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CNN’s Anderson Cooper Has Highest Rated Show In Cable News Among Viewers 25-54

Cable news ratings, March 18, 2011:

•CNN’s Anderson Cooper finished first among cable news shows Friday night, hitting 599,000 viewers 25-54. That was the highest-rated show on any network for the night, beating usual ratings news champ The O’Reilly Factor on Fox.

Overall, Fox News placed second in primetime among viewers 25-54 as CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Piers Morgan and Cooper finished first in their timeslots. Fox was without two of its stars, though, with Juan Williams subbing for Bill O’Reilly and the network airing a special on Japan in Sean Hannity‘s 9 p.m. timeslot Friday, and CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight was first, with 388,000 viewers, just ahead of Fox’s 385,000. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show was a distant third (Maddow herself was off) with 154,000 viewers.

•After a week of third-place finishes for MSNBC’s primetime shows (with Fox News staying strong and CNN seeing significantly stronger ratings), MSNBC devoted an hour at 11 p.m. Friday to Japan, and that was the network’s best-rated hour of the night, with 274,000 viewers 25-54, well ahead of Ed Schultz, Lawrence O’Donnell and Maddow. The hour still placed third, however, behind timeslot winner Anderson Cooper on CNN, and Fox’s O’Reilly Factor (rebroadcast).

Here’s the full scoreboard:

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

438

Blitzer

470

Matthews

103

Showbiz

121

6 pm Baier

372

Blitzer

387

Live

95

Prime

107

7 pm Shep

437

King, USA

355

Matthews

146

Issues

143

8 pm O’Reilly

515

InTheArena

339

O’Donnell

206

Grace

184

9 pm Japan

385

Morgan

388

Maddow

154

Missing

91

10 pm Van Susteren

331

Cooper

599

Schultz

175

Behar

65

11 pm O’Reilly

296

Cooper

423

Japan

274

Showbiz

96

TOTAL DAY 332 347 135 133
PRIME TIME 410 442 178 109
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

1799

Blitzer

1313

Matthews

620

Showbiz

285

6 pm Baier

1739

Blitzer

1132

Live

544

Prime

216

7 pm Shep

1667

King, USA

918

Matthews

603

Issues

371

8 pm O’Reilly

2232

InTheArena

898

O’Donnell

814

Grace

551

9 pm Japan

1548

Morgan

1029

Maddow

697

Missing

275

10 pm Van Susteren

1416

Cooper

1266

Schultz

704

Behar

250

11 pm O’Reilly

847

Cooper

1022

Japan

594

Showbiz

274

TOTAL DAY 1270 908 473 296
PRIME TIME 1732 1066 738 348
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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