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Amid Big Political News, Chris Matthews Beats Wolf Blitzer At 5 P.M., Gets Beaten By John King At 7 P.M.

Cable news ratings, July 28, 2011:

•As the nation moves toward an August 2d debt crisis deadline, there’s plenty of news for the Washington-based cable news shows, and a few of them battled it out Thursday for bragging rights. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews took second place behind Fox’s The Five with an average audience of 211,000 viewers 25-54–beating CNN’s Washington-based Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. But at 7 p.m., CNN’s DC-based John King beat Matthews and took the second place spot behind Fox’s New York news show hosted by Shepard Smith.

•At ten p.m., FNC’s On the Record was first, with 468,000 viewers 25-54, followed by another tight race for second, with CNN’s Anderson Cooper beating out MSNBC’s Ed Schultz.

Here’s the full scoreboard:

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

362

Blitzer

181

Matthews

211

Special

67

6 pm Baier

486

Blitzer

176

Live

190

Prime

89

7 pm Shep

503

King, USA

207

Matthews

201

Issues

148

8 pm O’Reilly

751

Arena

225

O’Donnell

292

Grace

216

9 pm Hannity

727

Morgan

245

Maddow

317

DrDrew

215

10 pm Van Susteren

468

Cooper

314

Schultz

307

Behar

133

11 pm Van Susteren

372

Cooper

258

O’Donnell

176

Showbiz

151

TOTAL DAY 383 183 170 125
PRIME TIME 657 261 305 185
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

1360

Blitzer

840

Matthews

841

Special

240

6 pm Baier

2142

Blitzer

738

Live

781

Prime

359

7 pm Shep

1817

King, USA

766

Matthews

863

Issues

492

8 pm O’Reilly

2732

Arena

851

O’Donnell

1091

Grace

856

9 pm Hannity

2292

Morgan

977

Maddow

1103

DrDrew

957

10 pm Van Susteren

1910

Cooper

1056

Schultz

1061

Behar

587

11 pm Van Susteren

1180

Cooper

688

O’Donnell

567

Showbiz

429

TOTAL DAY 1367 604 600 389
PRIME TIME 2321 962 1085 793
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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