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Friday Ratings: A Good Night For HLN’s Vinnie Politan…And Porn

Vinnie Politan, host of HLN’s Prime News, rebounded nicely from a Tuesday night low of 45,000 viewers in the 25-54 year-old demo to capture his second straight second-place finish in the 6 p.m. time slot, besting Al Sharpton and John King with 208,000 demo viewers on Friday night (he pulled an impressive 204,000 on Thursday). In fact, Politan’s demo numbers were behind just Rachel Maddow‘s for the highest among non-FOX News shows. He had better numbers than any show on HLN and CNN, and even took down the mighty MSNBC late-night specials among the 25-54 year olds.

Other fun from Friday:

  • With 158,000 viewers in the demo on Friday, Erin Burnett made it an entire week of growing off John King‘s lead-in. She also beat Chris Matthews at 7 p.m., but fell into third behind Shepard Smith and Jane Velez-Mitchell. Her replay at 11 p.m., however, put her in second place in that time slot.
  • We don’t usually get into the CNBC ratings, but their Porn: Business of Pleasure special at 10 p.m. drew 148,000 viewers in the demo. It would have finished in third place, behind Greta Van Susteren and Anderson Cooper.
  • FOX News once again ruled in every time slot, while HLN grabbed three silvers at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m., CNN took second at 8 p.m., 10 p.m., and 11 p.m., and MSNBC finished second at 9 p.m.
  • The rest of your Friday night ratings:

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

    363

    Blitzer 

    105

    Matthews 

    130

    Special 

    201

    6 pm Baier 

    442

    King, USA 

    99

    Sharpton 

    127

    Prime 

    208

    7 pm Shep 

    436

    Burnett 

    158

    Matthews 

    155

    Issues 

    171

    8 pm O’Reilly 

    526

    Cooper 

    192

    Schultz 

    190

    Grace 

    140

    9 pm Hannity 

    436

    Piers 

    127

    Maddow 

    251

    Dr. Drew 

    113

    10 pm Van Susteren 

    361

    Cooper 

    161

    MSNBC Investigates 

    139

    Behar 

    124

    11 pm O’Reilly 

    357

    Burnett 

    150

    MSNBC Investigates 

    147

    Showbiz 

    86

    TOTAL DAY 316 124 131 116
    PRIME TIME 441 160 193 126
    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 

    1,589

    Blitzer 

    539

    Matthews 

    675

    Special 

    130

    6 pm Baier 

    2,063

    King, USA 

    458

    Sharpton 

    629

    Prime
    633
    7 pm Shep 

    1,850

    Burnett 

    592

    Matthews 

    663

    Issues 

    555

    8 pm O’Reilly 

    2,911

    Cooper 

    637

    Schultz 

    832

    Grace 

    479

    9 pm Hannity 

    1,926

    Piers 

    612

    Maddow 

    1,046

    DrDrew 

    447

    10 pm Greta 

    1,526

    Cooper 

    501

    MSNBC Investigates
    314
    Behar 

    394

    11 pm O’Reilly 

    1,022

    Burnett 

    389

    MSNBC Investigates 

    307

    Showbiz 

    294

    TOTAL DAY 1,251 433 433 345
    PRIME TIME 2,127 583 731 437
    Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data
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