CNN’s New Series Tops Cable News Rivals

Feb 12, 2018  •  Post A Comment

CNN had a good turnout for Sunday’s premiere of its new series. The cable channel announced that the debut of the six-part docuseries “The Radical Story of Patty Hearst” ranked No. 1 in cable news from 9-10 p.m. in the key news demo of adults 25-54. The channel cited Nielsen Fast National data.

“The first episode attracted 294k among adults 25-54, +41% more than Fox News’ 209k and +126% more than MSNBC’s 130k,” CNN said. “The second episode (10-11pm) also ranked #1 among adults 25-54 with 281k, +38% more than Fox News’ 203k and +190% more than MSNBC’s 97k.”

CNN also saw solid numbers in total viewers and among younger viewers.

“In younger viewers (18-34), the premiere and second episode ranked #1. The premiere and second episode (9-11pm) outperformed Fox News and MSNBC with 50k, Fox News followed with 37k and MSNBC fell behind with 22k,” CNN noted. “In total viewers, CNN topped MSNBC by +133% (947k vs MSNBC’s 406k; Fox News averaged 1.061 million).”

The next two installments of the docuseries will air Sunday, Feb. 18, at 9 and 10 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.

“‘The Radical Story of Patty Hearst’ is a six-part CNN Original Series that follows the transformation of Patty Hearst from heiress to terrorist in a saga of privilege, celebrity, politics, media, revolution, and violence,” CNN noted. “Over 40 years later, newly discovered evidence, archival footage, cinematic recreations and exclusive firsthand accounts shed light on one of the biggest and most bizarre stories in modern American history.”

The series is produced by Bat Bridge Entertainment with executive producers Jeffrey Toobin, Pat Kondelis, Jody Wingrove, Marla Quintana, Amy Entelis and Lizzie Fox.

Click here to read TVWeek Open Mic writer Hillary Atkin’s interview with Toobin about the Hearst case and the series.


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