CNN just had its most-watched May. . . ever

Yesterday, CNN celebrated its 40th year on the air. Today, CNN has announced that it had its most-watched May in the network’s history, noting the high interest in the coronavirus crisis, the George Floyd murder and subsequent protests and riots. CNN announced, “Viewers are flocking to CNN in unprecedented numbers to get the latest facts and information during this period of crisis in America. This month was CNN’s most-watched May ever in total day and in prime time among total viewers and among 25-54.”

In May, CNN surpassed MSNBC in total day in the demo 25-54 for the sixth straight month, and in prime time for the third consecutive month. During daytime (9am-4pm), CNN was #1 in all of cable and #1 in cable news for the second consecutive month among adults 25-54. This was CNN’s highest daytime in May on record among both total viewers and the demo. CNN has now outperformed MSNBC during daytime programming for the 75th consecutive month, the longest streak on record. On weekends, CNN’s programming outperformed MSNBC for 24 out of 24 hours on Saturdays and Sundays. CNN’s audience grew the most during this busy news cycle across all dayparts and programs by far more than either Fox or MSNBC, CNN announced.

New Day was 2nd place in the demo for the month of May; The Lead was number one in the demo for the second consecutive month. Cuomo Prime Time as the network’s top-rated program in May among total viewers and in the demo. Furthermore, May was CNN Tonight’s best total viewers and adults 25-54 May delivery ever.

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