiences than MSNBC, posting near or above presidential election year levels.  CNN Original Series also had banner ratings in 2018, with each series ranking #1 in cable news on Sundays in either total viewers and/or adults 25-54.


CNN Posts Record-Level Deliveries in 2018:

  • In total day (6am-6am): CNN had its third-highest year on record in total viewers and third highest since 2008 among adults 25-54 (just behind election year 2016 and inauguration year 2017).  By wide margins, this year was CNN’s most-watched midterm year ever in total day. This is also the first year in CNN’s history that the network topped 200k in the total day demo for three years in a row, including this midterm year (2018, 217k), last year’s inauguration year (2017, 257k) and the presidential election year of 2016 (234k).
  • In prime time (both M-Su, M-F, 8-11pm): CNN had its third highest prime time in 10 years (since 2008) in both total viewers and adults 25-54 (following 2016, 2017). This is CNN’s most-watched prime time midterm year on record.
  • During daytime (9am-4pm): CNN had its third-highest dayside on record in total viewers (behind 1995 and 2017) and third- highest dayside since 2001 among 25-54 (behind 2003 and 2017).
  • In the morning (6-9am): 2018 is the network’s overall second-highest morning delivery on record among total viewers (behind only 2017) and third highest since 2002 in 25-54 (behind 2003 and 2017).
  • Key CNN programs including New Day with Alisyn Camerota and John Berman, The Lead with Jake Tapper, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett Outfront, Anderson Cooper 360 and CNN Tonight with Don Lemon are all having either their second or third-best years on record among both demos. Cuomo Prime Time continues as CNN’s #1 program in both total viewers and adults 25-54.



CNN Ranks #8 in All of Cable:

Among ALL cable networks, CNN ranked #8 in total viewers in total day this year.  This marks the second consecutive year that CNN is a Top 10 cable network among total viewers in total day. In M-F prime time, CNN ranked #10 in total viewers.  In 2018, CNN had five of the Top 12 historical/non-fiction series in ALL of cable among adults 25-54, more than any other non-fiction, including the History Channel.

Key CNN Programs Surpass MSNBC:

Key CNN programs including Early Start with Christine Romans and Dave Briggs, CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, At This Hour with Kate Bolduan, Inside Politics with John King (weekday), CNN Right Now with Brianna Keilar, CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, The Lead with Jake Tapper, The Situation Room, Erin Burnett Outfront, Anderson Cooper 360, New Day (weekends), Smerconish, CNN Special Reports,The Axe Files with David Axelrod, The Van Jones Show and S.E. Cupp Unfiltered all easily surpassed MSNBC this year, posting higher demo 25-54 audiences.

CNN’s Sunday morning programs including Inside Politics with John King (8am), State of the Union with Jake Tapper (9am), Fareed Zakaria GPS (10am) and Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter (11am,) all posted more viewers in the key demo 25-54 than MSNBC, ranking #2 in cable news.

On Saturdays and Sundays, CNN delivered higher demo audiences than MSNBC for 24 out of 24 hours.


CNN Ranks #1 in Cable News, Overtakes Fox and MSNBC:

State of the Union with Jake Tapper (noon) ranked #1 in cable news in 2018 for the third consecutive year with 234k, Fox followed with 228k and MSNBC had 158k among adults 25-54.  On Saturdays, CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield (1-3pm,) was #1 on Saturdays, as was CNN Newsroom with Ana Cabrera on Saturdays/Sundays (3-6pm) in the key demo 25-54.  All of CNN Original Series programming ranked #1 in cable news on Sundays this year among adults 25-54.  CNN’s midterm election night coverage (11-6-18) ranked #1 in ALL of television (broadcast and cable) in the key demo 25-54 during prime time. The 12th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute (12-9-18, 8pm) ranked #1 in cable news (153k), topping Fox (145k) and MSNBC (135k) among adults 25-54.


Median Age:

CNN (62 years old) continues to attract an audience that is four years younger than Fox News and MSNBC (66) in total day.  In prime time, CNN’s audience (61 years old), is five years younger than Fox and MSNBC (66). While CNN is pacing at the lowest median age in cable news, MSNBC is pacing at its oldest audience levels on record across total day and M-Su/M-F prime.


Reaches more people than any other cable news brand across TV and Digital:

CNN reaches more people than any other cable news brand across TV and digital in 2018TD. On a monthly basis, CNN reaches 171 million people across TV and digital, more than FOX News (144 million) or MSNBC (56 million).  CNN also reaches more people ages 18-34 and 25-54 than any other news brand across TV and digital, beating out cable & broadcast competitors as well as brands like New York Times, Washington Post and Yahoo News.

CNN continues to reach the largest cumulative average monthly television audience in 2018 among both total viewers and adults 25-54 of any cable news network.  (CNN 65.7 million/23.7 million, Fox 63.3m/20.8m, MSNBC 47.9m/15.7m).  This makes the network #1 every year for the 17 years on record among both demos.

CNN reached its largest digital audience in history in 2018, wrapping the year with an average of 121 million unique visitors per month and ranking ahead of all digital news competitors as #1 in multiplatform visitors, multiplatform video, mobile, millennials, global, social and politics. With the close of November, CNN ranked #1 in multiplatform unique visitors for more than two years running, mobile unique visitors for over a full year, and multiplatform video starts for more than three years in a row. For more information on CNN Digital’s traffic visit the CNN Press Room.


CNN 2018 News Program Highlights:

  • New Day with Alisyn Camerota and John Berman (6-9am) had its second-highest year on record among both 25-54 (188k) and total viewers (576k), just after 2017.  This is also the overall network’s second-highest year on record in the morning daypart among total viewers (behind only 2017) and third highest among adults 25-54 since 2002 (behind 2003 and 2017).
  • The Lead with Jake Tapper (4pm) easily surpassed MSNBC (253k vs. MSNBC’s 232k) among adults 25-54 in 2018. This year was the Tapper-led program’s second-highest year on record among both adults 25-54 and total viewers (behind only 2017). It was also the overall network’s third-highest delivery on record among both demos and was the 18th consecutive year that CNN outperformed MSNBC in the hour.
  • The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer (5pm & 6pm) ranked #2 in cable news this month, easily topping MSNBC at 5pm for the sixth consecutive year (267k vs. MSNBC’s 234k) and at 6pm for the fifth straight year (287k vs. MSNBC’s 258k) among adults 25-54.  This is the program’s second-highest year on record in both total viewers and in the demo 25-54 at 5pm (following 2017). At 6p, this is the program’s third-highest performance on record (behind 2008 and 2017) among total viewers and second-highest year on record among adults 25-54 (behind 2017).
  • Erin Burnett Outfront (7pm) beat MSNBC’s Hardball (325k vs. 304k) for the fifth consecutive year in 2018.  This is EBOF’s second-highest year on record among both total viewers (964k) and adults 25-54 (325k; just following 2017). It was also the overall network’s third-highest total viewer performance since 1995 and third-highest adult 25-54 performance on record.
  • Anderson Cooper 360 (8pm) surpassed MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes for the sixth straight year in the key demo adults 25-54 (360k vs. MSNBC’s 357k).  This is both the program’s and the network’s third-highest year on record in total viewers (1.129 million) and the demo 25-54 (360k), just after 2017 and 2016.
  • Cuomo Prime Time (9pm) which launched in June, is CNN’s #1 news program for the year, averaging 1.245 million in total viewers and 392k among adults 25-54 in 2018.  Since launch, Cuomo Prime Time is up double digits among total viewers (+22%) and the demo (+12%) since the 2018 pre-launch 9pm average, the most in cable news. The Cuomo-led program has also narrowed the gap with Fox by 9 percentage points and MSNBC by 14 points in the demo and by 6/8 percentage points respectively in total viewers.  This is the network’s overall third-highest performance in the 9pm hour since 2005 among total viewers (behind only 2008 and 2017) and third-highest adult 25-54 performance since 2003 (behind 2008 and 2017).
  • CNN Tonight with Don Lemon (10pm) had its second-highest year on record in 2018 in both total viewers (1.071 million) and among adults 25-54 (367k), just after 2017. It was also the network’s overall third-highest total viewer performance on record in the 10p hour and third-highest demo performance since 2003 (both behind 2008 and 2017). At 11pm, CNN Tonight is delivering the network’s third-highest total viewer and adult 25-54 audience since 2008 (behind only 2016 and 2017).


