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DNC Final: CNN Beats All Broadcast And Cable Nets Every Night Of The DNC

23 August, 2020

CNN was #1 on all four nights of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), beating the broadcast and cable nets (NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, MSNBC and FNC) in the key demo adults 25-54 and among younger viewers 18-34.  CNN also surpassed NBC, ABC, CBS and FNC on each night of the four-night convention in total viewers.

New Nielsen data shows more viewers watched CNN in battleground states (AZ, FL, GA, MI, NC, OH, PA, WI) than FNC or MSNBC during the 10pm hour.  Across these battleground states, CNN reached 3.41 million total viewers, FNC had 3.35 million and MSNBC had 3.06 million during Nights 1-3 of the DNC. 

On the fourth and final night of the DNC, CNN beat all the broadcast and cable nets in adults 25-54 and 18-34 and topped the broadcast nets and FNC in total viewers for the fourth straight night.  CNN’s digital platforms had strong numbers yesterday, as the most watched and most used news and information brand in the world.

Night 4/10pm:  Broadcast and Cable News coverage / Presidential Nominee Joe Biden

CNN:  1.690 million among adults 25-54, 408k among 18-34 and 5.565 million total viewers (10-11:15pm)

MSNBC: 1.247 million adults 25-54/277k in 18-34/6.146 million total viewers (10-11:15pm)

NBC News:  568k among adults 25-54/92k among 18-34/2.154 million total viewers (10-11:20pm)

ABC News: 799k adults 25-54/111k in 18-34/2.972 million total viewers (10-11:23pm)

CBS News: 473k among adults 25-54/146k in 18-34/1.985 million total viewers (10-11:24pm)

FNC: 639k among adults 25-54/174k among 18-34/2.955 million total viewers (10-11:15pm) 

Night 4/9-11pm: Full DNC Program Cable News Coverage

CNN was #1 among adults 25-54 with 1.472 million and 352k among 18-34.  In total viewers, CNN averaged 5.105 million.

MSNBC was second with 1.175 million among adults 25-54 and 248k among 18-34.  In total viewers, MSNBC had 5.912 million.

FNC: was third with 744k adults 25-54/180k 18-34/3.761 million total viewers.

Night 4/8-11pm Prime Time: Cable News Coverage

Last night during primetime, CNN ranked #1 in cable news among adults 25-54 with 1.189 million, MSNBC followed with 985k and FNC lagged with 748k.  Among younger viewers 18-34, CNN averaged 269k, MSNBC posted 210k and FNC had 170k.   In total viewers, CNN had 4.232 million, MSNBC had 5.154 million and FNC was third 3.935 million. 

Other Highlights

CNN reached more viewers among both total viewers (12.7 million) and adults 25-54 (4.0 million) than any cable news network during the first three days of the DNC during the showcase 10pm hour. MSNBC followed with 11.7m/2.6m and FNC averaged 11.3m/2.6m respectively.


On Night 1 of the DNC, Out-Of-Home viewers provided CNN with a +3% lift among adults 25-54 (+43k) and among total viewers (+130k) during the convention programming block (9-11pm), for a total of 1.498m and 4.851 million, combined in-home and OOH adults 25-54 and total viewers respectively.

CNN Digital

CNN Digital saw 34 million unique visitors and 14 million video starts across its desktop, mobile and OTT devices on Day 4 of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Digital multiplatform unique visitors are up 50% versus Day 4 of the 2016 DNC. Throughout the 2020 DNC Convention, CNN Digital reached 88 million unique visitors and generated 48 million video starts, which was an increase of 42% over the 2016 DNC Convention for digital multiplatform unique visitors. 

Competitively, CNN was the #1 digital news source on Day 3 of the 2020 DNC after outranking all other publishers on Day 1 and Day 2. CNN surpassed #2 BBC by 10 million visits on Day 3 and averaged a lead of 9 million over #2 BBC, 12 million over #3 Fox News and 23 million over #15 MSNBC in Days 1-3. CNN also outranked all key competitors in total day visits across all three days of the convention with a sum of 72 million versus BBC’s 44 million (Day 1-3 data is the most current available for daily digital competitive rankings, which is published by SimilarWeb).

