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As Glenn Beck’s Future Is Announced, Overnight Ratings Reveal He Can Still Draw A Crowd

Cable news ratings, April 5, 2011:

Glenn Beck may be “transitioning” out of his show on the Fox News Channel, but ratings show his audience has not deserted him. On Tuesday night, Beck attracted 551,000 viewers 25-54, easily dominating the 5 p.m. hour, and finishing behind only Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity. Beck’s ratings are significant among a strong bench at Fox, but far ahead of anything that CNN or MSNBC can match. On Tuesday night, CNN’s top performer was Anderson Cooper at 10 p.m., with 237,000 viewers 25-54, and on MSNBC, the night’s top number came from Rachel Maddow with 306,000.

Of course, the attention being given to Beck’s future may have something to do with the solid numbers his show has been delivering after a notable drop.


•In its second outing, HLN’s Dr. Drew saw a significant drop in audience, dropping from the network’s top-rated show Monday to one of its least-watched shows Tuesday, finishing with 84,000 viewers 25-54, behind Showbiz Tonight at 11 (85,000), Joy Behar (115,000), Jane Velez-Mitchell (119,000) and Nancy Grace (173,000).

Here’s the full scoreboard:

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

551

Blitzer

195

Matthews

163

Showbiz

78

6 pm Baier

443

Blitzer

233

Live

151

Prime

54

7 pm Shep

368

King, USA

148

Matthews

154

Issues

119

8 pm O’Reilly

704

InTheArena

159

O’Donnell

272

Grace

173

9 pm Hannity

592

Morgan

189

Maddow

306

DrDrew

84

10 pm Van Susteren

416

Cooper

237

Schultz

258

Behar

115

11 pm O’Reilly

361

Cooper

183

O’Donnell

132

Showbiz

85

TOTAL DAY 341 173 136 103
PRIME TIME 571 195 279 122
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 Beck

1911

Blitzer

649

Matthews

648

Showbiz

144

6 pm Baier

2154

Blitzer

595

Live

574

Prime

125

7 pm Shep

1851

King, USA

436

Matthews

600

Issues

238

8 pm O’Reilly

3005

InTheArena

513

O’Donnell

929

Grace

482

9 pm Hannity

2103

Morgan

552

Maddow

1065

DrDrew

201

10 pm Van Susteren

1572

Cooper

674

Schultz

861

Behar

268

11 pm O’Reilly

1158

Cooper

513

O’Donnell

448

Showbiz

24

TOTAL DAY 1398 492 482 225
PRIME TIME 2227 580 952 308
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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