CNN has most-watched month since Hurricane Katrina

CNN had its best month in 15 years since Hurricane Katrina in the key 25-54 demographic. For the first time in three years, CNN bested MSNBC in total day in total viewership. Furthermore, CNN was first in cable during the dayside since January 2009 among 25-54. CNN grew by triple digits across every daypart in both total viewers and adults 25-54, far more than either Fox or MSNBC.

CNN also ranked #1 in all of cable during dayside this month, topping Fox and all of the other cable networks in the demo. Compared to a year ago, CNN is up 167% in total viewers and a staggering 243% in the demo adults 25-54. (To compare, Fox was up 63%/96% and MSNBC increased 59%/106%). Brooke Baldwin, Victor Blackwell, Kate Bolduan, Ana Cabrera, Anderson Cooper, Poppy Harlow, Erica Hill, Brianna Keilar, John King, Christi Paul, Jim Sciutto and Fredricka Whitfield all contributed to CNN Newsroom during dayside and weekend coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

From 11am-5pm on weekdays, CNN was #1 in cable news in the demographic adults 25-54, topping Fox and MSNBC. At 4pm, CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper was #1 in cable news in the demo adults 25-54 with 531,000.

Anderson Cooper gave himself a haircut — and it did not go well

Given the Covid-19 stay at home order, AC360 anchor Anderson Cooper decided to give himself a hair cut.

It didn’t go well. . . and now he has quite the bald spot.


Jeff Zucker has kept his thumb on the scale during coronavirus coverage

In a conference call, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker issued a clear mandate to editors and producers: do not shift the focus from coronavirus. “You need to stay on the news,” Zucker said, according to the Wall Street Journal. “People are coming to CNN for the news right now.”

And he’s right — CNN’s ratings are soaring. CNN has averaged nearly 2.2 million total viewers in primetime for the month of April, which is more than double than its usual ratings for that time period.

Staff members who continue to come to work at the office are doing so on a voluntary basis and are not required to show up, WSJ reports.

Zucker hasn’t taken a backseat during the coverage either. WSJ reports that he has suggested stories in emails to his deputies, as well as calling producers and during town-hall meetings with CNNers.

CNN primetime anchor, Anderson Cooper, has been taking a shift during the afternoon block of CNN Newsroom, as well as hosting coronavirus town halls in primetime alongside chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Staffer on AC360 being tested for coronavirus; CNN’s Anderson Cooper anchors from home

Earlier today, Page Six reported a member of Anderson Cooper’s team on AC360 was being tested for coronavirus.

“We have asked all of the people that have been in close, prolonged contact with the AC 360 staffer, to also quarantine. We will be able to provide further guidance as soon as test results are available. The entire 20th floor and the control room that is used for the show will be deep cleaned tonight. We will update you with more information as we know it,” a memo read.

This evening, Cooper anchored from his home, indicating he did so in an abundance of caution — but that he was well. “I don’t have any symptoms, I feel fine. It’s just an abundance of caution to keep everybody around me–and everybody on our staff is going to be staying out of the office for a while.”

Anderson Cooper splits with doctor boyfriend after a year

Early 2018, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, 52, split publicly from longtime boyfriend Benjamin Maisani and began dating Dr. Victor Lopez, 34, — only now, the National Enquirer reports that after a year, the two are no longer together.

The Enquirer report further notes that while former partners of Cooper attended the funeral of his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, former beau Lopez did not.

Lopez has moved on; “posting multiple pictures of himself with his arms draped around” other men.

CNN’s Go There debuts on Facebook

CNN premiered its replacement to Anderson Cooper’s Facebook show, Full Circle — today, Go There aired at 8pm instead of 6:15, DigiDay reports. The time slot switch is due to the 8pm-10pm time being “sweet spot for mobile viewing,” according to CNN’s Ashley Codianni, executive producer of social and emerging media.

DigiDay reports that the new show will have a “10- to 15-minute, square-formatted episode [that] will zero in on a single topic, such as climate change, race and identity, immigration and economic inequality.”

Full Circle was so successful, which is why CNN chose to remove it from Facebook and move it to their own site.

“This is obviously an opportunity where we are being paid by Facebook to experiment,” said Codianni, referencing Go There.

A majority of the employees that CNN will have working on the Facebook show will be dedicated to the show, according to executive producer Cullen Daly. Those employees will include members of Daly’s digital productions team and Codianni’s social and emerging media team. Additionally, “there will be some people who work on this who it’s 80% of their jobs [and for others] it’s 30% of their jobs,” said Daly, who said it was hard to give a rough headcount “because it’s kind of evolving.”

CNN’s Debate Draw did not draw the viewers

Last night on a special edition of Anderson Cooper 360, three CNN anchors drew names out of a box — to see which Democratic presidential candidates would appear on what day in the Detroit Democratic debate, on July 30 and 31, to be moderated by CNN’s Don Lemon, Dana Bash, and Jake Tapper.

The drawers, Brianna Keilar, Victor Blackwell, and Ana Cabrera pulled the names from the box while reciting their most prestigious titles, and then tossed to Wolf Blitzer for a recap of the draw — who in turn tossed to Anderson Cooper to analyze, alongside a panel of CNN talent and contributors: John King, Gloria Borger, David Axelrod, Van Jones, Jess McIntosh, Jennifer Granholm, and David Chalian.

But the ‘draw’ didn’t draw eyeballs.

According to Forbes, the special broadcast “drew 1.031 million total viewers, finishing in third place behind Fox News (Tucker Carlson Tonight had the highest ratings of the night with a total audience of 3.232 million viewers) and MSNBC (1.658 million viewers).”

In the key demo, CNN finished third again with 223,000 viewers, behind MSNBC 239,000 and Fox News 497,000.

Kathy Griffin slams ex-buddy Anderson Cooper: “Cooper and Jeff Zucker are cut from the same cloth”

Former cohost of CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast Kathy Griffin took another opportunity to slam her former BFF and cohost, Anderson Cooper.

Referencing his recently deceased mother, Griffin said, “I was really in love with Anderson’s mom, the great Gloria Vanderbilt. She let me call her ‘Glo-Vandy.’ She gave me so many life lessons… I actually knew her better than Anderson in a way,” RadarOnline reported.

Slamming Cooper and his boss, CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker, she said, “Anderson Cooper and Jeff Zucker are cut from the same cloth. I’ve known Jeff for a long time, but a lot of these older white guys hate me, and they’ve hated me for years, because I’ve been a ballsy chick my whole career and I’ve never learned my lesson.”

Griffin went on, “Misogyny and sexism is a big part of my message, and as I get older I don’t have a fuck left to give… So I don’t really worry about the Jeff Zuckers and the old dinosaurs anymore — the ‘check-signers’ I call them — because they’re still the same old white guys who told me 20 years ago I was going to be nothing, and that I was never going to make a living.”

In May 2017, CNN fired Griffin from her co-hosting duties after she tweeted out a picture of a decapitated President Donald Trump head.