CNN 2018 Original Series and CNN Films Highlights:

CNN Original Series continued to post robust ratings this year, ranking #1 in cable news on Sundays among adults 25-54:

  • The Radical Story of Patty Hearst (2/11/18-2/25/18, Sundays 9pm and 10pm): Ranked #1 among adults 25-54 across cable news on Sundays.  Every episode was top-rated among adults 25-54 across cable news in its respective hour.
  • American Dynasties: The Kennedys (3/11/18-4/15/18, Sundays 9pm): Was the most-watched CNN Original Series of all time in total viewers and the second most-watched among 25-54 (behind only The Nineties).  The series also ranked #1 among both P25-54 and total viewers across cable news in its time period on Sundays, outperforming the combined delivery of Fox and MSNBC in both demos.  Every episode also ranked #1 in both the demo 25-54 and total viewers.
  • Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History (3/11/18-4/15/18, Sundays 10pm): Ranked #1 among both 25-54 and total viewers on Sunday across cable news in its time period.
  • Christiane Amanpour: Sex & Love Around the World (3/17/18-4/21/18, Saturdays 10pm): Ranked #2 in its Saturday night time period, among adults 25-54 (behind FXNC).  The series outperformed MSNBC in the hour by +20% among P25-54.
  • Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown (Season 11, 4/29-6/24/18, Sundays 9pm):  Ranked #1 in cable news in the demo (484k) and #2 in total viewers (1.167million) during the full season – outperforming both Fox and MSNBC by triple digits among 25-54 (+132%; 209k, and +240%; 142k respectively). Every episode this season ranked #1 among 25-54 and 18-34 in cable news.
  • United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell (Season 3; 4/29-7/1/18, Sundays 10pm):  The Bell-led series ranked #1 in cable news, averaging 346k among 25-54 and 866k in total viewers. Every episode also ranked #1 in cable news during Season 3 among adults 25-54 and 18-34. The series outperformed MSNBC by triple digits among 25-54 (+195%; 117k), and double digits among total viewers (+53%; 565k).
  • 1968 (5/27/18-5/28/18, Sun, Mon 9pm, 10pm): Ranked #1 among adults 25-54 across cable news in its time period.  Live+7 versus Live, grew +57% among 25-54 and +42% among total viewers.
  • The 2000s Ranked #1 in cable news across its seven Sunday premiere episodes (7/8-8/19/18, 9pm) averaging 368k among adults 25-54 and ranked #2 among total viewers (864k).  The 2000s topped MSNBC in the time period by triple digits among 25-54 (+235%; 110k), and Fox by double digits (+90%, 194k). The series ranked #1 among 25-54 and 18-34 in cable news within its time period across every episode this season.
  • The History of Comedy (Season 2; 7/15-8/19/18, Sundays 10pm): Ranked #1 in cable news among adults 25-54 (378k), and #2 among total viewers (1.038mm) across its six Sunday premiere episodes. Season 2 easily outperformed MSNBC in the time period by triple digits among both P25-54 (+250%; 108k), and P2+ (+108%; 500k). Ranked #1 among adults 25-54 and 18-34 in cable news within its time period across every episode this season.
  • Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown (Season 12) was #1 in cable news registering 379k in the demo 25-54 and #2 among total viewers (992k) across the full season (7 Sunday premieres; 9/23-11/11/18, 9pm).
  • This is Life with Lisa Ling (Season 5) also ranked #1 in cable news on Sundays in adults 25-54 (312k) and #2 in total viewers (798k) across the season (eight Sunday premieres; 9/23/18-11/18/18, 10pm). The Ling-led series outperformed MSNBC in the time period by triple digits among adults 25-54 (+209%; 101k), and Fox by double digits (+37%; 227k) in the demo.


CNN Films     

  • CNN Films: RBG (Monday 9/3/18) premiered at #1 in cable news in both the demo adults 25-54 (514k) and total viewers (2.3 million). The film outperformed both Fox and MSNBC in the time period among adults 25-54 (+124% and +52% respectively). The film grew an impressive +64% in Live+7 vs. Live in adults 25-54. Among ALL CNN Films, RBG ranked #2 in total viewers.
  • CNN Films: American Jail (Sunday 7/1/18) premiered at #2 in its time period among adults 25-54 (177k), outperforming MSNBC by double digits (+50%; 118k) in the demo. The film grew +11% in Live+7 vs. Live in the demo adults 25-54.
  • CNN Films: Trophy (Sunday 1/14/18) premiered at #2 in its time period in both the demo (203k) and total viewers (557k), easily ahead of MSNBC (164k/453k).  Trophy also grew +43% in Live+7 vs. Live among adults 25-54.


Out of Home (OOH) Viewing:

In 2018TD, CNN is averaging a +6.4% lift (or +14k) in total day among 25-54 with OOH viewers. CNN is tied with TBS for #3 with OOH viewers gained (+14k) among all reportable OOH networks, behind #1 ranked ESPN (+30k) and #2 ranked TNT (+16k).


Digital-to-TV Lift Viewing

2018 Year-to-date, live viewing on digital has provided a 2% lift to the CNN linear audience. Big news days for the year such as the Kavanaugh/Ford Senate hearings, former President George H.W. Bush funeral, and the State of the Union Address provided lifts as high as 9%-14%.





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Fox News marked its 36th consecutive week as the most-watched basic cable network in the 6 a.m. – 6 a.m. time period. However, the network took second place in prime time behind ESPN. This trend may continue as we dive deeper into the college and Monday Night Football seasons.

FNC didn’t finish runner up when it came to the cable news landscape. Not even close. The network averaged far more viewers than CNN or MSNBC in all of the key time periods and key measurements.

On the programming front – Hannity’s 9/11 broadcast ranked the most-watched non-sports cable telecast for the week with 3.43 million total viewers.  Presentations of Hannity, Tucker Carlson Tonight, The Ingraham Angle and The Five made up 16 of the top 30 cable telecasts in total viewers.

Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream and MSNBC’s The 11th Hour with Brian Williams split the 11 p.m. hour, with MSNBC averaging the most total viewers in the hour and Fox News averaging the most A25-54 year-olds.

The same trend was true in the 11 p.m. hour, with Your World with Neil Cavuto finished No. 1 among A25-54, and Deadline White House with Nicolle Wallace as No. 1 in total viewers.

MSNBC ranked as the third-most-watched on all of basic cable this past week, only behind ESPN and Fox News. MSNBC also beat rival CNN in the A25-54 demo during prime time. However, the network fell short to CNN in the demo across the 6 a.m.-6 a.m. time period (just barely). Additionally, the network continues to lose viewers from its impressive 2017 and 2018. Perhaps they’ll return as we approach 2020. Or perhaps not.

CNN finished the week ranked No. 12 in total prime time viewers. It still held a spot in the Top 10 in total day viewing, coming in at No. 7 by averaging 543,000 viewers across 6 a.m. – 6 a.m. It also beat MSNBC in total day among adults 25-54 (~1,000).

When compared with the same week in 2018, cable news struggled. Fox News was -6% in total prime time viewers. MSNBC was -33% in total prime time viewers, while CNN was also -38% in the same daypart. In total day, Fox was -8 %, MSNBC was -22% and CNN was -38%.

If you’re a bit stunned by the wild year-over-year declines, know that the week of Sept. 10, 2018 featured a combination of Trump controversies (more than usual), and Hurricane Florence coverage, both of which gave cable news a significant ratings bump that week.

Cable News Week of Sept. 9 (Total Viewers)
Fox News: Prime Time (2,343,000) and Total Day (1,319,000)
MSNBC: Prime Time (1,465,000) and Total Day (868,000)
CNN: Prime Time (745,000) and Total Day (543,000)

Cable News Week of Sept. 9 (Adults 25-54)
Fox News: Prime Time (313,000) and Total Day (206,000)
MSNBC: Prime Time (210,000) and Total Day (118,000)
CNN: Prime Time (176,000) and Total Day (119,000)

Basic Cable Top Five (Prime Time)

  1. ESPN (3,305,000)
  2. Fox News (2,343,000)
  3. MSNBC (1,465,000)
  4. HGTV (1,369,000)
  5. USA (1,083,000)

Basic Cable Top Five (Total Day)

  1. FNC (1,319,000)
  2. ESPN (1,112,000)
  3. MSNBC (868,000)
  4. HGTV (678,000)
  5. Investigation Discovery (618,000)

Source: Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, week of Sept. 9, 2019.

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American news channel

This article is about the channel. For other uses, see CNN (disambiguation).

