The CNN Digital Network maintained its No. 1 ranking in total minutes for the month of April among all News and Information properties, ranking ahead of Wikipedia, Yahoo! News, MSNBC Digital Network and Weather Channel. This is a distinction CNN Digital has achieved for the last 10 months.
In April, CNN.com’s award-winning reporting and multimedia storytelling again kept the site’s users informed and engaged about not only what is happening on the global stage but also in their own communities. News events in April that kept users with CNN.com longer than any other news and information site on the Web range from the dramatic Democratic presidential primary race to the housing crunch and escalating gas prices. Additionally CNN.com provided extensive coverage of stories of personal travail and triumph related to events including the war in Iraq and World Autism Day.
According to Nielsen Online, CNN Digital Network generated 1.3 billion gross usage minutes in April, a 51 percent increase over the same period last year. This powerful lead in usage minutes among other News & Information properties positioned the CNN Digital Network to finish 26 percent ahead of MSNBC Digital and 23 percent ahead of the Weather Channel.
During the month, CNN.com served 113.8 million video streams, including nearly 4 million live streams served from CNN.com Live, the network’s live, multi-stream video news service. (Source: Omniture SiteCatalyst, U.S. and International editions combined). The San Francisco leg of the Olympic torch relay on April 9 and the Pennsylvania Democratic primary on April 22 yielded the strongest days for CNN.com Live.
CNN Mobile also has continued its ranking at No. 1 among all mobile Internet news providers as it maintained its top ranking for the 18th month in a row, according to Nielsen Mobile.
CNN.com is the world’s No. 1 destination for online and wireless news, garnering the greatest audience share among current events and global news sites. Launched in 1995, CNN.com draws from the resources of CNN Worldwide and its many partners to provide consumers with the most enriching, immediate interaction with news anywhere, seamlessly combining articles, videos, images, interactive features and user-generated content. CNN.com’s news video offering – both live and on-demand – is unparalleled on the Web. CNN.com’s recent awards include an Edward R. Murrow award, a National Headliner award and two EPpy awards.