CNN broke out two new original series Sunday night, with both shows scoring ratings wins in their time slots.
“Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery” and “The Wonder List with Bill Weir” won their time slots among cable news channels, both in total viewers and in the key news demo of viewers 25-54, the network announced, citing Nielsen Fast National figures.
“At 9 p.m., ‘Finding Jesus (Shroud of Turin)’ was top-rated, averaging 1.139 million total viewers, +80% more than Fox News’ 634,000 and a +314% advantage over MSNBC’s 275,000,” CNN reported. “In the key demo 25-54, ‘Finding Jesus’ posted 371,000, while Fox News and MSNBC both trailed with 111,000. ‘Finding Jesus’ outperformed the combined delivery of Fox News and MSNBC in both demos.”
Premiering at 10 p.m., “The Wonder List (Vanuatu: Landlords of Paradise)” also outperformed the combined delivery of Fox News and MSNBC in the 25-54 demo, CNN reported. The show averaged 706,000 total viewers to lead Fox News (603,000) and MSNBC (312,000), and scored 294,000 viewers 25-54, topping the combined totals of Fox News (148,000) and MSNBC (126,000).
“Finding Jesus” was CNN’s second-highest-rated original series premiere ever in total viewers, trailing only “The Sixties” with 1.390 million.
“Finding Jesus” continues next Sunday with “John the Baptist,” while “The Wonder List” unveils its second episode, “Galapagos: A Fight for Survival,” the same night.