CNN Draws Most Cable News Viewers on New Year’s Eve

By Brian Flood 

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker might want Kathy Griffin to take her top off more often.

CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Griffin finished No. 1 on cable news among both total viewers and the key A25-54 demo in the half hour leading up to 2016, and the first half hour of it.

As we reported in the Scoreboard, CNN also won prime time in total viewers and the demo.


FNC’s All-American New Year with Kimberly Guilfoyle and Eric Bolling came in behind CNN’s special. The cable specials will come in behind the broadcast specials on ABC, NBC and FOX.

Dec. 31, 2015 | 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. ET: 

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CNN New Year’s Eve Live 2.87M 1.09M
Fox News All-American New Year 2.06M 422,000

Both specials are up from last year, though the measurement is not exactly the same. See below:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CNN 2015 | 10pm-12:30am 2.073M 808K
CNN 2014 | 9pm-12:30am 1.597M 729K
Fox News 2015 | 10pm-12:30am 1.628M 307K
Fox News 2014 | 9pm-12:30am 1.170M 209K