CountryUnited States
Broadcast area
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Worldwide (via CNN International)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
(downscaled to letterboxed480i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerCNN Worldwide
(WarnerMedia News & Sports)
Key people
  • Jeff Zucker (Chairman, WarnerMedia News & Sports; President, CNN Worldwide)
  • Brad Ferrer (EVP/CFO, WarnerMedia News & Sports)
  • Ken Jautz (EVP, CNN Worldwide)
  • Andrew Morse (EVP/Chief Digital Officer)
  • Michael Bass (EVP of Programming, CNN U.S.)
Sister channels
LaunchedJune 1, 1980; 41 years ago (1980-06-01)
Available on every US cable providerChannel slots vary on each operator
  • Channel 202
  • Channel 1202 (VOD)
Dish Network
Bell Satellite TV (Canada)
  • Channel 500 (SD)
  • Channel 1578 (HD)
Shaw Direct (Canada)
  • Channel 140/500 (SD)
  • Channel 257/331 (HD)
DirecTV CaribbeanChannel 702
Tata Sky(India)Channel 631 (SD)[1]
U-verse TV
  • Channel 202 (SD)
  • Channel 1202 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV (Canada)
  • Channel 1500 (SD)
  • Channel 500 (HD)
Google FiberChannel 101
VMedia (Canada)Channel 33 (HD)
Verizon FiOS
  • Channel 100 (SD)
  • Channel 600 (HD)
Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV
Sirius XMChannel 115

The Cable News Network (CNN) is a multinational news-based pay television channel headquartered in Atlanta, United States.[3][4][5] It is owned by CNN Worldwide, a unit of the WarnerMedia News & Sports division of AT&T's WarnerMedia.[6] It was founded in 1980 by American media proprietorTed Turner and Reese Schonfeld as a 24-hour cable news channel.[7][8][9] Upon its launch in 1980, CNN was the first television channel to provide 24-hour news coverage,[10] and was the first all-news television channel in the United States.[11]

As of September 2018, CNN has 90.1 million television households as subscribers (97.7% of households with cable) in the United States.[12] According to Nielsen, in June 2021 CNN ranked third in viewership among cable news networks, behind Fox News and MSNBC, averaging 580,000 viewers throughout the day, down 49% from a year earlier, amid sharp declines in viewers across all cable news networks.[13] CNN ranks 14th among all basic cable networks.[14][15]

The network is known for its dramatic live coverage of breaking news, some of which has drawn criticism as overly sensationalistic, and for its efforts to be nonpartisan, which have led to accusations of false balance.[21]

Globally, CNN programming has aired through CNN International, seen by viewers in over 212 countries and territories;[22] since May 2019 however, the US domestic version has absorbed international news coverage in order to streamline programming expenses. The American version, sometimes referred to as CNN (US), is also available in Canada, some islands of the Caribbean and in Japan, where it was first broadcast on CNNj in 2003, with simultaneous translation in Japanese.[23]


Early history

Main article: History of CNN (1980–2003)

The Cable News Network was launched at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 1, 1980. After an introduction by Ted Turner, the husband and wife team of David Walker and Lois Hart anchored the channel's first newscast.[24]Burt Reinhardt, the executive vice president of CNN at its launch, hired most of the channel's first 200 employees, including the network's first news anchor, Bernard Shaw.[25]

Replica of the newsroom at CNN Center.

Since its debut, CNN has expanded its reach to a number of cable and satellite television providers, several websites, and specialized closed-circuit channels (such as CNN Airport). The company has 42 bureaus (11 domestic, 31 international),[26] more than 900 affiliated local stations (which also receive news and features content via the video newswire service CNN Newsource),[27] and several regional and foreign-language networks around the world.[28] The channel's success made a bona-fide mogul of founder Ted Turner[29] and set the stage for conglomerate Time Warner's eventual acquisition of the Turner Broadcasting System in 1996.[30]

A companion channel, CNN2, was launched on January 1, 1982[31] and featured a continuous 24-hour cycle of 30-minute news broadcasts.[32] The channel, which later became known as CNN Headline News and is now known as simply HLN, eventually focused on live news coverage supplemented by personality-based programs during the evening and primetime hours.

CNN+ (CNN Plus) was a Spanish language 24-hour television news channel that was launched in 1999 as a joint venture by Sogecable and Turner Broadcasting. It went off the air at the end of December 28, 2010. The management announced that CNN+ would be closed on December 31, 2010.[33]

Major events

Gulf War

The Gulf War in 1990–1991 was a watershed event for CNN that catapulted the channel past the "Big Three" American networks in viewership for the first time in its history, largely due to an unprecedented, historical scoop: CNN was the only news outlet with the ability to communicate from inside Iraq during the initial hours of the Coalition bombing campaign, with live reports from the al-Rashid Hotel in Baghdad by reporters Bernard Shaw, John Holliman and Peter Arnett.[34]

The moment when bombing began was announced on CNN by Shaw on January 16, 1991, as follows:[35]

This is Bernie Shaw. Something is happening outside. ... Peter Arnett, join me here. Let's describe to our viewers what we're seeing... The skies over Baghdad have been illuminated. ... We're seeing bright flashes going off all over the sky.

Unable to immediately broadcast live pictures from Baghdad, CNN's coverage of the initial hours of the Gulf War had the dramatic feel of a radio broadcast – and was compared[by whom?] to CBS news anchor Edward R. Murrow's live radio reports of the German bombing of London during World War II.[36] Despite the lack of live pictures, CNN's coverage was carried by television stations and networks around the world, resulting in CNN being watched by over a billion viewers worldwide.[37]

The Gulf War coverage brought CNN some much sought-after legitimacy, and made household names of previously obscure reporters. Shaw, known for his live-from-Bagdhad reporting during the Gulf War, became CNN's chief anchor until his retirement in 2001.[38][39] Others include then–Pentagon correspondent Wolf Blitzer (now host of The Situation Room since August 8th 2005) and international correspondent Christiane Amanpour. Amanpour's presence in Iraq was caricatured by actress Nora Dunn as ruthless reporter Adriana Cruz in the 1999 film Three Kings. Time Warner–owned sister network HBO later produced a television movie, Live from Baghdad, about CNN's coverage of the first Gulf War.[40]

Coverage of the first Gulf War and other crises of the early 1990s (particularly the infamous Battle of Mogadishu) led officials at the Pentagon to coin the term "the CNN effect" to describe the perceived impact of real time, 24-hour news coverage on the decision-making processes of the American government.[41]

September 11 attacks

CNN was the first cable news channel to break the news of the September 11 attacks.[42]AnchorCarol Lin was on the air to deliver the first public report of the event. She broke into a commercial at 8:49 a.m. Eastern Time that morning and said:

This just in. You are looking at obviously a very disturbing live shot there. That is the World Trade Center, and we have unconfirmed reports this morning that a plane has crashed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center. CNN Center right now is just beginning to work on this story, obviously calling our sources and trying to figure out exactly what happened, but clearly something relatively devastating happening this morning there on the south end of the island of Manhattan. That is once again, a picture of one of the towers of the World Trade Center.

Sean Murtagh, CNN vice president of finance and administration, was the first network employee on the air.[43] He called into CNN Center from his office at CNN's New York City bureau, and reported that a commercial jet had hit the Trade Center.[44]

Daryn Kagan and Leon Harris were live on the air just after 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time as the second plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center and through an interview with CNN correspondent David Ensor, reported the news that U.S. officials determined "that this is a terrorist act."[45] Later, Aaron Brown and Judy Woodruff anchored through the day and night as the attacks unfolded, winning an Edward R. Murrow award for the network.[46] Brown had just joined CNN from ABC to serve as the breaking news anchor. CNN has made archival files of much of the day's broadcast available in five segments, plus an overview.

2008 U.S. election

Leading up to the 2008 U.S. presidential election, CNN devoted large amounts of its coverage to politics, including hosting candidate debates during the Democratic and Republican primary seasons. On June 3 and 5, 2007, CNN teamed up with Saint Anselm College to sponsor the New Hampshire Republican and Democratic Debates.[47] Later that year, the channel hosted the first CNN/YouTube presidential debates, a non-traditional format where viewers were invited to pre-submit questions over the internet via the YouTube video-sharing service.[48] In 2008, CNN partnered with the Los Angeles Times to host two primary debates leading up to its coverage of Super Tuesday.[49] CNN's debate and election night coverage led to its highest ratings of the year, with January 2008 viewership averaging 1.1 million viewers, a 41% increase over the previous year.[49]

2016 U.S. election

Driven by live coverage of the year's U.S. presidential election, 2016 was CNN's most-watched year in its history.[50] Throughout the campaign, the network aired unedited coverage of many of the Trump campaign rallies. Aides for Republican candidates Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Ted Cruz accused CNN President Jeff Zucker of undermining their candidates during the Republican primaries.[51] After the election, Zucker acknowledged that it was a mistake to air so many of the campaign rallies.[52] CNN also drew criticism[53] during the election for hiring former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who was still being paid by and was effectively working on behalf of the campaign.[54]

The presidency of Donald Trump has led to many prominent controversies involving CNN. The network was accused by critics of giving disproportionate amounts of coverage to Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. CNN president Jeff Zucker defended CNN against the criticism, commenting that out of the Republican candidates, Trump was the most willing to give on-air interviews. Trump commented upon the allegations during his speech at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), jokingly referring to CNN as the "Clinton News Network".[55][56]

In January 2017, CNN reported that Trump had been briefed on a classified dossier which detailed compromising personal and financial information allegedly obtained by the Russian government. While CNN did not publish the dossier, Trump criticized the network during a press conference the following day, and refused to take a question from CNN reporter Jim Acosta, claiming that the network was "fake news".[57] On June 26, 2017, CNN investigative journalists Thomas Frank, Eric Lichtblau, and Lex Haris voluntarily resigned after the network retracted an online article which incorrectly connected Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci to a $10 billion Russian investment fund. The network apologized to Scaramucci and admitted that the online story did not meet their editorial standards.[58] Zucker responded by stressing that the network needs to "play error-free ball" when it comes to any future stories about Trump.[59]

