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Friday Night Cable News Ratings: Greta Rules

Friday night was a strong one for Greta Van Susteren, who ruled the cable news ratings in the 25-54 year-old demo, pulling in 483,000 demo viewers for her Fox News show, the most of any on the prime time cable news slate. It should be noted that Laura Ingraham was filling in for usual cable news champ Bill O’Reilly.

Also of note — over the weekend, as news of Whitney Houston‘s death spread, CNN was the place to be, as viewers flocked to the station in droves. The network peaked between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., pulling in 3.155 million viewers, who watched Don Lemon and Piers Morgan deliver what little news there was and drive most of the interviews and early remembrances. During the 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. primetime block, CNN averaged 2.534 million viewers, and 1.198 million in the demo, beating Fox News and MSNBC combined.

Your full Friday night cable news ratings:

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm The5 

346

Blitzer 

80

Matthews 

126

Special 

52

6 pm Baier 

342

King, USA 

77

Sharpton 

139

Prime 

66

7 pm Shep 

265

Burnett 

94

Matthews 

197

Velez-Mitchell 

100

8 pm O’Reilly 

359

Cooper 

106

Schultz 

205

Grace 

115

9 pm Hannity 

455

Piers 

114

Maddow 

272

Dr. Drew 

59

10 pm Van Susteren 

483

Cooper 

144

Special 

189

Grace 

66

11 pm O’Reilly 

377

Burnett 

111

Special 

246

Showbiz 

97

TOTAL DAY 307 101 138 76
PRIME TIME 433 121 222 78
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 The5 

1,763

Blitzer 

453

Matthews 

730

Special 

167

6 pm Baier 

1,879

King, USA 

314

Sharpton 

664

Prime
209
7 pm Shep 

1,477

Burnett 

335

Matthews 

756

Velez-Mitchell 

269

8 pm O’Reill 

2,403

Cooper 

380

Schultz 

994

Grace 

337

9 pm Hannity 

2,143

Piers 

410

Maddow 

1,015

DrDrew 

254

10 pm Greta 

1,782

Cooper 

483

Special
409
Grace 

186

11 pm O’Reilly 

1,086

Burnett 

269

Special
381
Showbiz 

218

TOTAL DAY 1,338 361 492 206
PRIME TIME 2,113 425 793 254
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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