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CNN Digital No.1 on Inauguration Day; Sets Record for Largest Live Video Event in Internet History


The CNN Digital Network’s distinctive and innovative Inauguration Day coverage – from live streaming video to 3-D interactive maps to intimate contributions from users – catapulted the site to the No. 1 position among all news and information sites in every Nielsen Online metric.

Additionally, Live, the Internet’s only multi-stream live video news service, served a record-breaking 1.3 million concurrent live streams in the moments leading up to President Barack Obama’s inaugural address on Tuesday, Jan. 20, nearly doubling what is believed to be the previous Internet record of an estimated 700,000 concurrent live streams served during a YouTube event, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. (Source: Internal CDN monitoring data)

“The realization that we broke an all-time Internet record is humbling; but couple that with the fact that so many people relied on us to experience the biggest moment in recent history, frankly it’s an honor,”said KC Estenson, senior vice president and general manager of "No matter how our audience accessed CNN’s exceptional coverage – whether listening to radio, watching television, using the site or connecting with their Facebook friends through Live – CNN is at its best when we connect people through the most important events of their lives.”

On Inauguration Day, CNN Digital was the No. 1 news and information site, outranking the competition in all Nielsen Online metrics, including:

• Unique Users: 11 million unique visitors made CNN Digital the most visited online news destination , besting nearest competitors MSNBC Digital and Yahoo! News by 10 percent and 21 percent, respectively;
• Time Spent: CNN Digital generated 97 million total minutes for the day, beating MSNBC Digital and Yahoo! News by 41 percent and 117 percent, respectively; and
• Page Views: CNN Digital generated 94.6 million page views, 28 percent more than MSNBC Digital and 133 percent greater than Yahoo! News. (Source: Nielsen Online)

Inauguration Day also unveiled a watershed moment for through its partnership with Facebook that enabled Live users to update their Facebook statuses directly from the Live player, where they also could see status updates from their friends and other Facebook users. Live served a record-breaking 26.9 million live streams, shattering its previous total daily streaming best set on Election Day 2008 with 5.3 million live streams. (Source: Omniture SiteCatalyst, global). Additionally, 3.6 million unique users spent a total of 16 million minutes on the Live/Facebook video player on Inauguration Day. (Source: Nielsen Online Custom Data P2+ Home/Work)., CNN’s user-generated community, doubled its previous submission record of 5,100 set the day before the 2008 election with more than 11,300 photos and videos uploaded to the site on Inauguration Day. (Source: internal data). Throughout the day, iReport submissions provided an added dimension and perspective to the network’s reporting of the inauguration on CNN’s television networks and fueled an array of coverage on, including several photo galleries documenting the sights and sounds of inaugural celebrations around the world. registered 27.6 million global page views on Inauguration Day, which is 488 percent increase over the prior for weeks. Additionally, 2.4 million page views registered on the Political Ticker – the No.1 political news blog according to Nielsen Online – which is an 8 percent increase over the previous month. (Source: Omniture SiteCatalyst, global)

Registering its second highest day on record, the CNN Mobile Web site registered 4.6 million page views on Inauguration Day, a 92 percent increase over the prior four-week period. (Source: Crisp Wireless) is the world’s No. 1 destination for online and wireless news, garnering the greatest audience share of total minutes among current events and global news sites. Launched in 1995, 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.’s news video offering – both live and on-demand – is unparalleled on the Web.’s recent awards include an Edward R. Murrow award, a National Headliner award, four EPpy awards and the Online News Association’s award for general excellence.


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