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@CNNbrk Cracks 20 Million Followers

CNNBrkRemember back in Apirl of 2009, when Ashton Kutcher and CNN were in a heated race to see who could reach 1,000,000 Twitter followers first?

At 2:13am on April 17, 2009 Kutcher hit that mark. @CNNbrk, the breaking news account of CNN, hit 1,000,000 more than 6 hours later, at 8:55am.

Three years and 9 months later @CNNbrk to hit 10,000,000 followers, hitting that milestone on January 15, 2013.

And now, one year and nine months after that, @CNNbrk has hit 20,000,000 followers.

“This is rare territory,” says CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker. “No other news organization comes close. The only other brands of any type with more followers are YouTube and Twitter itself.” And, for what it’s worth, @CNNbrk has flown past Kutcher, who now has 16.5 million followers. Katy Perry still leads the Twitterverse with 58.7 million.

With 14.5 followers, @CNN is not far behind @CNNbrk. In fact, CNN’s main feed is the second-most followed news account on Twitter.

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The Ticker: Morgan, Molina, Miller

  • Fresh off his “Today” show appearance, Piers Morgan will be a guest on “Hannity.” Morgan and Sean Hannity formerly competed head-to-head when Morgan hosted “Piers Morgan Tonight” on CNN and Hannity’s show aired on FNC at 9PMET.

  • The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” launches a multi-platform series tonight following high school dropouts trying to turn their lives around. CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller got access to the Sunburst Youth Challenge Academy, a program for at-risk teens.

  • Fox News meteorologist Maria Molina announced her engagement on “Fox & Friends” this morning. Molina will marry storm chaser Reed Timmer. Fittingly, Timmer popped the question while they were out chasing storms.

‘GMA’ Plays on into September

Summer may be winding down, but “Good Morning America” is not slowing down the music. “GMA” produced a Wizard of Oz-themed show for Lady Gaga this morning. The show rolled out the yellow brick road as Gaga dressed the parts of Dorothy, Glinda the good witch, and the Wicked Witch of the West. On Friday, Katy Perry performs, and next Tuesday Britney Spears will guest on “GMA.”

@CNNbrk Hits 10,000,000 Followers

Remember a few years ago when the race was on to see who would be the first to get to 1,000,000 followers on Twitter?

At the time, the two biggest accounts were @CNNbrk the breaking news feed of CNN and @aplusk the Twitter handle of actor Ashton Kutcher.

The race to 1,000,000 culminated in April 2009. Chronicled here on TVNewser, just after 2amET on the morning of April 17, 2009 Kutcher was first to cross the million mark.

Fast forward almost four years, and both of those accounts have passed 10 million followers. In fact, Kutcher’s @aplusk has more than 13 million followers while @CNNbrk hit 10 million in the last week. So today, the digital newsroom in Atlanta celebrated.

“To me, the milestone is a signal that our approach is working,” says Lila King, CNN’s senior director for Social News. “Over the past few months we’ve worked hard to fine-tune our voice on Twitter and strike a balance between being authoritative and collaborative, and I’d like to think that 10 million would say it’s right on.”

While Kutcher was the first to 1,000,000 he’s only No. 22 on the list of top Twitter accounts today. Lady Gaga holds the lead with 33,073,438; Justin Bieber is next with 32,974,609 and Katy Perry is third with 32,201,464.

The Ticker: Super Ratings, Oscar Nominees, Grammy Special…

> NBC’s broadcast of the Super Bowl averaged a 42.1 household rating and 65 share last night, down 6% from last year’s 44.7/66. Last year’s Giants/Patriots game was the highest rated Super Bowl in 20 years. Last night’s game was on par with the Colts/Bears 2007 Super Bowl. The Cardinals/Steelers game peaked with a 48.0 rating at 10pmET in the final, exciting moments of the Steelers’ win.

> Over the next few weeks, “Nightline” anchors sit down with some of this year’s Oscar nominees. Tonight, Cynthia McFadden interviews Meryl Streep who is nominated for best actress for her performance as Sister Aloysius in “Doubt.” Upcoming interviews include Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, and Penelope Cruz.

> “Put a grown man in a leotard and that’s just already funny,” says Justin Timberlake to Katie Couric about a recent SNL skit (which has been pulled from YouTube and here’s why). The interview is part of Couric’s All-Access Grammy special this Wednesday on CBS. Couric also talks with Lil’ Wayne, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

Katie Couric to Host Grammy Special

Couric_1.24.jpgCBS News has announced that Katie Couric will host a entertainment special featuring several Grammy award nominees.

The special is being produced by the news division with 48 Hours Mystery EP Susan Zirinsky in charge. “Couric has an innate ability for getting people to reveal themselves in a uniquely intimate way,” says Zirinsky. “This broadcast highlights her talent and showcases a new side of these celebrated artists like Justin Timberlake.”

“Katie Couric’s ‘All Access’ Grammy Special” airs Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 10pmET/PT. In addition to Timberlake, guests include Lil’ Wayne, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

The Couric special leads up to CBS’ broadcast of the Grammy Awards, Sunday, Feb. 8, immediately following “60 Minutes” which will feature Couric’s interview with flight 1549 hero pilot Capt. Chesley Sullenberger and his crew.

Earlier on TVNewser: CBS Evening News with Katie Couric Goes Prime Time