CNN was one of many networks to have New Year’s Eve programming. Nonetheless, the network saw their show, New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen from New York City’s Times Square, claim the top spot in all of cable, the network announced on Thursday.
The broadcast attracted 2.329 million viewers in the P2+ demographic and 802,000 viewers among adults aged 25-54. This marked a 12 percent increase in total viewership compared to the previous year. It secured the second-highest P2+ audience for the annual event since its inception in 2007, surpassed only by the viewership in 2020.
At the stroke of midnight (between 11:00 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.), CNN experienced a surge in viewership, attracting a total of 3.414 million viewers and 1.236 million among the P25-54 demographic. This achievement marked CNN as the top-ranking cable network during that time frame.
Notably, these figures represented a notable increase from the previous year, with a growth of +14 percent in total viewers and +3 percent among adults aged 25-54.
Among the P2+ audience, this performance was second only to the record set in 2020 for the most extensive viewership CNN has achieved since the inception of the New Year’s Eve ball drop event in 2007.
The program was also on digital platforms, which meant more eyes were on CNN during New Year’s Eve. When factoring in digital live streaming, the ball drop event (from 11:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.) garnered an average combined audience of 3.44 million viewers across both TV and digital platforms. Digital viewing contributed a 0.8% boost, equivalent to 29,000 viewers, to CNN’s P2+ average audience for New Year’s Eve.
Greg Gutfeld Moves to Top of Cable News Ratings in February
In the 25-54 demographic, Gutfeld topped the cable news landscape with 325,000 viewers.
Greg Gutfeld has long billed himself as the King of Late-Night. Now, he can bill himself as the king of cable news after his showing in the February ratings.
Gutfeld! — the Fox News late-night program — finished as the highest-rated program in all of cable news in the second month of 2024, averaging 2.2 million viewers for the month, according to Nielsen Media Research. Additionally, in the 25-54 demographic, Gutfeld topped the cable news landscape with 325,000 viewers.
Fox News garnered the top 13 slots in the demo, with The Five, Jesse Watters Primetime, Hannity, and The Ingraham Angle rounding out the top five.
In the late-night ratings, Gutfeld! narrowly defeated The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which averaged 2.1 million viewers. Also, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon finished with 1.45 and 1.3 million viewers on average, during the month.
It is also worth noting that the Fox News program hosted by Greg Gutfeld now airs at 10 PM ET after the network’s shuffle following the high-profile departure of Tucker Carlson last year. The other late-night programs it is measured against all begin at 11:35 PM ET.
CPAC Poll Shows Newsmax Most Trusted Cable News Outlet Among Attendees
Those surveyed were asked a bevy of questions, including what was the best way to “combat woke elites”, as well as questions about which big tech CEO was “doing the most to undermine America.”
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was held last week, and McLaughlin & Associates conducted a poll asking attendees which cable news channel they trusted most. Newsmax was the victor by a wide margin.
Of the nearly 1,500 attendees surveyed, 49% said Newsmax was the outlet they “trust the most.” 15% said Fox News was their most trusted channel. 29% of those in attendance said they did not trust a cable news outlet, with CNN and MSNBC each receiving 1% of support.
Those surveyed were asked a bevy of questions, including what was the best way to “combat woke elites”, as well as questions about which big tech CEO was “doing the most to undermine America”, with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg compiling 55% of the vote.
In total, 1,478 conservative attendees were polled, with the company utilizing a PIN system to ensure there were no multiple votes or outside voting to impact the results of the survey.
Nicolle Wallace Returns to MSNBC’s Deadline: White House
“It is so very, very, very good to be back with you. I have missed everyone.”
After spending time away from her MSNBC program for maternity leave, Deadline: White House anchor Nicolle Wallace returned to the anchor desk Monday.
“Well hello there everybody. It’s 4 o’clock in New York. I’ve missed saying that. It is so very, very, very good to be back with you. I have missed everyone,” Wallace said to begin Monday’s show.
Wallace and her husband welcomed a daughter via surrogate in November. In her place, Alicia Menendez anchored the program.
The former George W. Bush administration official began hosting the show in 2017. The program was expanded to two hours in 2020, and is one of the network’s highest-rated offerings.
On Friday, Wallace revealed she would make her return Monday, adding that she will start a new feature during her show entitled “American Autocracy”, which “is something the whole country should be grappling with, because that is certainly the head of the Republican party is running on this time,” she told Menendez.
Deadline: White House airs weekdays at 4:00 PM ET on MSNBC.