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In Wake Of Christine O’Donnell Walk-Off, Piers Morgan Tonight Tops CNN Ratings

One night after former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell walked off their set and into a media maelstrom, CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight topped the network’s lineup, both in total viewers, and the target 25-54 year-old demo. Thursday night’s episode of PMT pulled in 809,000 total viewers, and 241,000 in the demo, placing it a close third behind MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, and topping the rest of CNN’s offerings for Thursday.

In addition to some recap and analysis of O’Donnell’s interview exit, the show also featured an interview with Meat Loaf, and live coverage of the fluctuating stock market.

Fox News continued to dominate the other cable news networks, but MSNBC (227,000) barely edged CNN (221,000) in average prime time demo viewers.

Here are the complete cable news ratings for Thursday night:

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

403

Blitzer

109

Matthews

160

Special

86

6 pm Baier

448

Blitzer

116

Live

136

Prime

85

7 pm Shep

537

King, USA

150

Matthews

150

Issues

108

8 pm O’Reilly

671

Cooper

213

O’Donnell

194

Grace

182

9 pm Hannity

524

Morgan

241

Maddow

289

DrDrew

97

10 pm Van Susteren

498

Cooper

208

Schultz

197

Behar

104

11 pm O’Reilly

502

King, USA

157

O’Donnell

149

Showbiz

100

TOTAL DAY 351 122 120 95
PRIME TIME 567 221 227 124
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

1560

Blitzer

590

Matthews

689

Special

270

6 pm Baier

1985

Blitzer

416

Live

599

Prime

348

7 pm Shep

1767

King, USA

439

Matthews

664

Issues

410

8 pm O’Reilly

2787

Cooper

557

O’Donnell

790

Grace

708

9 pm Hannity

2006

Morgan

809

Maddow

860

DrDrew

435

10 pm Van Susteren

1880

Cooper

620

Schultz

717

Behar

422

11 pm O’Reilly

1266

King, USA

418

O’Donnell

424

Showbiz

404

TOTAL DAY 1199 378 424 307
PRIME TIME 2229 665 789 509
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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