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HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade Beats MSNBC’s Morning Joe for 16th Consecutive Month in July


CNN Digital No. 1 in Online News for 22 Months and Mobile News for 41 Months


In July, HLN’s morning show, Morning Express with Robin Meade topped MSNBC’s Morning Joe for the 16th consecutive month among 25-54 viewers. Morning Express beat Morning Joe by nearly 50% among 25-54 viewers (166k vs. 113k). Year-to-date, Morning Express has a 61% lead over Morning Joe (180k vs. 112k).

Also in July, Morning Express was the only show in cable news to increase double digits in both total viewers and the 25-54 demo compared to a year ago, up 11% among total viewers (3101k vs. 271k) and up 20% among 25-54 viewers (166k vs. 138k)



CNN: 88.0 million viewers                 Fox News:  78.2 million viewers                                      MSNBC: 78.4 million viewers

CNN Digital: 36.3 million users         Fox News Digital: 15.8 million users                               MSNBC Digital: 31.6 million users

HLN: 81.1 million viewers

*Based on Monthly Unique TV Viewers in July and Latest Monthly Digital Users (June)

In July, CNN topped MSNBC during the daytime (9am-5pm) in both total viewers and the key demo 25-54 and in total day (6am-6am) among total viewers.  In head-to-head comparisons with MSNBC’s daytime non-opinion programming – CNN had a 62% advantage among total viewers (475k vs. 294k) and a 36% lead among 25-54 viewers (131k vs. 96k).  MSNBC placed fourth every hour of daytime in the demo 25-54, except at 3p where they placed third behind Rick’s List.  At 4p, Dylan Ratigan placed fourth. At 5p Hardball (120k) was third behind CNN’s Situation Room (159k) in the key demo 25-54.  In total day among total viewers, CNN had 412k vs. MSNBC’s 390k.

Both FNC’s news and non-news programs posted substantial audience loss when comparing July to their peak in January 2010, with the network’s audience dropping off by 20-33% every hour during the day in the demo 25-54.  FNC’s non-news program Fox and Friends was down 21%, Your World with Cavuto was down 33%, Glenn Beck was off 33%, The O’Reilly Factor declined 26%, Hannity lost 29% of its audience and On the Record was down 29%.  Other double-digit demo losses included the 9a hour (-26%), 10a (-20%), 11a (-27%), Noon (-32%), 1p (-26%), 2p (-26%), 3p (-30%), 6p (-32%) and 7p (-32%).

(Please note that when comparing this July (2010) to a year ago (2009), viewership for CNN was exceedingly high then due to the news of Michael Jackson’s death and memorial.)

CNN Digital


CNN Digital remained No. 1 among ALL Global News & Current Event sites in several key metrics, beating sites such as MSNBC Digital, Yahoo! News and Fox News Digital.

  • No. 1 in Total Usage Minutes:  850 million minutes, 303 million more than No. 2 MSNBC Digital and 333 million more than No. 3 Yahoo! News.
  • No. 1 in Time Per Person:  23.4 minutes, the highest time spent among the top 20 News and Information sites. (Source: Nielsen Online Netview, June-10).  
  • No. 1 in Page Views: 1.3 billion page views, 92% ahead of No. 2 MSNBC Digital and 100% more than No. 3 Yahoo! News. (Source: Nielsen Online Netview, June-10).

No. 1 in Audience among all TV News Sites: When compared to its TV News competition, CNN Digital topped them all in terms of unique audience.  With 36.3 million unique visitors in June, CNN Digital’s audience was 15% larger than MSNBC Digital (31.6 million); 130% larger than Fox News Digital (15.8 million); 204% larger than ABC News Digital (11.9 million) and 285% larger than CBS Digital (9.4 million).   


CNN Digital is No. 1 among ALL News and Information Properties in video for June.

No. 1 in Video Streams: 118 million stream, beating No. 2 MSNBC Digital by 3 million streams and No. 3 Yahoo! News by 47 million streams.  CNN Digital increased video streams 14% over last June. (Source: Nielsen VideoCensus, StreamCensus Global, June 2010.)

No. 1 in Streams Per Visitor: 11.1 streams per visitor, more than any other property in the Top 20 of the News and Information category based on reach. (Source: Nielsen Online VideoCensus, June 2010.)  


CNN Digital is No. 1 in Mobile in news and current events for the 41st consecutive month.

With 14.5 million unique visitors to its mobile site in May, an increase of 26% over last May, CNN Digital beat the nearest competitor, Fox News Digital, by 69%. (Source: Nielsen Mobile MediaView – May 2010)

June Yields Most Live Video Streams in 2010 for

In June, the oil spill disaster in the Gulf brought enormous traffic to, including the most live video plays in 2010. The site served 13 million live video streams in June, a 214% increase over the prior 6-month average, due in large part to a continuous live stream from an underwater camera in the Gulf. In addition to video,‘s oil spill coverage generated more than 37 million page views, and users have submitted nearly 3,000 iReports with more than 200 vetted for use on CNN in June.

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