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CNN Tops Cable Networks In Inauguration Ratings UPDATE: Inauguration Draws 37.8 Million January 21, 2009 6:18 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in ABC, Broadcast TV Ratings, Cable TV Ratings, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Television.
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UPDATED ON 1/22/2009
Nielsen reports that from 10am to 5pm ET, an average 37,793,008 tuned into the ceremony, swearing in, speech and coverage of the Inauguration.  That’s the second-most ever, slightly below the 41,800,260 who watched Reagan’s nomination in January 1981.

Keep in mind that the number does not include any online viewers or radio listeners and this covers a very large time period (President Obama’s oath took place shortly after noon and his speech lasted about 20 or so minutes ending shortly before 12:30pm).  The amount of Americans who tuned into that segment was decidely larger.

It must have been, because Gallup has releaed a poll indicating that a massive 60% of the nation tuned into all of the address.  Do the math and you’ll see there’s a large discrepency between the two numbers.

Original article follows below.

CNN was the ratings winner among cable-news networks during coverage of Tuesday’s inauguration of President Barack Obama, according to data released today by Nielsen.

For the swearing-in ceremony and Inaugural Address in Washington — from noon to 12:30pm — CNN drew 8.5 million total viewers, well ahead of Fox News Channel (5.5 million total viewers) and MSNBC (3.1 million total viewers).

Breaking out the numbers more fully, CNN was also first from 11am to 2pm Tuesday, with 6.9 million viewers, followed by Fox News Channel (4.4 million viewers) and MSNBC (2.6 million viewers). CNN’s numbers are the most ever 11am to 2pm average in its history.

And finally, for the total day of the inauguration — 6am to 3am — CNN placed first with an average of 4.0 million total viewers, with Fox News following in second with 2.5 million viewers and MSNBC in third with 1.7 million viewers.

Demo data — which CNN also dominated (beating Fox News and MSNBC combined) — follows after the jump. (more…)


CNN Tops Cable Nets for IN, NC Primary Coverage May 7, 2008 6:42 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Broadcast TV Ratings, Cable News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Nielsen TV Ratings, Television.
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CNN’s coverage of the Indiana and North Carolina primaries last night topped Fox News and MSNBC, drawing an average audience of 2.65 million viewers from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. ET, 19% stronger than its nearest competitor Fox News.  Among the key news demo adults 25-54, the results were even better for CNN.  The network drew 1.04 million A25-54, 35% stronger than second place MSNBC and 44% stronger than third place Fox News.  Full details after the jump.


CNN Democratic Debate Draws 7.6M Viewers February 23, 2008 8:29 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV Ratings, CNN, News, Nielsen TV Ratings.

CNN got another terrific performance from their coverage of a Democratic debate.  The February 20th debate between Senator’s Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama drew 7.58 million viewers, with 2.99 million of those viewers within the coveted news demo of adults 25-54.


More Than 8 Million Tune In to CNN Democratic Debate February 1, 2008 3:27 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV News, Cable TV Ratings, CNN, Debates, Nielsen TV Ratings.

CNN’s presentation of the California Democratic Debate between Senator’s Obama and Clinton drew a massive audience of 8.32 million viewers. Obliterating the prior cable news record for a debate (4.91 million, accomplished just last week, also by CNN).


Primary Debate Grabs Cable Record January 23, 2008 11:03 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, CNN, News, Television.
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Monday night’s Democratic presidential debate on CNN between Senator’s Clinton and Obama and former Senator Edwards was the most-watched primary in cable TV history.


Programming Changes for CNN Early Evening Lineup October 15, 2007 4:36 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable News, Cable TV, CNN, Lou Dobbs Tonight, News, Television, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.
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CNN is making slight changes to their early evening lineup, moving Lou Dobbs Tonight to 7:00 p.m. (currently on at 6:00 p.m.) and stretching The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer to three consecutive hours for the first time in the show’s two-year history.


Anderson Cooper Signs New Deal with CNN January 20, 2007 9:30 am

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According to Broadcasting & Cable, Anderson Cooper has re-upped with CNN, signing a new multiyear contract with the network. The contract is rumored to be in the neighborhood of $4 million a year, double his previous contract.


CNN To Offer Free Day Pipeline Service January 19, 2007 6:10 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in CNN, News, Television, Video Downloads.
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CNN will be offering a free day of access to its CNN Pipeline service, which lets users view live news feeds as well as recorded content.