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Friday’s Ratings: Fox News And The Five Fly High

Fox News’ The Five has shown some solid growth in their ratings since their debut, but they hadn’t yet been the highest-rated show of the night on any channel. Until Friday night.

Not only did they win the time slot for the 25-54 year-old demo, but they took down every other news show on cable. Granted, Juan WIlliams Laura Ingraham was subbing once again for Bill O’Reilly, but The Five still beat out the rest of the shows on the FNC slate, all of which are normally very strong.

Some other fun facts from Friday:

  • There were plenty of specials floating around — from MSN’s Michael Jackson programs to FOX’s Iowa — throwing things into a bit of chaos. Fox News actually finished a shockingly-low third at 10 p.m., trotting out the Iowa show (which pre-empted Greta Van Susteren against the Jackson special and Anderson Cooper.
  • Speaking of…a rising Anderson Cooper and his AC360 drew more viewers than MSNBC’s The Ed Show
  • Huzzahs to Nancy Grace, who captured 234,000 demo viewers at 8 p.m., catapulting her into second place in the slot, just 1,000 viewers ahead of Anderson Cooper. Dr. Drew benefited from Grace’s strong lead-in, attracting 191,000 viewers and finishing in third.
  • Average time slot finish:

    FOX: 1.3
    MSNBC: 2.3
    CNN: 2.9
    HLN: 3.6

    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 

    446

    Blitzer 

    137

    Matthews 

    184

    Special 

    74

    6 pm Baier 

    421

    King, USA 

    176

    Sharpton 

    164

    Prime 

    122

    7 pm Shep 

    297

    Burnett 

    152

    Matthews 

    204

    Meade 

    85

    8 pm O’Reilly 

    430

    Cooper 

    233

    Schultz 

    195

    Grace 

    234

    9 pm Hannity 

    296

    Piers 

    172

    Maddow 

    250

    Dr. Drew 

    191

    10 pm Iowa 

    197

    Cooper 

    201

    Jackson 

    240

    Behar 

    75

    11 pm O’Reilly 

    289

    Burnett 

    97

    Jackson 

    159

    Showbiz 

    61

    TOTAL DAY 302 131 160 99
    PRIME TIME 308 202 228 163
    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 

    1,633

    Blitzer 

    717

    Matthews 

    850

    Special 

    282

    6 pm Baier 

    2,065

    King, USA 

    629

    Sharpton 

    796

    Prime 

    365

    7 pm Shep 

    1.522

    Burnett 

    616

    Matthews 

    804

    Meade201
    8 pm O’Reilly 

    2.189

    Cooper 

    795

    Schultz 

    879

    Grace 

    701

    9 pm Hannity 

    1.584

    Piers 

    582

    Maddow 

    944

    DrDrew 

    570

    10 pm Iowa 

    1,130

    Cooper 

    673

    Jackson 

    525

    Behar 

    273

    11 pm O’Reilly 

    830

    Burnett 

    394

    Jackson 

    337

    Showbiz 

    267

    TOTAL DAY 1,261 497 548 279
    PRIME TIME 1,636 684 783 504
    Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data
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