2020 is CNN's Best Year

2020 is CNN’s Best Year Ever

CNN ends the year as the most-watched cable network

December 17th, 2020

Most-Watched Year Ever in Total Viewers and Key Demo 

All CNN Prime Time Programs and Dayparts Hit All-Time Highs

In Q4, CNN is #1 in All of Cable (not just news) in Total Day in Demo

 In Q4, CNN Beats Fox in Adults 25-54 for First Time in 19 Years 

Since Election Day, CNN is #1 in All of Cable (not just news) in Total Viewers;

Tops Fox and MSNBC for 41 Days  

An extraordinary thing happened in cable news this year:  CNN had its best year ever and ended the year as the most-watched cable network for the final two months. CNN’s audience has been building significantly throughout the year, culminating with CNN emerging as the No. 1 cable news network since the election in both total viewers and the key sales target adults 25-54.  What’s more, CNN has been #1 in total day demos for more than 41 consecutive days, the longest streak in 19 years (following 9/11). The shift began in March, when viewers flocked to CNN for the latest news and information and a desire for facts around Coronavirus, the first global pandemic in over 100 years. 

Throughout the year, the audience continued to come to CNN as the network covered the national political party conventions, Presidential Commission debates and ultimately the presidential election.  In 2020, CNN smashed its own ratings records and had its most successful and best ratings year in the network’s 40-year history.

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