Looks Back Fondly at 2009

Now that 2010 is nearly one month old, it’s about the time when final 2009 usage figures start to roll in, so chimed in with its accomplishments for the year.

The site’s two biggest days, by far, were Jan. 20, when President Barack Obama was inaugurated, and July 7, the day the memorial service for Michael Jackson was held. set a record for largest live video event in Internet history on Inauguration Day, serving 1.3 million concurrent streams and setting a record with a total of 27 million live streams served globally.

The site served 10.5 million live video streams globally on the day of Jackson’s memorial service, along with 9 million on-demand video streams, placing July 7 at No. 2 in history in terms of video usage.

For full-year 2009, CNN:
• Finished atop the list of news and information sites in terms of time spent watching video, averaging 304.5 million minutes per month, 10.6 million ahead of No. 2 and 140.8 million ahead of No. 3 Yahoo! News.
• Finished 22 percent ahead of Wikipedia to lead in total usage minutes per month with an average of 1.3 billion.
• Also edged Wikipedia in share by two points with a 9 percent monthly average.
• Averaged 1.7 billion page views per month, nearly 50 percent ahead of second-place finisher Wikipedia.
• Finished No. 1 in terms of unique audience for TV-news Web sites with 38.1 million, more than 2 million ahead of and 21.5 million more than
• Also led TV-news Web sites with an average of 33 minutes of time spent per person, per month, 31 percent more than and 77 percent ahead of
• Averaged 117.5 million global video streams per month, topping No. 2 by 3.7 million.
• CNN Mobile averaged 11.8 million unique visitors per month in the global news and current events category, besting the nearest competitor, Yahoo! News, by 127 percent.
• received more than 203,000 iReport submissions in 2009, up 21 percent from 2008.