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Greta Tops Hannity, Maddow Tops Countdown

Cable news ratings, July 24, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Greta Van Susteren followed up on her highest total viewer average of 2009 with another strong night on Friday for part two of her interview with radio star Rush Limbaugh. Van Susteren’s 10pmET On the Record topped FNC’s 9pmET program, Sean Hannity‘s Hannity in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic – a rare occurrence.

Rachel Maddow was in Friday night on MSNBC at 9pmET, and Keith Olbermann at 8pmET was not (Richard Wolffe subbed). It certainly helped Maddow get a rare victory over Countdown in both total viewers and the demo.

• CNN’s Campbell Brown has struggled in the ratings, and it was no more evident on Friday night. Her total viewer average of 637,000 was topped by the A25-54 demo average of her 8pmET opponent on FNC, Bill O’Reilly‘s The O’Reilly Factor (he had 668,000). Update: Rick Sanchez was filling in for Brown Friday night.

• While Nancy Grace‘s HLN show enjoyed a 2nd place in the demo (behind FNC), she did not perform as well in total viewers. CNN’s Brown and MSNBC’s Countdown edged Grace in total, pushing the HLN host to 4th at 8pmET.

• In the ongoing battle for 2nd place in prime time, MSNBC topped CNN in the demo, while CNN defeated MSNBC in total viewers.

Check out all the ratings below, and leave your own thoughts in the comments:

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

537

Blitzer

122

Matthews

115

Prime

73

6 pm Baier

458

Blitzer

113

EdShow

117

Prime

124

7 pm Shep

431

Dobbs

99

Matthews

187

Issues

138

8 pm O’Reilly

668

Brown

154

Olbermann

187

Grace

193

9 pm Hannity

530

King

152

Maddow

217

Issues

147

10 pm Greta

636

Cooper

234

Olbermann

191

Grace

150

11 pm O’Reilly

352

Cooper

288

Maddow

164

Showbiz

131

TOTAL DAY 323 164 350 273
PRIME TIME 614 180 198 160
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 Beck

2247

Blitzer

714

Matthews

489

Prime

191

6 pm Baier

1810

Blitzer

581

EdShow

500

Prime

209

7 pm Shep

1638

Dobbs

502

Matthews

555

Issues

317

8 pm O’Reilly

2642

Brown

637

Olbermann

705

Grace

609

9 pm Hannity

2136

King

871

Maddow

788

Issues

420

10 pm Greta

2401

Cooper

729

Olbermann

414

Grace

381

11 pm O’Reilly

1167

Cooper

658

Maddow

350

Showbiz

327

TOTAL DAY 1271 570 350 273
PRIME TIME 2396 746 636 463
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

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