In July 2017, Trump posted a video on Twitter of himself tackling Vince McMahon on the ground during WrestleMania 23, edited to replace McMahon's face with the CNN logo. The clip was considered to be a further expression of his opinions regarding the network's quality of coverage. Several media columnists and Democratic politicians condemned the retweeted video, concerned that its substance—given the tone of some of Trump's criticism of mainstream media outlets for what he deems as unfavorable coverage of him, and his presidency—could encourage some of his extreme right-wing supporters to commit violence against journalists from outlets outside of the conservative media spectrum.[60][61] CNN also faced criticism[62] over an investigation that identified the Reddit user (associated with a Trump-focused community on the service, r/The_Donald) who had allegedly created the video, facing accusations that they had blackmailed the user.[63]

Later that month, a group of Democratic senators, led by Amy Klobuchar, issued a request for information over allegations that the Trump administration was planning to use CNN as "leverage for political gain" in the process of clearing the proposed acquisition of its parent company Time Warner by AT&T—a purchase which was first announced in October 2016.[64][65]The Daily Caller reported that, in particular, the administration was seeking the removal of Jeff Zucker as CNN president. Although Trump had promised to block the acquisition entirely during his presidential campaign, Trump's transition team later stated that the government planned to evaluate the deal without prejudice.[66][67][68][69]

Following the announcement of the acquisition, AT&T CEO Randall L. Stephenson stated that the company was "committed to continuing the editorial independence of CNN".[70] In August 2017, Deadline Hollywood reported that AT&T had considered spinning off CNN and its stake in TMZ post-acquisition.[70] In October 2017, Stephenson downplayed the possibility that the ongoing tensions between Trump and CNN could affect the deal, stating that he "[didn't] know what the relevance of CNN is in terms of an antitrust review", and that AT&T did not plan to make managerial changes to Time Warner properties that were operating well, such as CNN.[71] Later that month, CNN launched a new promotional campaign, "Facts First", in an effort to combat negative perceptions over the quality of its reporting. Using an apple to demonstrate metaphors for fake news and "alternative facts" (in particular, suggesting that one could persistently opine that the apple was actually a banana), the ads publicize a commitment to prioritizing accurate, fact-based reporting before presenting opinions on a particular story.[72][73] The ad became the subject of parodies, including one by The Daily Caller (which reversed the ad, and amended the slogan with "unless we are reporting on Trump"), and Stephen Colbert (which closed with the line "Now orange you ready to impeach?"), and was criticized by conservative publishers, Republican politicians, and on social media.[74][75][76][77]

On November 6, 2017, Stephenson met with Makan Delrahim, assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, to discuss antitrust and concentration of media ownership concerns surrounding the acquisition, and possible options for satisfying them.[78][79] Two days later, major media outlets publicly reported that the Justice Department had recommended that either the entire Turner Broadcasting System unit, or DirecTV, be divested as a condition of the merger. The Financial Times went further, stating that it had specifically demanded the divestment of CNN.[80][81][78][82] Stephenson denied these reports, stating that he never offered to, nor had any intentions to sell CNN.[83][84] CNN's media correspondent Brian Stelter noted that media outlets were interpreting the alleged recommendations as being either a genuine concern for AT&T's scale following the merger, or a retaliatory measure by the Trump administration against CNN.[78]

At the DealBook conference in New York City the next day, Stephenson denied that the department had demanded the divestment of CNN at all (stating that he had "never been told that the price of getting the deal done was selling CNN"), and that the company aimed to "get to a negotiated settlement". However, he stated that if they were unable to do so, AT&T was "prepared to litigate".[85][78] In a statement to CNBC, a Department of Justice official backed Stephenson, denying that there were any specific demands to divest CNN during the discussion, and considering the claims to be "shocking" and an attempt to politicize the situation. The official added that the department had officially recommended either abandoning the deal entirely, or divesting DirecTV or Turner, but that it was open to other options for quelling antitrust concerns.[79] The same day, the watchdog group Protect Democracy sued the Department of Justice to seek information on whether the Trump administration had "improperly interfered with the Department's review of the merger between AT&T and Time Warner, or has acted in that matter based on the President's personal dislike of CNN's protected speech." The group had issued a Freedom of Information Act request for these details, but the department had not responded.[86] On November 20, 2017, the Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit over the acquisition.[87]

2018–present: under WarnerMedia

After District of Columbia U.S. District Court judge Richard J. Leon ruled in favor of AT&T in the lawsuit, AT&T completed its acquisition of Time Warner on June 14, 2018, and renamed the company WarnerMedia.[88]

In March 2019, WarnerMedia announced a reorganization that effectively dissolved Turner Broadcasting, and CNN became part of the new WarnerMedia News & Sports division. Jeff Zucker was named head of the new division, which added Turner Sports and the AT&T SportsNetregional sports networks to his remit.[89]

On May 6, 2019, CNN began to broadcast programming from its new studios at 30 Hudson Yards, which succeeded the Time Warner Center as the broadcaster's Manhattan headquarters and incorporating international news into this programming.[90][91] Meanwhile, in late May 2019, CNN International announced it was reducing its programming and staff based in London to reduce costs, citing losses of $10 million per-year.[92]

On May 29, 2020, the CNN Center became the scene of rioting in response to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, four days earlier. Rioters vandalized the CNN logo in the front of the building, broke glass windows, threw objects at officers, and damaged Atlanta Police Department vehicles before entering the building and destroying portions of the interior.[93][94]

In 2021, the company announced it would launch its own streaming service, called CNN Plus, in the first quarter of 2022. CNN stated the service would launch in the US only. There will be no ad-supported free version on launch with access only for paid subscribers.[95]


See also: List of programs broadcast by CNN

CNN's current weekday schedule consists mostly of rolling news programming during daytime hours, followed by in-depth news and information programs during the evening and prime time hours. The network's morning programming consists of Early Start, an early-morning news program hosted by Christine Romans and Laura Jarrett at 5–6 a.m. ET, which is followed by New Day, the network's morning show, hosted by John Berman and Brianna Keilar at 6–9 a.m. ET. Most of CNN's late-morning and early afternoon programming consists of CNN Newsroom, a rolling news program hosted by Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow in the morning and Ana Cabera, Victor Blackwell, and Alisyn Camerota in the afternoon. In between the editions of Newsroom, At This Hour with Kate Bolduan airs at 11 a.m. to noon Eastern, followed by Inside Politics with John King, hosted by John King at noon Eastern.[96]

CNN's late afternoon and early evening lineup consists of The Lead with Jake Tapper, hosted by Jake Tapper at 4-6 p.m. Eastern and The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, hosted by Wolf Blitzer at 6 p.m. ET. The network's evening and primetime lineup shifts towards more in-depth programming, including Erin Burnett OutFront at 7 p.m. ET,[97] and Anderson Cooper 360° at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Cuomo Prime Time with Chris Cuomo at 9 p.m., and Don Lemon Tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern. Overnight programming consists of reruns of the primetime lineup, and an overnight simulcast of the CNN International version of CNN Newsroom from Atlanta.[citation needed]

Weekend primetime is dedicated mostly to factual programming, such as documentary specials and miniseries, and documentary-style reality series (such as Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and United Shades of America), as well as acquired documentary films presented under the banner CNN Films. The network's weekend morning programming consists of CNN Newsroom (simulcast from CNN International) at 4–6 a.m. ET, which is followed by the weekend editions of New Day, hosted by Christi Paul and Boris Sanchez, which airs every Saturday at 6–9 a.m. ET and Sunday at 6–8 a.m. ET, and the network's Saturday program Smerconish with Michael Smerconish at 9 a.m. Eastern. Sunday morning lineup consists primarily of political talk shows, including Inside Politics Sunday, hosted by Abby Phillip at 8 a.m. Eastern and State of the Union, co-hosted by Jake Tapper and Dana Bash at 9 a.m. Eastern and replay at noon Eastern[98] and the international affairs program Fareed Zakaria GPS, hosted by Fareed Zakaria at 10 a.m. Eastern and replay at 1 p.m. Eastern, and the media analysis program Reliable Sources, hosted by Brian Stelter at 11 a.m. Eastern. Weekend programming other than aforementioned slots is filled with CNN Newsroom by Fredricka Whitfield, Jim Acosta, Pamela Brown, and other rolling anchors.[citation needed]

