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Fox’s Bill O’Reilly Dominates Cable News, Even Crushes Cougar Town

Cable news ratings, December 8, 2010:

The O’Reilly Factor had an unusually strong night Wednesday, dominating all cable news programs–on Fox and elsewhere–with 964,000 viewers 25-54 (more than CNN’s Parker/Spitzer, Larry King Live and AC360 combined). Bill O’Reilly also had the distinction of beating prime time fare on ABC, outperforming a Cougar Town special in terms of total viewers, 3.6 million to 3.4 million.

•In the ten o’clock hour, Anderson Cooper‘s AC360 drifted back into fourth place in terms of viewers 25-54, trailing Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC by 155,000 viewers and Greta Van Susteren on Fox by 349,000.

Here’s the full scoreboard:

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

502

Blitzer

175

Matthews

204

Showbiz

53

6 pm Baier

472

Blitzer

172

Ed Show

222

Prime

74

7 pm Shep

437

King, USA

176

Matthews

219

Issues

163

8 pm O’Reilly

964

ParkerSpitzer

180

Olbermann

363

Grace

203

9 pm Hannity

734

King

195

Maddow

300

Behar

166

10 pm Van Susteren

543

Cooper

194

O’Donnell

349

Grace

200

11 pm O’Reilly

520

Cooper

133

Olbermann

238

Showbiz

140

TOTAL DAY 407 154 182 119
PRIME TIME 748 190 338 188
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

2033

Blitzer

742

Matthews

651

Showbiz

168

6 pm Baier

2278

Blitzer

671

Ed Show

666

Prime

183

7 pm Shep

2017

King, USA

498

Matthews

632

Issues

433

8 pm O’Reilly

3617

ParkerSpitzer

548

Olbermann

1120

Grace

618

9 pm Hannity

2261

King

969

Maddow

938

Behar

544

10 pm Van Susteren

2012

Cooper

780

O’Donnell

960

Grace

505

11 pm O’Reilly

1606

Cooper

356

Olbermann

608

Showbiz

309

TOTAL DAY 1622 534 532 295
PRIME TIME 2753 765 1007 550
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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