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CNN’s John King’s Ratings On The Rise, Closing On Fox’s Shep Smith Wednesday

Cable news ratings, May 4, 2011:

•CNN’s John King, whose John King, USA has been the subject of repeated rumors suggesting its days might be numbered, has quietly gone on a ratings tear, with Wednesday night’s JK USA attracting 433,000 viewers 25-54, easily beating third-place Chris Matthews on MSNBC, and closing within 100,000 viewers of top-rated Shepard Smith on Fox News.

Among CNN shows, King was the highest-performing show in primetime after Anderson Cooper’s AC 360, which finished in first place in the demo at 10 p.m. with 702,000 viewers (nearly 200,000 ahead of Fox’s Greta Van Susteren).

•At MSNBC, each of the network’s major primetime shows landed in third place Wednesday, with Lawrence O’Donnell falling behind CNN’s In the Arena, Rachel Maddow lagging behind CNN’s Piers Morgan, and MSNBC’s Ed Schultz a distant third at 10 p.m.

Here’s the full scoreboard:

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

507

Blitzer

394

Matthews

181

Special

68

6 pm Baier

415

Blitzer

388

Live

172

Prime

103

7 pm Shep

530

King, USA

433

Matthews

271

Issues

82

8 pm O’Reilly

732

InTheArena

351

O’Donnell

276

Grace

129

9 pm Hannity

560

Morgan

358

Maddow

340

DrDrew

104

10 pm Van Susteren

506

Cooper

702

Schultz

306

Behar

125

11 pm O’Reilly

541

Cooper

451

O’Donnell

230

Showbiz

107

TOTAL DAY 396 347 190 107
PRIME TIME 608 471 307 117
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

2092

Blitzer

1101

Matthews

761

Showbiz

197

6 pm Baier

1988

Blitzer

1257

Live

784

Prime

285

7 pm Shep

1971

King, USA

1039

Matthews

976

Issues

260

8 pm O’Reilly

3165

InTheArena

929

O’Donnell

1094

Grace

375

9 pm Hannity

2284

Morgan

1152

Maddow

1172

DrDrew

239

10 pm Van Susteren

2081

Cooper

1671

Schultz

954

Behar

315

11 pm O’Reilly

1746

Cooper

1027

O’Donnell

517

Showbiz

280

TOTAL DAY 1553 923 635 253
PRIME TIME 2519 1251 1075 303
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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