For the 2014–15 season, after cancelling Piers Morgan Tonight (which, itself, replaced the long-running Larry King Live), CNN experimented with running factual and reality-style programming during the 9:00 p.m. ET hour, such as John Walsh's The Hunt, This Is Life with Lisa Ling, and Mike Rowe's Somebody's Gotta Do It. Jeff Zucker explained that this new lineup was intended to shift CNN away from a reliance on pundit-oriented programs, and attract younger demographics to the network. Zucker stated that the 9:00 p.m. hour could be pre-empted during major news events for expanded coverage. These changes coincided with the introduction of a new imaging campaign for the network, featuring the slogan "Go there".[99][100][101] In May 2014, CNN premiered The Sixties, a documentary miniseries produced by Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman which chronicled the United States in the 1960s. Owing to its success, CNN commissioned follow-ups focusing on other decades.[102][103][104][105]Anderson Cooper 360° was expanded to run two hours long, from 8 PM to 10 PM.[106]

By 2019, CNN had produced at least 35 original series. Alongside the Hanks/Goetzman franchise (including the 2018 spin-off 1968), CNN has aired other documentary miniseries relating to news and U.S. policies, such as The Bush Years, and American Dynasties: The Kennedys—which saw the highest ratings of any CNN original series premiere to-date, with 1.7 million viewers. Parts Unknown concluded after the 2018 death by suicide of its host Anthony Bourdain; CNN announced several new miniseries and docuseries for 2019, including American Style (a miniseries produced by the digital media company Vox Media),[107]The Redemption Project with Van Jones, Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta, Tricky Dick (a miniseries chronicling Richard Nixon), The Movies (a spin-off of the Hanks/Goetzman decades miniseries), and Once in a Great City: Detroit 1962-64.[108][109]

On-air presentation

CNN began broadcasting in the high definition1080i resolution format in September 2007.[110] This format is now standard for CNN and is available on all major cable and satellite providers.

The CNN Election Express bus, used for broadcasts.

CNN's political coverage in HD was first given mobility by the introduction of the CNN Election Express bus in October 2007. The Election Express vehicle, capable of five simultaneous HD feeds, was used for the channel's CNN-YouTube presidential debates and for presidential candidate interviews.[111]

In December 2008, CNN introduced a comprehensive redesign of its on-air appearance, which replaced an existing style that had been used since 2004. On-air graphics took a rounded, flat look in a predominantly black, white, and red color scheme, and the introduction of a new box next to the CNN logo for displaying show logos and segment-specific graphics, rather than as a large banner above the lower-third. The redesign also replaced the scrolling ticker with a static "flipper", which could either display a feed of news headlines (both manually inserted and taken from the RSS feeds of, or "topical" details related to a story.[112][113]

CNN's next major redesign was introduced on January 10, 2011, replacing the dark, flat appearance of the 2008 look with a glossier, blue and white color scheme, and moving the secondary logo box to the opposite end of the screen. Additionally, the network began to solely produce its programming in the 16:9 aspect ratio, with standard definition feeds using a letterboxed version of the HD feed.[113] On February 18, 2013, the "flipper" was dropped and reverted to a scrolling ticker; originally displayed as a blue background with white text, the ticker was reconfigured a day later with blue text on a white background to match the look of the 'flipper'.[114]

On August 11, 2014, CNN introduced a new graphics package, dropping the glossy appearance for a flat, rectangular scheme incorporating red, white, and black colors, and the Gotham typeface. The ticker now alternates between general headlines and financial news from CNN Business, and the secondary logo box was replaced with a smaller box below the CNN bug, which displays either the title, hashtag, or Twitter handle for the show being aired or its anchor.[115] In April 2016, CNN began to introduce a new corporate typeface, known as "CNN Sans", across all of its platforms. Inspired by Helvetica Neue and commissioned after consultations with Troika Design Group, the font family consists of 30 different versions with varying weights and widths to facilitate use across print, television, and digital mediums.[116]

In August 2016, CNN announced the launch of CNN Aerial Imagery and Reporting (CNN AIR), a drone-based news collecting operation to integrate aerial imagery and reporting across all CNN branches and platforms, along with Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner entities.[117]


Main article: List of CNN personnel

On July 27, 2012, CNN president Jim Walton announced he was resigning after 30 years at the network. Walton remained with CNN until the end of that year.[118] In January 2013, former NBCUniversal President Jeff Zucker replaced Walton.[119]

On January 29, 2013, longtime political analysts James Carville and Mary Matalin, and fellow political contributor Erick Erickson were let go by CNN.[120]

Other platforms


CNN launched its website, (initially known as CNN Interactive), on August 30, 1995.[121] The site attracted growing interest over its first decade and is now one of the most popular news websites in the world. The widespread growth of blogs, social media and user-generated content have influenced the site, and blogs in particular have focused CNN's previously scattershot online offerings, most noticeably in the development and launch of CNN Pipeline in late 2005.[citation needed]

In April 2009, ranked third place among online global news sites in unique users in the U.S., according to Nielsen/NetRatings; with an increase of 11% over the previous year.[122]

CNN Pipeline was the name of a paid subscription service, its corresponding website, and a content delivery client that provided streams of live video from up to four sources (or "pipes"), on-demand access to CNN stories and reports, and optional pop-up "news alerts" to computer users. The installable client was available to users of PCs running Microsoft Windows. There was also a browser-based "web client" that did not require installation. The service was discontinued in July 2007, and was replaced with a free streaming service.[123]

On April 18, 2008, was targeted by Chinese hackers in retaliation for the channel's coverage on the 2008 Tibetan unrest. CNN reported that they took preventive measures after news broke of the impending attack.[124][125]

The company was honored at the 2008 Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for development and implementation of an integrated and portable IP-based live, edit and store-and-forward digital news gathering (DNG) system.[126] The first use of what would later win CNN this award was in April 2001 when CNN correspondent Lisa Rose Weaver[127] covered, and was detained,[128] for the release of the U.S. Navy crew of a damaged electronic surveillance plane after the Hainan Island incident. The technology consisted of a videophone produced by 7E Communications Ltd of London, UK.[129] This DNG workflow is used today by the network to receive material worldwide using an AppleMacBook Pro, various prosumer and professional digital cameras, software from Streambox Inc., and BGAN terminals from Hughes Network Systems.[citation needed]

On October 24, 2009, CNN launched a new version of the website; the revamped site included the addition of a new "sign up" option, in which users can create their own username and profile, and a new "CNN Pulse" (beta) feature, along with a new red color theme.[130] However, most of the news stories archived on the website were deleted.


The topical news program Judy Woodruff's Inside Politics was the first CNN program to feature a round-up of blogs in 2005.[131] Blog coverage was expanded when Inside Politics was folded into The Situation Room (Inside Politics later returned to CNN in 2014, this time hosted by the network's chief national correspondent John King.[citation needed]). In 2006, CNN launched CNN Exchange and CNN iReport, initiatives designed to further introduce and centralize the impact of everything from blogging to citizen journalism within the CNN brand. CNN iReport which features user-submitted photos and video, has achieved considerable traction, with increasingly professional-looking reports filed by amateur journalists, many still in high school or college. The iReport gained more prominence when observers of the Virginia Tech shootings sent-in first hand photos of what was going on during the shootings.[132]

In April 2010, CNN announced via Twitter that it would launch a food blog called "Eatocracy," which will "cover all news related to food – from recalls to health issues to culture."[133] CNN had an internet relay chat (IRC) network at CNN placed a live chat with Benjamin Netanyahu on the network in 1998.[134]

CNNHealth consists of expert doctors answering viewers' questions online at CNN's "The Chart" blog website. Contributors include Drs. Sanjay Gupta (Chief Medical Correspondent), Charles Raison (Mental Health Expert), Otis Brawley (Conditions Expert), Melina Jampolis (Diet and Fitness Expert), Jennifer Shu (Living Well Expert), and Elizabeth Cohen (Senior Medical Correspondent).[135]

Other digital offerings

In early 2008, CNN began maintaining a live streaming broadcast available to cable and satellite subscribers who receive CNN at home (a precursor to the TV Everywhere services that would become popularized by cable and satellite providers beginning with Time Warner's incorporation of the medium).[136] CNN International is broadcast live, as part of the RealNetworks SuperPass subscription service outside the U.S. CNN also offers several RSS feeds and podcasts.

CNN also has multiple channels in the popular video-sharing site YouTube, but those videos can only be viewed in the United States, a source of criticism among YouTube users worldwide. In 2014, CNN launched a radio version of their television programming on TuneIn Radio.[137] The network also hosts CNN-10, a daily 10-minute video show visible at the CNN website or YouTube. It replaced the long-running show CNN Student News which had been aired since 1989.[138] It is aimed at a global audience of students, teachers, and adults, and is hosted by Carl Azuz.[139]

On March 7, 2017, CNN announced the official launch of its virtual reality unit named CNNVR. It will produce 360 videos to its Android and iOS apps within CNN Digital.[140][141] It is planning to cover major news events with the online, and digital news team in New York City, Atlanta, London, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Dubai, Johannesburg, Tokyo, and Beijing.[142]

CNN Newsource offices at the CNN Center in Atlanta.

CNN Newsource is a subscription-based affiliation video service that provides CNN content to television station affiliates with CNN, including terrestrial stations and international stations. Newsource allows affiliates to download video from CNN, as well as from other affiliates who upload their video to Newsource.

