CNN's ‘Death Row Stories’ Premiere Tops Fox News, MSNBC Ratings in Key Demo

CNN's 'Death Row Stories' Premiere Tops Fox News, MSNBC Ratings in Key Demo

New series takes second place behind Fox News in total viewers for the 9 p.m. hour

“CNN Original Series: Death Row Stories” did killer numbers for CNN on Sunday night.

The premiere of the series, which unravels a different capital murder case each episode, won its 9 p.m. timeslot on Sunday night among its cable news competitors, according to preliminary numbers.

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The premiere of “Death Row Stories” at 9 p.m. beat out Fox and MSNBC combined in the key news hour, with an averaged 255,000 viewers, compared to 117,000 for MSNBC and 103,000 for Fox News.

In total viewers, “Death Row Stories” averaged 719,000 — a 196 percent boost over MSNBC, but second place after Fox, which averaged 990,000 in the hour.

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“Death Row Stories,” produced by Robert Redford and Alex Gibney and narrated by Susan Sarandon, premiered on a busy Sunday night that also included the season finale of “True Detective,” the series premieres of ABCs “Resurrection” and Fox's “Cosmos,” and AMC's immensely popular “The Walking Dead.”