Laura Ingraham’s Debut on Fox News Scores Big Ratings Win Over CNN, MSNBC


Night one of Laura Ingraham’s new show on Fox News made some headlines — with White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly calling Confederate General Robert E. Lee an “honorable” person. And more than generating some buzz, it also scored big in the ratings.

The debut of The Ingraham Angle posted 3,352,000 total viewers, and 708,000 in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 demographic. MSNBC hammered down second place for the night — with Lawrence O’Donnell‘s The Last Word notching 2,673,000 overall viewers, and 654,000 25-54. CNN Tonight hosted by Don Lemon finished third with 1,363,000 total, and 506,000 in the key demo.

Ingraham’s opening night score caps a month of strong ratings for Fox News. The network topped its competitors for the 16th consecutive month in total day viewers — led by Sean Hannity. In a return to its 9:00 p.m. timeslot, Hannity was the most watched show in cable news — with 3,198,000 million overall viewers, and 686,000 in the key demo.

The ratings news was equally good for Fox Business, which topped rival CNBC in overall viewers for the month. Fox Business averaged 208,000 viewers for October, with 23,000 in the key demo. CNBC posted 162,000 overall, with 27,000 in the key demo. Lou Dobbs was a standout for the network. He averaged 375,000 viewers in October — a number helped, no doubt, by his interview on Oct. 25 with President Donald Trump.

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