The Ticker: India, New Orleans, Africa…

By Chris Ariens 

> CNBC’s presentation of “India Rising” this past Sunday won its time period in A25-54 demo. The special hosted by Erin Burnett was #1 for all cable news in the ad-friendly demo at 10pmET. “India Rising” was CNBC’s highest rated original prime time telecast since “Suze Orman” on April 12 of this year.

> CNN’s Fit Nation, the multi-platform obesity initiative, is helping rebuild a playground in New Orleans. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta and other CNN employees will help rebuild the playground at Pontiff Park in Metarie this Saturday. Gupta will also tape House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta from the build site.

> Nightline will devote its half hour on Thursday to Ben Affleck’s recent travels to Africa. Affleck traveled to Congo three times over the last eight months “to understand first-hand one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.” ABC producer Max Culhane and photographer Doug Vogt (injured while working with Bob Woodruff in Iraq in 2006) joined Affleck to document the journey.