After celebrating CNN’s best May ever, CNN had another reason to celebrate. For the first time in 19 years, CNN achieved a remarkable ratings victory: for 7 days in a row, the network was first in the coveted 25-54 demographic across both total day and primetime viewers. According to Nielsen, CNN placed first with 475,000 daytime viewers in the demo and 837,000 in the demo in primetime. (In comparison, Fox News’ daytime ratings in the demo came in a distant second with 278,000, beating out MSNBC’s 245,000. In primetime, Fox News made the ratings race much closer, posting 760,000 viewers, while MSNBC came in far behind with 426,000, reports Mediaite).
“The last time this happened for CNN was October 2001, during the post-9/11 news cycle,” TheWrap notes of CNN’s high ratings. Furthermore, on Monday, “CNN hit its primetime demo high for the week, as did the other two cable news channels. CNN reported 1,560,000 average viewers.”
On Thursday, Cuomo Prime Time, which has consistently been CNN’s number one program overall, “took the cable news nightly title with 908,000 viewers in the demo, beating Fox News’ Hannity by 113,000 viewers,” Mediaite notes (despite President Trump attacking Cuomo’s show and saying how poor its ratings are). The program airing after his, CNN Tonight, also scored a ratings win Thursday with 832,000 viewers, defeating Fox’s The Ingraham Angle‘s 711,000. Although CNN still continued its primetime ratings win averaged, Anderson Cooper’s 8pm program AC360 came in second place to Tucker Carlson Tonight 773,000 viewers to Cooper’s 769,000.