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Monday Ratings: Nancy Grace Dances Her Way To Second Place at 8 p.m.

When MSNBC decided to move Lawrence O’Donnell to 10 p.m. and put Ed Schultz in his time slot, they had to be hoping for better results than a third-place finish at 8 p.m., especially on his debut night. But Schultz’s first appearance at 8:00 was merely the side story to Nancy Grace‘s second-place finish in the time slot (for viewers in the 25-54 year-old demo); Grace beat Schultz, 208,000 viewers to 201,000.

While FOX continued to dominate, MSNBC — despite the Schultz slippage — finished ahead of CNN in every time slot. And the night’s only show, on any network, to dip below the 100,000 viewer threshold in the 25-54 demo was the 11 p.m. repeat of Erin Burnett, which pulled in 74,000 viewers in the demo. Dr. Drew came perilously close to joining the club, with 102,000 at 9 p.m.

Some other nuggets from Monday’s numbers:

  • Greta Van Susteren finished first at 10 p.m., although she had the lowest first-run numbers of the night on FOX (an O’Reilly repeat was the lowest). Lawrence O’Donnell finished in second in his first night at 10:00, comfortably beating an Anderson Cooper repeat and a Joy Behar first-run. In fact, O’Donnell was closer to Van Susteren’s numbers than he was to Cooper’s or Behar’s.
  • Chris Matthews and Schultz both topped Rachel Maddow‘s numbers on the MSNBC slate.
  • Piers Morgan‘s first run at 9 p.m. and Cooper’s 10 p.m. repeat were the only CNN shows to not finish in fourth place in their time slots in the 25-54 demo.
  • HLN scored three second-place finishes in the 25-54 demo.

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    Here are the complete cable news ratings for Monday night:

  • TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
    Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
    5 pm The5 

    368

    Blitzer 

    158

    Matthews 

    178

    Special 

    199

    6 pm Baier 

    394

    King, USA 

    148

    Sharpton 

    173

    Prime 

    181

    7 pm Shep 

    398

    Burnett 

    174

    Matthews 

    218

    Issues 

    178

    8 pm O’Reilly 

    514

    Cooper 

    152

    Schultz 

    201

    Grace 

    208

    9 pm Hannity 

    405

    Piers 

    111

    Maddow 

    190

    DrDrew 

    102

    10 pm Van Susteren 

    212

    Cooper 

    121

    O’Donnell 

    182

    Behar 

    120

    11 pm O’Reilly 

    191

    Burnett 

    74

    Schultz 

    136

    Showbiz 

    106

    TOTAL DAY 289 129 133 124
    PRIME TIME 377 128 191 140
    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
    5 pm The5 

    1,592

    Blitzer 

    732

    Matthews 

    701

    Special 

    607

    6 pm Baier 

    2,023

    King, USA 

    464

    Sharpton 

    655

    Prime513
    7 pm Shep 

    1,849

    Burnett 

    593

    Matthews 

    818

    Issues 

    519

    8 pm O’Reilly 

    2,845

    Cooper 

    483

    Schultz 

    903

    Grace 

    535

    9 pm Hannity 

    1,677

    Piers 

    393

    Maddow 

    880

    DrDrew 

    354

    10 pm Greta 

    1,172

    Cooper 

    385

    O’Donnell
    787
    Behar 

    460

    11 pm O’Reilly 

    864

    Burnett 

    235

    Schultz
    447
    Showbiz 

    347

    TOTAL DAY 1,269 446 496 382
    PRIME TIME 1,901 420 857 440
    Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data
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