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No. of subscribers: 90 million
Network topper: Jim Walton
Programming topper: Jon Klein
Top originals: Larry King Live, Lou Dobbs Tonight, Anderson Cooper 360, The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer
Upcoming originals: CNN Special Investigations Unit (series)
The skinny: CNN’s Lou Dobbs caught fire in early primetime by campaigning against illegal immigration, the export of American jobs and excessive executive pay. His show was up 27% in February in total viewers, and provides another tentpole for the net along with the durable “Larry King Live.” CNN was much improved in the ratings in 2006, but the gap with Fox News is still substantial. Paula Zahn struggles against FNC’s Bill O’Reilly and MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann at 8 p.m. In February, Fox led CNN by 84% in the 25-54 demo in primetime.