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Monday Cable Ratings: CNN’s Blitzer Tops Fox’s O’Reilly in Demo with Robin Williams Coverage

Starting at 7 p.m. ET Monday night, CNN went wall-to-wall with coverage of Robin Williams’ tragic death, evidently giving viewers exactly what they wanted.

Not only did Erin Burnett Out Front (with guest host Don Lemon) beat Fox News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren in the 25-54 demo, but the network’s Wolf Blitzer-hosted special coverage at 8 p.m. also beat perennial front-runner Bill O’Reilly in the demo as well. Unlike Blitzer, who stayed on the Williams story non-stop, O’Reilly discussed it briefly at the top of his show before moving onto other news stories.

Fox News regained the demo lead at 9 p.m., but even after they put in Shepard Smith to replace Hannity with special coverage of Williams at 10 p.m., they could not beat CNN Tonight. CNN came close to beating Fox News overall in the primetime demo with an average 568K viewers compared to Fox’s 574K. MSNBC trailed far behind with 180K.

Fox’s lineup remained in first place when it came to total viewers, averaging 2.394M in primetime. But with 1.425M in primetime, CNN was up nearly 300% from the previous Monday. Again, MSNBC was third with 761K.


Here are the rest of your Monday ratings:

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
6 – 9 am Fox & Friends 

227

New Day 

117

Morning Joe 

84

Express 

127

5 pm The Five 

264

Blitzer 

174

Schultz 

81

Files 

88

6 pm Baier 

302

Blitzer 

177

Sharpton 

118

Files 

98

7 pm Van Susteren 

445

Burnett 

504

Matthews 

161

Velez-Mitchell 

182

8 pm O’Reilly 

688

Blitzer 

735

Hayes 

169

Grace 

166

9 pm Kelly 

580

Blitzer 

525

Maddow 

202

Dr. Drew 

168

10 pm Smith 

441

Tonight 

445

O’Donnell 

167

Files 

95

11 pm O’Reilly 

323

Tonight 

363

Hayes 

132

Files 

105

PRIME TIME 574 568 180 143
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

 

TV NEWS RATINGS: TOTAL VIEWERS (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
6 – 9 am Fox & Friends 

916

New Day 

340

Morning Joe 

344

Express 

311

5 pm The Five 

1.987

Blitzer 

946

Schultz 

501

Files 

179

6 pm Baier 

1.842

Blitzer 

797

Sharpton 

484

Files 

215

7 pm Van Susteren 

2.010

Burnett 

1.357

Matthews 

715

Velez-Mitchell 

391

8 pm O’Reilly 

3.292

Blitzer 

1.856

Hayes 

663

Grace 

539

9 pm Kelly 

2.296

Blitzer 

1.301

Maddow 

845

Dr. Drew 

467

10 pm Smith 

1.581

Tonight 

1.118

O’Donnell 

775

Files 

324

11 pm O’Reilly 

1.379

Tonight 

869

Hayes 

404

Files 

346

PRIME TIME 2.394 1.425 761 443
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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