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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

CNN's October Ratings


“Crossfire” is Up +11% in Total Viewers and +17% in Demo Rating;New Day” is also Up Compared to CNN Programming a Year Ago

“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” Ranks #1 in Cable News in Demo Rating and is Up Triple-Digits in Both Total Viewers and Demo 25-54

CNN Mobile Video Up 10x; Politics Section Posts Best Month of the Year

In spite of October’s highly partisan news cycle, all CNN weekday programs were up this month vs. a year ago; while every FXNC and MSNBC weekday program was down.  This month, Fox News Channel’s program line-up declined each weekday hour by double-digits vs. a year ago among the 25-54 demo rating. MSNBC posted the largest 25-54 rating declines in cable news vs. a year ago every weekday hour from 8:00a – 10:00p (with the exception of 7p).

Year-to-date, CNN ranks as the #2 cable news network in total day (6a-6a) in both total viewers (434k) and in the demo 25-54 rating (140k). 

For the month of October -- all CNN weekday programming from New Day, to Crossfire and throughout primetime grew vs. a year ago, highlights include:

New Day (6-9a):  For the month, New Day is the only cable news morning program showing growth vs. a year ago in both total viewers (up +15%) and 25-54 demo rating (+2%). Both Fox and Friends and Morning Joe are registering double-digit declines among 25-54 (-22%/-24%, respectively).

CNN Newsroom (9a-4p):  Ranked #2, topping MSNBC in both total viewers (570k vs. 455k) and in the demo (148k vs. 101k).  CNN daytime also saw double-digit growth vs. last year  (+36% in total viewers/+20% in key demo rating); while MSNBC daytime is down -13%/-36% and FXNC daytime is off -16%/-24%.

The Lead with Jake Tapper (4p):  Posted double digit growth this month – increasing +33% in total viewers and +34% in demo 25-54 rating.  FXNC and MSNBC are both down in total viewers (-11%/-16%) and both lost significant viewers in the demo rating with FXNC down -25% and MSNBC off -38%.

The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer: Ranked #2 in the demo at 5p, topping The Ed Show (196k vs. 171k) and growing in both total viewers (+35%) and in the demo (+45%) compared to last year.  The Ed Show is down -25% among total viewers and -39% in the demo rating while The Five is off -6% and -19%, respectively.  The Sit Room at 5p was CNN’s top-rated weekday program among total viewers (716k). At 6p, Blitzer’s show is also up double-digits in both demos, while the competition is down double-digits in both demos.

Crossfire (6:30pm)Crossfire is the only cable news program during this time period to grow (compared to FXNC and MSNBC) -- increasing +11% in total viewers and up +17% in the demo rating compared to CNN programming a year ago.  FXNC lost -28% of its 25-54 demo audience and MSNBC is down -39% vs. a year ago.  And among total viewers, FXNC is off -18% and MSNBC is down -23%.

Erin Burnett Outfront (7p):  Is the only program in the time period to grow vs. last year, increasing  +15% among total viewers (573k vs. 500k) and +13% in demo 25-54 (186k vs. 165k).   FXNC is down -21% in total viewers and -36% among 25-54 and MSNBC’s Hardball is off -3% in total viewers and down -27% in the demo rating.

AC 360 (8p): Is registering the largest growth vs. a year ago of CNN’s weekday primetime line-up (up +27% in total viewers and +19% among demo rating) and was the network’s top-rated weekday program in demo 25-54 (211k).  FXNC and MSNBC continued to register notable declines at 8p, with O’Reilly Factor  down -28% in total viewers and -41% in younger viewers 25-54 while MSNBC’s All in Chris Hayes was off 33%/46% compared to a year ago.  AC 360 Later (10p) was up +6% in total viewers (528k vs. 497k) and up +5% (180k vs. 172k) in the demo vs. a year ago.