CNN’s live stream saw 833k total day live starts and 247k 9-11pm convention live starts on CNN’s owned platforms (,, CNNgo on OTT apps & CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android; CNN’s convention coverage was not live streamed on social properties). The live stream peaked at 105k during Vice President Biden’s speech at 11p.m.

CNN saw 70k users live stream the average minute of the convention programming from 9-11pm (equivalent to the way TV ratings are calculated). Digital average audience was up 18% from Day 4 of the conventions in 2016.

TV plus digital live streaming produced a combined average audience of 5.175 million total viewers. Digital viewing added a 1.4% lift to CNN TV P2+ average audience.

The audio of the convention also streamed on CNN’s channels on SiriusXM, and TuneIn Radio.


Movies And Specials: 'The One And Only Ivan'

27 May, 2020

Synopsis: An adaptation of the award-winning book about one very special gorilla, Disney’s “The One and Only Ivan” is an unforgettable tale about the beauty of friendship, the power of visualization and the significance of the place one calls home. Ivan is a 400-pound silverback gorilla who shares a communal habitat in a suburban shopping mall with Stella the elephant, Bob the dog, and various other animals. He has few memories of the jungle where he was captured, but when a baby elephant named Ruby arrives, it touches something deep within him. Ruby is recently separated from her family in the wild, which causes him to question his life, where he comes from and where he ultimately wants to be. The heartwarming adventure, which comes to the screen in an impressive hybrid of live-action and CGI, is based on Katherine Applegate’s bestselling book, which won numerous awards upon its publication in 2013, including the Newbery Medal. (Courtesy Disney+, 2020)

The Cast:
Sam Rockwell as the voice of Ivan
Angelina Jolie as the voice of Stella
Danny DeVito as the voice of Bob the dog
Helen Mirren as the voice of Snickers the poodle
Brooklynn Prince as the voice of Ruby
Ramon Rodriquez as the mall employee George
Ariana Greenblatt as George’s daughter Julia
Chaka Khan as the voice of Henrietta the chicken
Mike White as the voice of Frankie the seal
Ron Funches as the voice of Murphy the rabbit
Phillipa Soo as the voice of Thelma the parrot
Bryan Cranston as Mack, the mall’s owner.

Production Credits:
The One and Only Ivan is directed by Thea Sharrock from a screenplay by Mike White based on Applegate’s book and is produced by the late Allison Shearmur, Angelina Jolie and Brigham Taylor. Sue Baden-Powell and Thea Sharrock serve as executive producers. 

It premiered Friday, August 14th, 2020 on Disney+

Show Guide: 'Grow'

21 August, 2020

Synopsis: The eight-part drama series is a tale of self-discovery and morality that evolves into a suspenseful thriller, following as a young stockbroker, dissatisfied with his ordinary, apathetic life, is captivated by the murky underworld of drug dealing as he seeks out his deceased father’s past.

Production Credits:

Movies And Specials: 'Who Would You Take To A Deserted Island?'

20 August, 2020

Synopsis: In their last night living together, four roommates play a game in which a secret that will change their lives forever is revealed.

It premiered April 12th, 2019 on Netflix.

Show Guide: 'The Seven Deadly Sins'

19 August, 2020

Synopsis: When a kingdom is taken over by tyrants, the deposed princess begins a quest to find a disbanded group of evil knights to help take back her realm.  

Movies And Specials: 'Sharks Of Ghost Island'

15 August, 2020

Synopsis: Locals abandoned Ghost Island after multiple shipwrecks and shark attacks. Now, Dr. Craig O'Connell and his team of experts dive in to find out why the island at the edge of the Bermuda Triangle attracts so many sharks -- including the Great White. (Courtesy Discovery, 2020)

The Cast:

Production Credits:

It premiered Saturday, August 15th, 2020 on Discovery.

Show Guide: 'Selena + Chef'

15 August, 2020

Synopsis: The unscripted 10-episode cooking series features the multi-platinum selling recording artist, actress, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist as she navigates unfamiliar territory: making delicious meals while stuck at home in quarantine.

