As CNN touted, the second quarter of 2020 was CNN’s most-watched quarter ever. CNN had record viewership in both total day and prime time, among total viewers, the biggest audience in CNN’s 40-year history. Every CNN prime time program also hit historic audience levels, each program posting its best quarterly ratings ever. During dayside, CNN was #1 in ALL of cable — not just news– for the quarter among adults 25-54. Viewers flocked to CNN for the latest news and information, with the network’s audience growing triple digits this quarter, compared to last year, far greater growth than of its competitors.
The Lead with Jake Tapper, at 4pm, ranked number one in cable news this quarter among adults 25-54 for the first time since the program’s launch in 2013 with 428,000, compared to Fox’s 389,000 and MSNBC’s 277,000. The Lead also had its highest quarterly delivery on record among total viewers with 1,610,000 viewers, marking an increase in 130% in total viewers, compared to last year.
Also, State of the Union with Jake Tapper, Sunday at 9am, outperformed MSNBC in total viewers, 1,203,000 million versus 722,000; and in the demo 301k,000 versus 121,000. The Tapper led program was also up the most in cable during the time period, growing 87% in total viewers and 99% in the demo 25-54.
The CNN Special Reports The Pandemic and the President airing on 5/3, and Trump and the Law after Impeachment airing on 6/28, both anchored by Tapper ranked number one in cable news, averaging 400,000 among adults 25-54 and 1,954,000 among total viewers, and 346,000 adults 25-54 and 1,647,000 total viewers, respectively, this quarter.Follow @CommentaryCNN