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CNN Ratings Rise Tuesday With Times Square Bomber Coverage

Cable news ratings, May 4, 2010: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• With two major stories in the news Tuesday, the Times Square bombing plot and the oil spill, CNN ratings improved drastically, most notably in prime time. They weren’t competing with Fox News for first place (although it got close in a couple hours), but they jumped ahead of MSNBC for 2nd place in almost every category. Here’s a breakdown:

Wolf Blitzer‘s 6pmET hour of The Situation Room was CNN’s best in the demo, finishing 2nd by just 4,000. John King the next hour more than doubled Chris Matthews in the demo the next hour. All the CNN prime time hosts (Campbell Brown, Larry King) topped their MSNBC competitors in the demo, and Anderson Cooper beat MSNBC in total viewers as well.

Joy Behar on HLN performed well Tuesday also, finishing 2nd at 9pmET (behind just FNC) in the demo and had the most total viewers of all shows on HLN.

Rachel Maddow‘s 11pmET repeat topped all other programs on the network in the demo, and finished 2nd in the hour behind FNC.

Bill O’Reilly had the top show on all of cable news – Glenn Beck was #2 in both categories.

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

Beck

532

Blitzer

301

Matthews

146

Showbiz

109

6 pm

Baier

360

Blitzer

356

Ed Show

149

Prime

155

7 pm

Shep

378

King, USA

279

Matthews

132

Issues

180

8 pm

O’Reilly

589

Brown

208

Olbermann

182

Grace

244

9 pm

Hannity

424

King

263

Maddow

230

Behar

268

10 pm

Greta

413

Cooper

324

Olbermann

217

Grace

280

11 pm

O’Reilly

489

Cooper

192

Maddow

238

Showbiz

194

TOTAL DAY 316 225 122 163
PRIME TIME 476 265 210 261
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

2084

Blitzer

769

Matthews

589

Showbiz

228

6 pm

Baier

1865

Blitzer

795

Ed Show

679

Prime

324

7 pm

Shep

1573

King, USA

646

Matthews

629

Issues

408

8 pm

O’Reilly

2436

Brown

602

Olbermann

910

Grace

645

9 pm

Hannity

1888

King

944

Maddow

959

Behar

811

10 pm

Greta

1666

Cooper

951

Olbermann

743

Grace

621

11 pm

O’Reilly

1525

Cooper

524

Maddow

528

Showbiz

466

TOTAL DAY 1202 594 425 347
PRIME TIME 1997 832 871 689
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

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