Since social distancing at home, Selena has been spending more time in the kitchen than she ever imagined. But despite her many talents, it remains to be seen if cooking is one of them. In each episode of this unapologetically authentic cookalong, Selena, with the support of her Quaranteam, will be joined remotely by a different master chef. Together, they'll tackle cuisines of every variety, share invaluable tips and tricks, and deal with everything from smoking ovens to missing ingredients. Each episode will highlight a food-related charity, and this casual, funny, and informative series will embrace both the struggle and the joy of learning to cook — while inviting audiences to follow along at home.

The world-renowned chefs featured during the season includes Angelo Sosa, Antonia Lofaso, Candice Kumai, Daniel Holzman, Jon & Vinny, Ludo Lefebvre, Nancy Silverton, Nyesha Arrington, Roy Choi, and Tonya Holland. (Courtesy HBO Max, 2020)

The Cast:
Selena Gomez

Production Credits:
The series is executive produced by Gomez for July Moon Productions, along with executive producers Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, and Leah Hariton on behalf of Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC). 

The Episodes:
Season One Episode Guide (HBO Max)

Show Guide: 'A Crime To Remember'

14 August, 2020

Synopsis: It was an era of innocence, when people left their doors unlocked, helped out neighbors in need and trusted ones they loved. But there were scandals occurring beneath the surface. Secrets festered, passions ran wild and cops had nothing but shoe leather and gut instinct to catch a killer. These shocking events made an ever-lasting impact on the country. (Courtesy Investigation Discovery, 2015)

ESPN Drops Surprise ESPN 8: The Ocho Television Schedule for 08/08/2020

08 August, 2020

In yet another BOLD programming move, ESPN is surprising fans with a nine-and-a-half-hour slate of seldom seen sports on Saturday, August 8 (8/8). The schedule is comprised of new additions and fan favorites available on the network formerly known as ESPN2, as well as in the ESPN App.

New to this year’s ESPN8: The Ocho’s line-up are:

  • World Deadlift Attempt – Hafthor Deadlift: Relive Bjornsson’s —2018 World’s Strongest Man champion, three-time Arnold Strongman Classic and “The Mountain” from Game of Thrones—successful deadlift of 1,104 pounds
  • 2019 Grit ‘N Wit National College Championship: Where brain meets brawn. On-demand courses that combine obstacles and puzzles to test both grit and wit.
  • Ohio Grocery Baggers Bowl 2020: 30 contestants face off to win the coveted Ceramic Bag award, $1000 and a trip to San Diego to compete for the National Bagging Championship at NGA’s National Convention
  • 2019 ITSF Foosball World Cup: The 2019 event hosted by the International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF) in Murica, Spain
  • FOOSBALLERS: An award-winning documentary that takes a deep dive into the underground world of professional table soccer, following six of the top players as they prepare for the Tornado World Championships

Also, on 8/8, Fortnite players can jump into Party Royale and watch ESPN8: The Ocho. They’ll be able to watch the world’s best unconventional sports, like cornhole, death diving, robot fights and more, all live from Party Royale’s Big Screen. This marks the first time ESPN has presented content in Fortnite’s Party Royale in four years of ESPN8: The Ocho. Additionally, ESPN will make a collection of Ocho programming on available demand within the ESPN App.

ESPN8: The Ocho Schedule

Date Time (ET) Seldom Seen Sport Network
Sat, Aug 8 2 p.m. E60: ESPN8
Cheese Rolling, Frog Jumping & Japanese Monster Wrestling
  3 p.m. World Deadlift Attempt: Hafthor Deadlift ESPN8
  4 p.m. 2019 Grit ‘N Wit National College Championship ESPN8
  5 p.m. Ohio Grocery Baggers Bowl 2020 ESPN8
  5:30 p.m. 2019 Stupid Robot Fighting League ESPN8
  6 p.m. 2019 Jelle’s Marble Runs ESPN8
  6:30 p.m. 2019 Death Diving World Championship ESPN8
  7:30 p.m. Slippery Stairs ESPN8
  8 p.m. Slippery Stairs: College Tour ESPN8
  8:30 p.m. 2019 ITSF Foosball World Cup ESPN8


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