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Friday Ratings: Bret Baier Laps Field In Demo; HLN Likely Misses Casey Anthony Coverage

There was a lot of news to digest last week, and it appears that the ratings winner based on Friday’s ratings was Fox News Bret Baier, who enjoyed more viewers in demo than all of his cable news competitors combined. This high number helped his Fox News cohorts, as even O’Reilly enjoyed good numbers despite a substitute host in Laura Ingraham Monica Crowley.

On the other end of the spectrum is HLN, who likely miss the resolution of the Casey Anthony trial. The national obsession with that particular story was ratings gold for HLN, but their August ratings have dropped to much lower, though not unreasonable ratings. A honeymooning Joy Behar certainly did not help their ratings.

Anderson Cooper‘s transition to the 8pm time has still not yet turned to a ratings boon for CNN, though the rerun at 10pm is getting a decent number, which likely makes the programmers at CNN reasonably happy. Still too early to call the move of AC360 to 8pm a hit yet.

Here are the complete cable news ratings for Friday night:

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

384

Blitzer

129

Matthews

171

Special

128

6 pm Baier

549

Blitzer

147

Live

149

Prime

143

7 pm Shep

414

King, USA

151

Matthews

151

Issues

151

8 pm O’Reilly

402

Cooper

198

O’Donnell

158

Grace

182

9 pm Hannity

348

Morgan

223

Maddow

217

DrDrew

118

10 pm Van Susteren

380

Cooper

251

Schultz

178

Behar

91

11 pm O’Reilly

228

CNN Presents

200

Lockup

231

Showbiz

136

TOTAL DAY 318 148 149 112
PRIME TIME 414 224 224 129
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

1458

Blitzer

497

Matthews

660

Special

335

6 pm Baier

2008

Blitzer

470

Live

575

Prime

403

7 pm Shep

1533

King, USA

391

Matthews

583

Issues

510

8 pm O’Reilly

2357

Cooper

529

O’Donnell

676

Grace

580

9 pm Hannity

1830

Morgan

727

Maddow

790

DrDrew

441

10 pm Reporting

1584

Cooper

625

Lockup

376

Behar

296

11 pm O’Reilly

1173

CNN Presents

487

Lockup

442

Showbiz

424

TOTAL DAY 1258 455 450 333
PRIME TIME 1926 647 615 443
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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