Fox News’ Hannity Has Huge Ratings Day Thursday, CNN’s Erin Burnett Third in Time Slot


Fox News enjoyed a big day on Thursday, leading across the board in total day viewership and primetime while tallying up especially huge numbers in the primetime 8 PM to 11 PM time slot. Fox’s Hannity dominated in both the key 25-54 demographic and overall viewers, leading all of cable news in both metrics.

According to Nielsen, Fox News pulled in a robust 3.83 million total viewers and a demo audience of 836,000 in the primetime hours. MSNBC finished second in both metrics, snagging 2.452 million overall viewers and 534,000 in the demo. CNN averaged an overall audience of 1.031 million and grabbed 357,000 demo viewers.

In total day, Fox News totaled 2.022 million overall viewers and 438,000 in the demo. MSNBC was the runner-up in both total viewership (1.174 million) and the 25-54 metric (258,000). CNN captured 688,000 total viewers and 220,000 in the demographic.

Looking at the individual programs, Hannity pulled in 4.154 million total viewers and 901,000 in the demographic. Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight was the number two show in all of cable total viewership (3.717 million) and third in the key demo (776,000). Fox’s 10 PM show, The Ingraham Angle, was second in the demo (831,000) while finishing third overall in total viewership (3.616 million).

MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show was the top non-Fox cable news show, finishing fourth overall in the demo (663,000) and total audience (3.044 million). MSNBC’s other primetime shows, All In with Chris Hayes and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, both finished second in their time slots in both the demo and total viewership. The Last Word was eighth overall in the demo (515,000) and seventh in total viewers (2.368 million).

At 7 PM, CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront was third in both the demo (310,000) and overall audience (934,000). MSNBC’s Hardball averaged 1.747 million total viewers and 335,000 demographic viewers in the time slot while Fox News’ The Story with Martha MacCallum led the way at 7 PM in both metrics.

Cuomo Prime Time was the most-watched CNN program in total viewers (1.061 million) while 10 PM’s airing of Anderson Cooper 360 led the way in the key demo (392,000).

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