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Friday Cable Ratings: CNN Beats Every Fox News Primetime Show in Demo

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On a very busy news day Friday, CNN beat Fox News across the board in the 25-54 demo for both total day and primetime. Between 5 p.m. and midnight, CNN topped Fox in the demo for every hour, starting with The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, which had 405K compared to The Five’s 277K.

In total viewers, Fox News was #1 with 1.682M, though CNN’s numbers were unusually high with an average of 1.052M. At 10 p.m., CNN Tonight with Don Lemon (1.026M) came very close to beating a Fox terrorism special, which had 1.059M. At 8 p.m., Eric Bolling filled in for Bill O’Reilly, but Megyn Kelly did host her show the following hour.

We should note that in place of Sean Hannity‘s program last Friday, Fox ran a special report about Jordan and terrorism hosted by Bret Baier.

Here are the rest of your Friday ratings:

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC
6 – 9 am Fox & Friends 

172

New Day 

94

Morning Joe 

87

5 pm The Five 

277

Blitzer 

405

Schultz 

113

6 pm Baier 

302

Blitzer 

371

Sharpton 

87

7 pm Van Susteren 

306

Burnett 

376

Matthews 

127

8 pm Special/O’Reilly 

321/334

Cooper 

336

Hayes 

136

9 pm Kelly 

307

Cooper 

312

Maddow 

264

10 pm Special 

172

Tonight 

262

Investigates 

149

11 pm O’Reilly 

174

Tonight 

239

Investigates 

176

PRIME TIME 269 303 183
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

 

TV NEWS RATINGS: TOTAL VIEWERS (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC
6 – 9 am Fox & Friends 

884

New Day 

312

Morning Joe 

396

5 pm The Five 

1.964

Blitzer 

1.418

Schultz 

773

6 pm Baier 

2.001

Blitzer 

1.030

Sharpton 

598

7 pm Van Susteren 

1.807

Burnett 

1.070

Matthews 

639

8 pm Special/O’Reilly 

1.904/2.084

Cooper 

1.167

Hayes 

707

9 pm Kelly 

1.977

Cooper 

916

Maddow 

1.253

10 pm Special 

1.059

Tonight 

1.026

Investigates 

344

11 pm O’Reilly 

793

Tonight 

893

Investigates 

345

PRIME TIME 1.682 1.052 770
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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