Piers Morgan Live (9p):  The show also saw increases vs. last year – growing +10% in total viewers (638k vs. 578k) and +6% in the demo rating (186k vs. 176k).  Both MSNBC and FXNC lost a substantial amount of viewers at 9p with The Rachel Maddow Show down -32% in total viewers and -49% in the demo rating and FXNC 9p programming off -32%/-44%, respectively.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown on Sundays at 9p ranked #1 among cable news in its time period with 327k among 25-54 viewers -- far ahead of FXNC’s Justice with Judge Jeanine/Stossel Special (110k) and MSNBC’s Docs (127k).  The show posted triple-digit growth over a year ago among both total viewers (+114%, 722k vs. 337k) and demo rating (+289%, 327k vs. 84k).

Last October cable news viewing was elevated due to 2012 presidential election coverage which included the four Presidential Commission Debates.  As a result, all three cable news networks were down in the overall primetime (8-11p) and total day (6a-6a) dayparts vs. a year ago.

MSNBC continued to get a ratings bounce from the network’s doc series MSNBC Investigates and MSNBC Specials this month.  Without these series, (Lock Up, Caught on Camera, Undercover, To Catch a Predator, Predator Raw) MSNBC slips to #3 in total day in the key demo (dropping from 145k to 134k).  

CNN Digital

In October 2013, CNN’s domestic mobile website posted 339 million page views (up 36% from October 2012) and 5 million video starts (10 times more than October 2012).  CNN has clocked year-over-year gains in mobile web page views for 16 consecutive months and in mobile video starts for the past 13 months. 

Source: Bango Analytics for Mobile Web from August 2012 through July 2013, Adobe Reports & Analytics for Mobile Web August 2013 forward, October 2013 data includes through October 27, 2013.

With four days remaining in October 2013, reached 95 million page views -- up 90% over the previous month.  Earning 14 million page views on October 3rd, the section had its highest day of the year.  CNN Politics ranked #1 in the Politics category for the week of Oct.6 with 11.5 million unique visitors, beating HuffPost Politics by 43% and Politics by 54%. 

Sources: Adobe Reports & Analytics, thru Oct.27. comScore Media Metrix, weekly data, week ending 10/6/13.

CNN’s social referrals more than doubled in Oct. 2013 versus the same month of last year.

Source: Source: Adobe Analytics & Reporting (Oct 1-27-13 vs. Oct 1-27-12)

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Spurlock Is Back But Is Stroumboulopoulos?

From The Wrap (because apparently CNN didn't think we were worthy of a press release):

CNN has renewed “Inside Man” for a second season, the network announced on Monday.
The docuseries, which is produced and hosted by “Super Size Me”‘s Morgan Spurlock (who recently directed One Direction’s “This is Us” concert film), will get eight more episodes starting in Spring 2014.
“Coming on the heels of a terrific first season – not to mention a successful documentary covering the world’s biggest boy band – Morgan is ready to tackle even more provocative stories on CNN,” said Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide.
“‘Inside Man’ is the perfect example of the type of program our audience is looking for when we aren’t covering the news of the day. We are happy to be continuing our relationship with Morgan and his excellent production team at Warrior Poets.”
Spurlock will tackle subjects ranging from celebrity to income disparity in the upcoming season.

The Star posted a report about George Stroumboulopoulos' CNN program:

After a stint in Los Angeles, CBC interviewer George Stroumboulopoulos is back in Toronto working on his George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight show. It kicked off its 10th anniversary season Monday night with guests including comedians Russell Peters and Ron James.
A decade on the CBC is pretty much as good as it gets for job security in the entertainment business here. That’s not the case for Strombo’s much hyped Los Angeles CNN show, Stroumboulopoulos, which aired this summer. The cable news channel has so far not renewed the show.
“Strombo was always conceived as a summer series,” said CNN spokesperson Shimrit Sheetrit in an email to the Star. “George continues to do his show in Canada and no decision has been made about whether his series on CNN will be back.”