CNN also maintains a wire service known as CNN Wire.[143]

CNN's digital storefront, which sells branded merchandise, household goods, and software, is operated by StackCommerce via partnership.


Starting in late 2010, the high definition feed of CNN US was launched in Japan for American viewers under the name "CNN/US HD",[144] and is distributed by Japan Cable Television (JCTV) to several different multi-channel TV providers, such as J:COM, SKY PerfecTV!, iTSCOM and the JCTVWiFi service.[145]


Main article: Beme

On November 28, 2016, CNN announced the acquisition of Beme for a reported $25 million.[146] On November 29, 2016, Matt Hackett, co-founder of Beme, announced via an email to its users that the Beme app would be shutting down on January 31, 2017.[147] Since the shutdown of the app, it was announced that CNN intended to use the current talent behind Beme to work on a separate start-up endeavor. Beme's current team will retain full creative control of the new project, which was slated to release in summer 2017.[148] Beme have also brought on other internet stars such as the host of Vsauce 3, Jake Roper, as head of production, who features prominently in Beme co-founder Casey Neistat's vlogs.[149]Beme News has since begun uploading news related video on YouTube.[150]


Main article: CNN Films

In October 2012, CNN formed a film division called CNN Films to distribute and produce made-for-TV and feature documentaries. Its first acquisition was a documentary entitled Girl Rising, a documentary narrated by Meryl Streep that focused on the struggles of girls' education.[151]


In July 2014, Cumulus Media announced that it would end its partnership with ABC News Radio, and enter into a new partnership with CNN to syndicate national and international news content for its stations through Westwood One beginning in 2015, including access to a wire service, and digital content for its station websites. This service is unbranded, allowing individual stations to integrate the content with their own news brands.[152]

As of February 2019, the audio simulcast of CNN is distributed on Entercom's website and app.[153]

Specialized channels

See also: Specialty channel

Post production editing offices in Atlanta.

Over the years, CNN has launched spin-off networks in the United States and other countries. Channels that currently operate as of 2021[update] include:

Former channels

CNN has also launched television and online ventures that are no longer in operation, including:

Future channels

CNN Portugal: On May 24, 2021, it was announced that CNN Portugal would be created with the Portuguese channel TVI.[159]


CNN launched two specialty news channels for the American market which would later close amid competitive pressure: the sports news channel CNNSI shut down in 2002, while business news channel CNNfn shut down after nine years on the air in December 2004. CNN had a partnership with Sports Illustrated through the sports website, but sold the domain name in May 2015.[160] CNNfn's former website used to redirect to, a product of CNN's strategic partnership with Money magazine. Money and Sports Illustrated were both Time Warner properties until 2014, when the company's magazine division was spun off into the separate Time Inc.[161]

CNN also launched "Great Big Story" in November 2015 to produce content tailored toward younger viewers. It was eventually shut down in September 2020[162] after building a following of nearly 6 million followers on both Facebook and YouTube.[163]


CNN operates bureaus in the following cities as of July 2021[update].[164]

United States

  • Atlanta, Georgia (World Headquarters)
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Miami, Florida
  • New York City, New York
  • San Francisco, California
  • Washington, D.C. (federalcapital city)


  • Abu Dhabi, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Amman, Jordan
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Beijing, China
  • Beirut, Lebanon
  • Berlin (federalcapital city), Germany
  • Buenos Aires (federalcapital city), Argentina
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Dubai, Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Havana, Cuba
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • South Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Jerusalem, Israel and Palestine
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Mexico City (federalcapital city), Mexico
  • Moscow (federalcapital city), Russia
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • New Delhi, India
  • Paris, France
  • Rome, Italy
  • Santiago, Chile
  • São Paulo City, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Tokyo, Japan

In parts of the world without a CNN bureau, reports from local affiliate station the network will be used to file a story.

Awards and honors

2021: CNN won a George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting for their reporting on the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China and later under quarantine in Beijing.[165] CNN and Clarissa Ward were named finalists for the duPont-Columbia Award for their "Russia’s Secret Influence Campaigns" investigation.[166]

2020: CNN's Ed Lavandera was awarded a Peabody for "The Hidden Workforce: Undocumented in America."[167] CNN Films was awarded a Peabody for the documentary "Apollo 11."[167]

2019: The USC Annenberg School awarded CNN with a Walter Cronkite Award for its Parkland Town Hall.[168]

2018: CNN won a network-record six news & documentary Emmy Awards. They are, Outstanding Breaking News Coverage, Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Newscast, Outstanding Live Interview, Outstanding Hard News Feature Story in a Newscast, Outstanding News Special, Outstanding Science, Medical and Environmental Report.[169]

2018: CNN's Nima Elbagir to receive 2018 Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women's Media Foundation.[170]

2018: CNN received the George Polk Award for Foreign Television Reporting for uncovering a hidden modern-day slave auction of African refugees in Libya. Reporting done by Nima Elbagir and Raja Razek.[171][172]

2018: CNN received the Overseas Press Club of America David Kaplan Award for best TV or video spot news reporting from abroad for reporting on the fall of ISIS. Reporting done by Nick Paton Walsh and Arwa Damon.[173]

2017: CNN received the Prince Rainier III Special Prize at Monte Carlo TV Festival for the documentary, Midway: A Plastic Island about sea pollution.[174][175]

1998: CNN received the Four Freedom Award for the Freedom of Speech.[176]

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UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.26.2018





NETWORK FINALS:  SURVIVOR and CHICAGO FIRE gained 0.1 in final numbers, while STAR lost the same.





Broadcast Official Nationals Program Ratings Chart  


CABLE HIGHLIGHTS:  FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE stabilized somewhat after last week’s big drop, down 0.15 to 0.92.  Comedy Central’s SOUTH PARK returned at 0.66, down a big three-tenths from the 2017 premiere, but still enough after a cable premiere of Netflix’s BOJACK HORSEMAN at 0.22, to propel THE DAILY SHOW into a #17 ranking at 0.28.  On VH1, BLACK INK CREW was at 0.58, compared to last week’s 0.69/0.58, and SAFEWORD was down 0.03 to 0.28.  MSNBC’s RACHEL MADDOW SHOW edged out a demo lead in cable news at 0.41/0.59/3.5M, with Fox News’s HANNITY at 0.40/0.71/4.5M, and CNN’s SITUATION ROOM at 0.26/0.33/1.3M.  History’s FORGED IN FIRE gained 0.05 to 0.40, with another episode at 0.22.  On ID, HOMICIDE HUNTER rose 0.07 to 0.35, and WHAT LIES BENEATH returned at 0.31.  Nickelodeon’s early evening SPONGEBOB was at 0.33.  TBS’s FULL FRONTAL gained 0.04 to 0.29.  On HGTV, PROPERTY BROTHERS was steady at 0.29, HOUSE HUNTERS lost 0.04 to 0.25, and HOUSE HUNTERS INTL was down 0.03 to 0.24.  On MTV, ARE YOU THE ONE climbed 0.03 to 0.27, and TEEN MOM was down 0.06 to 0.23.  Bravo’s REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DALLAS rose 0.03 to 0.27.  Food Network’s GUY’S GROCERY GAMES ticked down to 0.22, and BIG FOOD TRUCK TIP was at 0.16/0.15, compared to last week’s 0.19/0.19.  FXX’s IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHA fell 0.05 to 0.20.  E!’s TOTAL DIVAS dropped 0.03 to 0.17.  El Rey’s LUCHA UNDERGROUND was steady at 0.02/89K.  

