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Fox News Dominates Election Night Ratings Tuesday, Hannity’s Best Ever

Cable news ratings, January 19, 2010: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• In the first of many elections night taking place in 2010, Fox News dominated the cable news networks, with its highest prime time viewership since Election Day 2008. FNC was the #1 news network by far, topping CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined in prime time and total day, total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. Sean Hannity has his best ratings ever in total viewers at 9pmET – the hour Bret Baier announced Scott Brown‘s victory.

• FNC didn’t just clean up on cable. The network had more viewers during prime time than The Jay Leno Show, and Greta Van Susteren‘s 10pmET show and Hannity’s 9pmET show topped all ABC prime time programs.

• CNN finished 2nd in every category, total day and prime time, with MSNBC 3rd. One TV critic had a major problem with MSNBC’s coverage.

Check out all the ratings below, and leave your own thoughts in the comments:

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

Beck

956

Blitzer

260

Matthews

158

Prime

92

6 pm

Baier

800

Blitzer

361

Ed Show

161

Prime

82

7 pm

Shep

908

Tonight

387

Matthews

245

Issues

186

8 pm

O’Reilly

1460

Brown

380

Olbermann

396

Grace

269

9 pm

Hannity

2129

King

507

Maddow

422

Behar

291

10 pm

Greta

2077

Cooper

564

Olbermann

343

Grace

207

11 pm

Greta

1022

Cooper

497

Maddow

249

Showbiz

173

TOTAL DAY 757 290 172 160
PRIME TIME 1901 483 387 250
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

3446

Blitzer

1076

Matthews

656

Prime

236

6 pm

Baier

3338

Blitzer

1135

Ed Show

620

Prime

235

7 pm

Shep

3241

Tonight

1191

Matthews

798

Issues

425

8 pm

O’Reilly

5228

Brown

1308

Olbermann

1274

Grace

768

9 pm

Hannity

6809

King

1681

Maddow

1236

Behar

845

10 pm

Greta

6399

Cooper

1508

Olbermann

903

Grace

429

11 pm

Greta

2908

Cooper

1071

Maddow

641

Showbiz

342

TOTAL DAY 2586 898 547 353
PRIME TIME 6161 1503 1138 668
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

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