To read the entire article, including his ratings issues please follow the link.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Isha Sesay on Wendy Williams 10/25/13

CNN's Isha Sesay was a panelist on Friday's Wendy William's show, filmed in NYC.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Sunday Morning Programming 10/27/13

SUNDAY, October 27, 2013


Topic:   U.S. –Saudi Arabia Rift over U.S. Policy in Syria, Drones and NSA Spying
Guest:   Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), chair, House Intelligence Committee

Topic:   Obamacare Website Glitches and Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Guest:  Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, heath policy advisor, Obama Administration 2009-2011
Guest:  Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), one-time Louisiana Family Doctor of the Year

Topic:    Politics
Guest:   Ross Douthat, columnist, New York Times; political commentator, CNN
Guest:   Cornell Belcher, political commentator, CNN
Guest:   A.B. Stoddard, columnist, the Hill

Anchor: Candy Crowley

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM  

Topics:    Relationship challenges: continued NSA fallout with U.S. Allies: why Saudi Arabia is upset with the U.S.; the Af/Pak endgame as American troops prepare to depart
Guest:     Richard Haass, PhD, president, Council on Foreign Relations, former Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department of State (George W. Bush Administration)
Guest:     Husain Haqqani, former Pakistan Ambassador to the United States
Guest:     Karen Elliott House, former president for Dow Jones International, former publisher for The Wall Street Journal
Guest:     Bret Stephens, Global View columnist, The Wall Street Journal

Topic:      How disabilities and obstacles – in life and in business – can become advantages
Guest:     Malcolm Gladwell, author of David and Goliath – Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (October 2013), staff writer for The New Yorker

Anchor:   Fareed Zakaria


Topic:    Complications with Obamacare and Coverage of Kathleen Sebelius.
Guest:   Joe Concha, reporter, Mediaite
Guest:   Rosie Gray, politics reporter, BuzzFeed
Guest:   Jamelle Bouie, reporter, the Daily Beast

Topic:    Media Revelations: White House Staffer Reporting Under a False Name.
Guest:   Joe Concha, reporter, Mediaite
Guest:   Rosie Gray, politics reporter, BuzzFeed
Guest:   Jamelle Bouie, reporter, the Daily Beast

Topic:    CNN’s Jake Tapper Discusses His New Book “The Outpost” About Current
 Coverage of Afghanistan, Now Out in Paperback.
Guest:   Jake Tapper, CNN, Author of “The Outpost”

Topic:   NPR’s David Folkenflik Discusses His New Book “Murdoch’s World” and Previews
 Next Week’s News of the World Trial.
Guest:   David Folkenflik, media correspondent, NPR

Topic:   Jimmy Breslin Discusses His Life, the News Industry, and the JFK Anniversary.
Guest:  Jimmy Breslin, columnist, NY Daily News

Guest Host:  John Avlon, Executive Editor, Daily Beast; commentator, CNN

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Dan Lothian Leaving CNN

We're sad to report that a long time ATC favorite Dan Lothian is leaving CNN.  Lothian is a 10 year veteran of CNN and has been on the White House beat for the last 5 years. It's the second departure of a White House reporter from CNN in the past weeks.  Read about Jessica Yellin's exit in this previous post.

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CNN FILMS Broadcasts ‘Blackfish’ and ‘Pandora’s Promise’

