The fourth month of the post-Bill O’Reilly cable news world is coming to a close. And for the past two, Rachel Maddow has taken over O’Reilly’s long-held spot atop the ratings chart.
According to Forbes, Maddow finished No. 1 with 2.783 total viewers. The MSNBC star bested second-place finisher Sean Hannity by approximately 100,000 viewers. Tucker Carlson, Lawrence O’Donnell, and The Five — Maddow’s 9:00 p.m. ET time slot competitor — rounded out the top five.
Maddow also won the advertiser-coveted 25-54 demographic. According to TV Newser, Maddow posted 630,000 nightly viewers in the key demo. Hannity trailed in second with 590,000.
Despite Maddow’s success, MSNBC continues to trail Fox News overall. Fox News — according to Forbes — posted 2.2 million viewers, while MSNBC notched 1.835 million.
CNN finished third with 1.194 million total viewers — although they did edge out MSNBC for second place in the key demo (418,000 to 410,000). Fox News topped that category with 466,000.
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