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Fox’s Greta Van Susteren Puts Distance Between On The Record And Cable News Competition

Cable news ratings, May 18, 2011:

•Fox’s Greta Van Susteren jumped away from the competition at 10 p.m., with an average 461,000 viewers 25-54 Wednesday night. That put On the Record easily into first place for the hour, and more than 200,000 viewers ahead of the second place finisher, Ed Schultz at MSNBC (251,000). CNN’s Anderson Cooper was third with 234,000.

Among Fox shows, Van Susteren’s ratings were strong enough in the demo to put OTR into third place overall, behind the network’s powerhouse programs O’Reilly Factor and Hannity.

•CNN’s In the Arena was among the lowest-rated cable news programs on any of the three major cable news networks Wednesday, with 127,000 viewers 25-54. That put the Eliot Spitzer led show in fourth place for the 8 p.m. hour, behind Fox’s Bill O’Reilly, whose show outperformed all the competition combined in terms of viewers 25-54.

Here’s the full scoreboard:

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

317

Blitzer

186

Matthews

192

Special

85

6 pm Baier

393

Blitzer

168

Live

122

Prime

95

7 pm Shep

441

King, USA

140

Matthews

218

Issues

145

8 pm O’Reilly

671

InTheArena

127

O’Donnell

254

Grace

150

9 pm Hannity

509

Morgan

162

Maddow

273

DrDrew

81

10 pm Van Susteren

461

Cooper

234

Schultz

251

Behar

137

11 pm O’Reilly

348

Cooper

248

O’Donnell

204

Showbiz

103

TOTAL DAY 336 160 172 98
PRIME TIME 547 173 259 120
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

1711

Blitzer

672

Matthews

768

Special

238

6 pm Baier

1989

Blitzer

545

Live

591

Prime

291

7 pm Shep

1703

King, USA

483

Matthews

699

Issues

479

8 pm O’Reilly

2811

InTheArena

525

O’Donnell

1003

Grace

655

9 pm Hannity

2027

Morgan

640

Maddow

899

DrDrew

214

10 pm Van Susteren

1880

Cooper

718

Schultz

802

Behar

502

11 pm O’Reilly

1268

Cooper

568

O’Donnell

532

Showbiz

328

TOTAL DAY 1347 501 539 275
PRIME TIME 2241 622 902 450
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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