CNN FILMS Broadcasts ‘Blackfish’ and ‘Pandora’s Promise’ in October, November
Network to offer dynamic second screen experiences to enhance television event for viewers
As the weather cools, CNN Films’ fall schedule heats up with two, new-to-television documentaries that examine the relationship between humans and nature.  On Thursday, Oct. 24 from 9:00pm to 11:00pm and 12:00am to 2:00am, CNN will air BLACKFISH, the story of a performing orca, connected to the deaths of several people while in captivity.  And, on Thursday, Nov. 7, CNN will air PANDORA’S PROMISE from 9:00pm to 11:00pm and 12:00am to 2:00am, a film that explores the personal journeys of several environmental experts who evolved from being strongly against to being strongly in favor of nuclear energy.  All broadcast times are Eastern. 
“Both of these special films represent exactly the type of engaging, thought-provoking content that is the mission of CNN Films,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, when the documentaries were announced as part of the 2013 fall slate of the network’s documentary presentations.  “Through our acquisitions and commissions of exceptional factual content, we aim to encourage dialogue on the issues raised in the films with our filmmakers, experts, and other stakeholders via our robust television, digital and social platforms,” he said.
The programming schedule includes (all times Eastern):
BLACKFISH (Thursday, Oct. 24 at 9:00pm to 11:00pm, encore at 12:00am to 2:00am)
BLACKFISH traces the 39-year history of killer whales in captivity leading up to a 2010 incident in which an experienced Sea World trainer was killed by the 12,000-pound orca, Tilikum.  Tilikum had previously been associated with the deaths of two other trainers.  Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite chillingly demonstrates that this incident of violence is hardly isolated, while exploring the extraordinary nature of orcas, thought to be one of the most intelligent species in the animal kingdom.  The film is a story about the consequences of captivity for these animals that have thrilled millions in performances, but lead a much darker existence when the show is over.
PANDORA’S PROMISE (Thursday, Nov. 7 at 9:00pm to 11:00pm, encore at 12:00am to 2:00am)
The atomic bomb and accidents at Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and Fukushima bring to mind apocalyptic disasters, but the science and experience since suggest that long-held fears about nuclear power may be wrong.  Academy Award®-nominated director Robert Stone examines how fears of “nukes” may have extended the era of fossil fuels, perilously accelerating the pace of climate change as the global demand for energy soars, particularly in the developing world.  Stone takes his camera inside the exclusion zone around Fukushima, and even ventures inside the notorious Chernobyl nuclear power plant.  Through the intensely personal stories of environmental thinkers, this award-winning film reveals a rift within the environmental movement as they describe their individual journeys of “defection,” in the debate over how to manage climate change. 

In the days leading up to both premieres, CNN will offer “second screen” experiences to engage viewers new to these films – and viewers who may have previously enjoyed the theatrical releases of these documentaries.  Online, users will be able to find articles related to the content in the films on  On the evenings of the premieres, users will be able to also share behind-the-scenes reactions with representatives of the films, and interact with the CNN Films team via live blogs on the evenings of the premieres. 
The live social blogs for both films will capture and curate the real-time conversations across multiple social platforms on the films’ topics (including Twitter via @CNNFilms), powered by ScribbleLive.  In addition to the live social blog for BLACKFISH, on Thursday, Oct. 24, viewers will be able to interact with the film’s director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, via Facebook in a live chat facilitated by CNN Films. 

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Your Views on the News 10/18/13

A wise reader said it was time for a 'Your Views on the News' post so here you go.  Have at it and play nice. 

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Sunday Morning Programs 10/20/13

SUNDAY, October 20, 2013


Topic:     Shutdown Autopsy, Obamacare, and the Future of the Republican Party
Guest:    Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
A State of the Union Exclusive

Topic:      An Exclusive Interview on Defunding Obamacare, and the Government Shutdown
Guest:     Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
A State of the Union Exclusive

Topic:      Politics
Guests:    Donna Brazile, democratic strategist, CNN political commentator
               Alex Castellanos, republican consultant, CNN political commentator
               Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent, The New Yorker; CNN commentator

Guest Anchor:   Gloria Borger

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM  

Topics:    What can break our stagnant political dysfunction?  What is the future of the GOP? The Democrats?
Guest:     James A. Baker, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, former Secretary of State
A Fareed Zakaria GPS Exclusive

Topic:     The view from there: what American dysfunction looks like to watchers around the world; the damage done to the U.S. and world economies by the shutdown
Guest:     Zanny Minton Beddoes, economics editor, The Economist
Guest:     Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator, The Financial Times 

Anchor:   Fareed Zakaria


Topic:     Economic Impact of the Shutdown, Confusion over the Debt Ceiling
Guest:    David Gura, reporter, Marketplace
Guest:    Edward Luce, Washington Bureau Chief, Financial Times

Topic:    Whistleblowers, the Obama Administration on Leakers, “Leakers” versus
             “Whistleblowers”, Edward Snowden Updates
Guest:    Thomas Drake, former NSA official and whistleblower

Topic:     More on the Discussion about Whistleblowers and Leakers
Guest:     Lucy Dalglish, University of Maryland
Guest:    Joel Brenner, former NSA official

Topic:     The film “Fifth Estate” opens this weekend amidst controversy about how it
  portrays Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.   We’ll talk with the screenwriter.
Guest:    Josh Singer, screenwriter, “The Fifth Estate”

Guest Host: David Folkenflik, NPR

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