Top 50 Original Cable Telecasts with Demographic Detail

Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts
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3BLACK INK CREW 7VH110:00 PM610.581,109
16SAFEWORD SSN2VH111:01 PM300.28542
18ARE YOU THE ONE SSN 7MTV10:01 PM610.27463
20LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELLMSNBC10:00 PM600.262,668
21SITUATION ROOMCNN6:00 PM600.261,341
24ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYESMSNBC8:00 PM600.252,221
27CUOMO PRIME TIMECNN9:00 PM600.251,583
28ANDERSON COOPER 360CNN8:00 PM600.241,428
37CNN TONIGHTCNN10:00 PM600.221,288
39SITUATION ROOMCNN5:00 PM600.201,383
41BEAT W/ARI MELBERMSNBC6:20 PM400.191,920
42CNN TONIGHTCNN11:00 PM600.19941
43FIRST TAKE   L: N/AESPN10:00 AM1200.18447
4911TH HOUR W/B. WILLIAMSMSNBC11:00 PM600.181,891
52WOLFCNN1:00 PM600.171,055
56TOTAL DIVASE!9:00 PM600.17390
66CNN NEWSROOMCNN2:00 PM600.151,032
70CNN NEWSROOMCNN3:00 PM600.151,037
72SPORTSCENTER AM      LESPN7:00 AM600.15297
73CONANTBS NETWORK11:00 PM600.14347
74GET UP   L: N/AESPN8:00 AM1200.14350
75SPORTSCENTER AM      LESPN12:00 PM600.14343
79NFL LIVE                LESPN1:30 PM900.13321
82NBA: THE JUMP  LESPN3:00 PM600.12299
85OTL – FIRST REPORT   LESPN1:00 PM300.12267
86MSNBC LIVE W/K.TURMSNBC2:00 PM600.121,318
87NEW DAYCNN7:00 AM600.11607
89MORNING JOE: N/AMSNBC6:00 AM1800.111,073
90CNN NEWSROOMCNN10:00 AM600.11726
92SPORTSCENTER 1AM        LESPN12:57 AM630.11288
93NEW DAYCNN8:00 AM600.11644
94AT THIS HOURCNN11:00 AM600.11711
97SPORTSCENTER LATE       LESPN211:00 PM600.10243
99SPORTSCENTER 12AM  LESPN212:00 AM600.10233
100MSNBC LIVE W/ S.RUHLEMSNBC9:00 AM600.101,041
101CNN NEWSROOMCNN9:00 AM600.10665
108NEW DAYCNN6:00 AM600.09498
113SYFY MOVIE: TRUST, THESYFY12:30 AM1200.08222
114UNDISPUTED L: 508FOX SPORTS 19:30 AM1500.08160
115FIRST TAKE: N/AESPN212:00 PM1200.07136
116E! NEWSE!7:00 PM600.07268
119SPORTSCENTER PRIME    LESPN210:32 PM280.07167
129NFL LIVEESPN23:00 PM600.06138
130E! NEWSE!11:00 PM600.06164
132SPORTSCENTER AM      LESPN29:00 AM600.06114
137E! NEWS: DAILY POP IE!12:00 PM600.05108
140GET UP: N/AESPN210:00 AM1200.0594
143BECCAS BUNCHNICK JR3:00 PM300.04247
146FIRST THINGS FIRST L: 273FOX SPORTS 16:30 AM1800.0485
149MLB WED NIGHT – LATE    LESPN210:06 PM260.04138




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Fox News Tops August Ratings As Most Watched Cable Network

September 28th, 2021

CNN Beats MSNBC in Prime Time, Total Day, Dayside and Weekends During 3Q in Demo

Erin Burnett Outfront, Anderson Cooper 360and Don Lemon Tonight Surpass MSNBC in 25-54;

Cuomo Prime Time Posts CNN’s Highest Delivery in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 this Quarter

CNN also Tops MSNBC inSeptember in Weekday Prime Time and All Other Dayparts in Demo 25-54

CNN beat MSNBC in Total Day, prime time, dayside and on weekends in the key demographic adults 25-54 during the third quarter according to Nielsen data.  CNN is also a top 10 cable network in total viewers across every daypart in 3Q. CNN’s Original Series History of the Sitcom and Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury finished their seasons ranking #1 and #2 respectively in cable news during the quarter across all demos.  During the month of September, CNN topped MSNBC in weekday prime time as well as the other dayparts. CNN continues to have the youngest audience in cable news in Total Day and prime time and reaches the largest cumulative TV audience among both total viewers and 25-54, 2021-to-date.  CNN’s digital platforms are also having record numbers, making CNN the most watched and most used news and information brand in the world.

(Of note:  All CNN, FNC and MSNBC dayparts and programs are registering double-digit declines compared to 3Q a year ago due to the heightened news cycle from the coronavirus pandemic and political events and news pegged to the upcoming November 2020 presidential election.)


3Q: Dayparts

  • In Total Day (6am-6am)CNN once again easily surpassed MSNBC in the key demo adults 25-54 (131k vs. MSNBC’s 95k) during 3Q.  CNN has now topped MSNBC for nine straight quarters in Total Day demo 25-54.
  • In Prime Time (M-Su 8-11pm), CNN beat MSNBC (190k vs. 156k) among 25-54, for the seventh consecutive quarter.
  •  During Dayside (9am-4pm),CNN outperformed MSNBC for 36 straight quarters averaging 156k vs. 94k in the demo. The network also ranked #2 in ALL of cable (not just news) during the day in total viewers this quarter.
  • On Weekends, CNN topped MSNBC in Total Day and prime time in both demos during 3Q.  In Total Day, CNN topped MSNBC in total viewers (562k vs. 404k), now for eight straight quarters and in the demo 114k vs. 53k (for 30 consecutive quarters).  In prime time, CNN surpassed MSNBC in total viewers (773k vs. 399k), also for eight straight quarters and in the demo (167k vs. 55k) for 28 consecutive quarters.  All of CNN’s Sunday morning public affairs programs topped MSNBC in the demo adults 25-54 during the 3Q. CNN beat MSNBC for all 24 hours on Saturdays and Sundays in adults 25-54 this quarter.


3Q: Weekday Programming

  • During the 8-9am hour, New Day with John Berman and Brianna Keilar surpassed MSNBC’s Morning Joe in the key demo adults 25-54 (110k vs. 107k) during 3Q. Early Start with Christine Romans and Laura Jarrett(5-6am) outperformed MSNBC by +33% in the demo (56k vs 42k) in the third quarter.
  • All CNN dayside programs (9am-4pm) beat MSNBC in the demo adults 25-54 including CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto (9-11am), At This Hour with Kate Bolduan (11am), Inside Politics with John King (noon), CNN Newsroom with Ana Cabrera (1pm) and CNN Newsroom with Alisyn Camerota and Victor Blackwell(2-4pm).  
  • The Lead with Jake Tapper at 4pm easily topped MSNBC this quarter in the coveted demo adults 25-54 (174k vs. 131k, +33%) now for the second consecutive quarter.  At 5pm, the Tapper-led program had a +33% advantage over MSNBC (186k vs. 140k).
  • The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer (6pm) surpassed MSNBC this quarter in the key demographic adults 25-54 (173k vs. 147k), posting a +18% advantage.  The Blitzer-led hour has now topped MSNBC for seven consecutive quarters in the demo.
  • Erin Burnett Outfront  (7pm) had a +23% advantage over MSNBC’s ReidOut in the key demo 25-54(192k vs. 156k) this quarter.  EBOF has now outperformed MSNBC for 13 consecutive quarters.
  • Anderson Cooper 360 (8pm) beat All in With Chris Hayes this quarter (211k vs. 172k, +23%), now outperforming MSNBC for the seventh consecutive quarter in the demo 25-54.
  • Cuomo Prime Timewith Chris Cuomo delivered the network’s highest viewership in total viewers (959k) and the demo 25-54 (212k) for 3Q.
  • Don LemonTonightoutperformed MSNBC’s this quarter at both 10pm and 11pm in the key demo 25-54.  At 10pm, the Lemon-led program surpassed MSNBC’s Last Word by 10% (193k vs. 176k) and has now outperformed Last Word for the seventh consecutive quarter. At 11pm, the program outranked MSNBC’s The 11th Hour with Brian Williams in the demo (157k vs. 149k, +5%).  DLT has now surpassed Williams for the third straight quarter among 25-54.


3Q: Weekend Programming

New Day Weekend with Christi Paul and Boris Sanchez surpassed MSNBC in either total viewers and/or the key demo adults 25-54 during its time period on Saturdays and Sundays this quarter.  Smerconish topped MSNBC on Saturday mornings at 9am in the key demo 25-54 (105k vs. 64k) and in total viewers (672k vs. 617k) in 3Q. On weekend afternoons/evenings, CNN Newsroom with Fredricka WhitfieldCNN Newsroom with Jim Acosta and CNN Newsroom with PamelaBrown ranked #2 in cable news, outperforming MSNBC in each of their respective hours on Saturdays/Sundays in total viewers and 25-54.  CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield ranked #1 on Sundays in the demo at 3pm.

On Sunday mornings, all CNN programs easilyoutperformed MSNBC this quarter.  Inside Politics with Abby Phillip (8am) topped MSNBC in the demo adults 25-54. State of the Union with Jake Tapper/Dana Bash (9am, noon), Fareed Zakaria GPS (10am, 1pm) and Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter (11am) all ranked #2 in cable news, topping MSNBC in both total viewers and the 25-54 demo during the quarter


CNN Original Series, Films and Special Programming Highlights 

3Q: CNN Original Series

  • History of the Sitcom (S1)ranked #1 in cable news its time period in total viewers, adults 25-54 and among 18-34.  The series averaged 320k among adults 25-54, 1.411 million in total viewers and 60k among 18-34 over its eight Sunday night 9pm and 10p premiere episodes.  The series outperformed MSNBC by triple digits in the demo 25-54 (+425%), in total viewers (+227%) and in younger viewers 18-34 (+567%).  It outperformed FNC total viewers by +5% and by double digits in the demo  (+92%) and by triple digits 18-34 (+140%).  History of the Sitcom was also up triple digits among adults 25-54 (+104%) vs. the prior four Sundays and double digits among 18-34 (+79%) and total viewers (+69%). The series was six years younger than FNC and fie years younger than MSNBC’s audience during the time period.
  • Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury (S1) ranked #2 across all demos in cable news, posting 868k in total viewers, 162k adults 25-54 and 35k among younger viewers 18-34 on Sundays at 10pm.  The series outperformed MSNBC by triple digits among 25-54 (+189%), total viewers (+126%) and 18-34 (+338%).  CNN’s audience was two years younger than FNC’s and MSNBC during the series.

