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Tuesday Ratings: CNN’s Debate Gives Anderson Cooper A Boost

The good news: CNN’s Tuesday night debate numbers gave the network a clear-cut win over Fox News in both total viewers and among viewers aged 25-54 in the 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. slots. Additionally, Anderson Cooper got a huge boost from the debate as his lead-in, attracting 405,000 demo viewers and toppling FNC’s Greta Van Susteren at 10:00.

The not-so-great news? CNN’s debate ranked just seventh overall among the 10 debates (11 if you count Bloomberg’s) so far in this election cycle. But it did help to create a…

Debate Fun Fact:
The best weeknight to have a debate, as far as demo ratings are concerned, is Wednesday, where the debates pull an average of 1.36 million viewers (The one CBS Saturday night debate attracted 1.52 million). Tuesdays come in second, with an average of 1.35 million, while Thursdays are third (1.327 million), and Mondays are last (1.025 million). Your move, Fridays and Sundays.

Other nuggets from Tuesday:

  • HLN had another forgettable night, with only two shows (Nancy Grace and Issues) pulling six digits in the demo.
  • Rachel Maddow again ruled the MSNBC schedule, but Lawrence O’Donnell leaned forward into second place on the network, with 209,000 in the demo.
  • The lowest-rated show on Tuesday night? Joy Behar‘s, which brought in just 53,000 demo viewers.Average Time Slot Rating:
    Fox: 1.43
    CNN: 1.86
    MSNBC: 2.71
    HLN: 4

    Tuesday night’s full ratings:

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

    359

    Blitzer

    175

    Matthews

    128

    Special

    88

    6 pm Baier

    383

    King, USA

    148

    Sharpton

    178

    Prime

    96

    7 pm Shep

    434

    Burnett

    160

    Matthews

    176

    Issues

    107

    8 pm O’Reilly

    489

    Debate

    967

    Schultz

    160

    Grace

    118

    9 pm Hannity

    338

    Debate

    1,118

    Maddow

    246

    Dr. Drew

    99

    10 pm Van Susteren

    365

    Cooper

    405

    O’Donnell

    209

    Behar

    53

    11 pm O’Reilly

    379

    Debate

    336

    Schultz

    176

    Showbiz

    56

    TOTAL DAY 272 222 128 84
    PRIME TIME 400 829 205 88
    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

    1,512

    Blitzer

    648

    Matthews

    800

    Special

    196

    6 pm Baier

    1,933

    King, USA

    479

    Sharpton

    771

    Prime
    269
    7 pm Shep

    1,596

    Burnett

    592

    Matthews

    762

    Issues

    400

    8 pm O’Reilly

    2,392

    Debate

    3,443

    Schultz

    772

    Grace

    455

    9 pm Hannity

    1,332

    Debate

    3,764

    Maddow

    853

    DrDrew

    299

    10 pm Greta

    1,298

    Cooper

    1,427

    O’Donnell
    723
    Behar

    166

    11 pm O’Reilly

    1,227

    Debate

    823

    Schultz
    581
    Showbiz

    183

    TOTAL DAY 1,088 734 463 216
    PRIME TIME 1,678 2,876 783 300
    Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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