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Fox News Domination, Revisited: Top Cable News Programs Of 2009

oreilly_8-3We’ve documented Fox News’ strong ratings throughout the year – 2009 saw their best ratings of all time…and the past few years have been huge as well.

When looking at the cable news landscape as a whole, through the top 20 programs in total viewers and the demo, the dominance can be viewed in a different, but still obvious, light.

The Huffington Post has the breakdown of the top cable programs of 2009. #1 in both categories was The O’Reilly Factor, which has been the same for years. Sean Hannity had the silver and Glenn Beck got the bronze in both categories.

In total viewers, FNC had all of the top 10 programs of 2009. MSNBC’s first appearance on the list was #11, with Countdown – followed by two more FNC shows. #14 on the list was Larry King Live of CNN. The first HLN entry to the top 20 was #18 Nancy Grace.

In the A25-54 demo, FNC had the top seven programs. Countdown finished #8, Grace at #10 and Anderson Cooper at #12. While FNC dominated the top of both lists, more non-FNC shows appeared on the demo top 20. In fact, Cooper and Grace made the list twice.

Below are the full top 20s. Happy New Year:

Total Viewers
1. The O’Reilly Factor
2. Hannity
3. Glenn Beck
4. Special Report
5. On The Record
6. The Fox Report
7. O’Reilly Factor (repeat)
8. Your World
9. Americas Newsroom
10. Studio B
11. Countdown
12. Happening Now
13. The Live Desk
14. Larry King Live
15. Fox & Friends
16. Rachel Maddow
17. AC360
18. Nancy Grace
19. Campbell Brown
20. Situation Room

Demo
1. The O’Reilly Factor
2. Hannity
3. Glenn Beck
4. On The Record
5. The O’Reilly Factor (repeat)
6. Fox Report
7. Special Report
8. Countdown
9. America’s Newsroom
10. Nancy Grace
11. Fox & Friends
12. AC 360
13. Your World
14. Rachel Maddow
15. Larry King
16. Studio B
17. Live Desk
18. AC 360 (repeat)
19. Nancy Grace (repeat)
20. MSNBC Investigates

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