(Note: Original Series data above represents most recent Live+3 and Live+7 data)


3Q: CNN Films/CNN Films Presents/CNN Films Shorts

  • The Lost Sons (9/29/21, 9-11pm) delivered 152k among adults 25-54, 796k among total viewers and 18k among 18-34 ranking #2 across cable news in its time period.
  • The Price of Freedom (9/19/21, 9-11pm)delivered 137k among adults 25-54, 534k among total viewers and 23k among 18-34 in the time period, ranking #2 in cable news across all demos.  The film outperformed MSNBC by double digits in total viewers, triple digits in 25-54 and quadruple digits in younger viewers (18-34).
  • 9/11 (updated)  (9/5/21, 8-10pm) delivered 222k in the key demo 25-54 and 45k in younger viewers (18-34), making the film the most-watched in cable news in those demos.  The film also averaged 1.148 million total viewers.
  • LFG (9/6/21, 9-11pm)delivered 123k among adult 25-54 ranking #2 in cable news and outperforming MSNBC by triple digits.  The film averaged 478k among total viewers and 16k among P18-34.
  • CNN Films Shorts which premiered on 7/31 and 8/7 from 9-10pm and included: 58 Hours: the Baby Jessica Story, Super Reviewers: Rate, Review, Repeat, The Bunker Room: Better Safe than Sorry and Lessons from the Water: Diving with a Purpose. In the 9-10pm hour when these film shorts premiered, CNN ranked #2 in the adult 25-54 demo.


3Q: Special Programming

September 2021

  • CNN Special Report:  Toxic: Britney Spears’ Battle for Freedom (9/26/21, 8-9pm) reported by Alisyn Camerota and Chloe Melas delivered 91k among adults 25-54 and 546k among total viewers outperforming MSNBC by double digits in both demos.
  • Champions for Change (9/25/21, 8-9pm) hosted by Victor Blackwell and Alisyn Camerota delivered 67k among adults 25-54 and 333k among total viewers, ranking #2 in the demo across cable news.
  • CNN Special Report:  Origins of Covid-19: Searching for the Source (9/19/21, 8-9pm) reported by Dr. Sanjay Gupta delivered 135k among adults 25-54 and 583 in total viewers, ranking #2 in cable news in the demo.
  • CNN Special Live Programming: The California Recall(9/14/21, 10pm-2am) delivered 280k among adults 25-54 and 871k in total viewers, ranking #2 in cable news in the demo during the time period.
  • CNN Special Report: America’s Longest War: What Went Wrong in Afghanistan(9/12/21, 9-11pm) reported by Jake Tapper delivered 104k among 25-54 and 521k among total viewers, ranking #2 in both demos for the time period.
  • Shine A Light (9/11/21, 8-9pm) hosted by Jake Tapper delivered 168k among 25-54 and 711k among total viewers, ranking #2 in 25-54 for the time period.
  • CNN Special Live Programming:  9/11: 20 Years Later (9/11/21, 8am-1pm) averaged 149k among 25-54 and 639k among total viewers.
  • Fareed Zakaria GPS Special:  Post-Covid-19 World (9/5/21, 10-11am) reported by Fareed Zakaria delivered 125k among 25-54 and 652k among total viewers, ranking #2 in cable news in both demos during the time period.
  • CNN Special Report:  Front Row to History: The 9/11 Classroom(9/5/21, 10-11pm) reported by Victor Blackwell delivered 223k among adults 25-54 and 639k in total viewers, ranking #2 in cable news for the time period.

August 2021 

  • We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert (8/21/21, 4-5pm, 5-7:45pm, 7:45-10:32pm) The pre-show delivered 125k among 25-54 and 678k among total viewers, ranking #2 in both the demo and total viewers for the time period. The Homecoming Concert delivered 309k among in 25-54 and 1.661m total viewers, ranking #1 in both demos for the time period.  The post-concert program hosted by Anderson Cooper delivered 268k among in the demo 25-54 and 1.242m among total viewers, ranking #2 in both demos for the time period.
  • Being… AOC with Dana Bash – (8/9/21, 9pm) delivered 220k among 25-54 and 719k in total viewers.

July 2021

  • CNN Special: Where Have All the Theme Songs Gone? (7/25/21, 8pm), hosted by Don Lemon delivered 101k among 25-54 and 499k among total viewers, ranking #2 across cable news in its time period.
  • CNN Special Report: Eating Planet Earth, the Future of your Food (7/23/21, 9pm), reported by CNN anchor and Chief Climate correspondent Bill Weir delivered 97k among adults 25-54 and 465k among total viewers.
  • CNN Town Hall with President Joe Biden(7/21/21, 8-9:20pm), moderated by CNN anchor Don Lemon delivered 343k in the key demo and 1.563 million total viewers and ranked #2 in cable news in the demo and among total viewers, topping MSNBC in the time period ( 343k vs. 212k / 1.563m vs. 1.540m).
  • CNN’s coverage of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Space Flight (7/20/21, 9-9:30am) delivered 257k among 25-54 and 1.245m among total viewers, ranking #2 in both demos for the time period.During the press conference that followed (11:45a-12:30p), CNN delivered 178k among 25-54 and 759k among total viewers, also ranking #2 in the demo for the time period. Anderson Cooper’s prime time interview with Bezos (8p-8:15p) CNN delivered 200k among 25-54 and 861k among total viewers.
  • CNN’s Fourth in America Special (7/4/21, 7pm), anchored by Dana Bash, Victor Blackwell, Ana Cabrera and Don Lemon ranked #1 across cable news among both total viewers and 25-54 during the full coverage block from 7pm-3am. The special also ranked #1 during FNC’s coverage block (8-10pM) among both demos (1.538m/329k) vs. FNV (1.241m/167k).
  • State of America: A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special (7/4/21, 10-11am) delivered 125k among 25-54 and 669k among total viewers, ranking #2 in both 25-54 and total viewers for the time period.


  • CNN topped MSNBC in Total Day among adults 25-54 in June, now for22 straight months.
  • The network also beat MSNBC in M-Su prime time in the demo for the 12th consecutive month among 25-54.
  • CNN outperformed MSNBC in weekday (M-F) prime time in the demo (205k vs. 198k), for the first time since April 2021.
  • CNN surpassed MSNBC in dayside in the demo 25-54 for the 91st straight month
  • On weekends, CNN easily outperformed MSNBC in weekend prime time and total day in both the demo and total viewers.
  • New Day with John Berman and Brianna Keilarbeat MSNBC’s Morning Joe in the 8-9am hour in the demo now for the fourth consecutive month. Early Start with Christine Romans andLaura Jarrett topped MSNBC in its time period.
  • All CNN’s daytime programs topped MSNBC, ranking #2 in cable news in the demo adults 25-54.
  • The Lead with Jake TapperThe Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett OutfrontAnderson Cooper 360 and Don Lemon Tonight all surpassed MSNBC in the demo in September.
  • Anderson Cooper 360 was CNN’s most-watched program for the month in the demo and among total viewers.
  • On weekends, New Day Weekend was #2 in the demo and CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield, Jim Acosta and Pam Brown ranked #2 in cable news in both total viewers and the demo 25-54 this month. Smerconish was #2 in both the demo and total viewers on Saturday.
  • On Sundays, Inside Politics with Abby Phillip, State of the Union surpassed MSNBC in the demo in this month.  State of the Union with Jake Tapper/Dana Bash, Fareed Zakaria GPS and Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter all ranked #2 in cable news in both the demo 25-54 and total viewers, outperforming MSNBC.

(Note:  All the cable news networks were down vs. last September)

Median Age

In Q3 2021, CNN’s TV audience is three years younger than Fox and four years younger than  MSNBC in total day and M-Su prime.

Cable News TV Reach
CNN continues to reach the largest cumulative TV audience of any cable news network so far this year, making this the 20th consecutive year on record for the network.

Multiplatform Reach:

2021-to-date CNN reaches more people in the US than any other news brand across TV and digital among adults 25-54 and adults 18-34.

Note that Comscore Xmedia data is delivered on a delayed schedule and therefore the above reflects Jan-May 2021.

Out of Home TV Lift:

3Q-21-to-date  (through 8/15/21), CNN is averaging a +7% lift (or +42k) among total viewers and a +11% lift (or +13k) among adults 25-54 OOH viewers for a total of 611k and 132k, combined in-home and OOH total viewers and adults 25-54 respectively.

Digital to TV Lift:

CNN Digital viewing added a 2% lift (or average quarterly 10k) to CNN’s P2+ 604 thousand total day TV audience for a total of 614 thousand across platforms in 3Q, 2021.



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