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Monday Ratings: The Five Gets Its Highest Ratings Ever

With a shout-out from Entertainment Weekly boosting its place in the public eye, FOX News’ The Five produced its highest ratings in the show’s history on Monday night, attracting 460,000 viewers in the 25-54 year-old demo. The Five, FOX News’ multi-headed replacement for Glenn Beck, debuted in July and has gathered a respectable following over the past four months. It was an especially strong night for cable news across the board, as the Conrad Murray verdict, Herman Cain sexual harassment allegations, and Penn State child molestation news combined to bring in viewers in bunches to the cable news shows.

Other nuggets from Monday night:

  • Bill O’Reilly attracted 3.4 million total viewers, just narrowly missing a momentous upset of Rock Center With Brian Williams, which attracted 3.64 million on broadcast network NBC.
  • Piers Morgan had an exclusive interview with Cain accuser Sharon Bialek, pulling him ahead of Rachel Maddow at 9 p.m., giving CNN a second-place finish in the time slot. CNN had five second-place finishes on Monday; HLN and MSNBC had one each.
  • Dr. Drew had a borderline-inappropriate Internet hit with his examination of 17 year-old Courtney Stodden‘s breasts during his daytime show, Lifechangers (Borderline-inappropriate spoiler alert: They’re real!), but pulled in a terrible 70,000 viewers in the demo for his HLN show. His ratings were the worst of any show on any cable news channel Monday night.
  • Ed Schultz‘s replay at 11 p.m. and HLN’s Showbiz Tonight Special at 10 p.m. were the only other shows to attract less than 100,000 viewers, with 77,000 and 94,000, respectively, in the demo.
  • And now for a new little toy we’re trying out — Average time slot finish:

    FOX: 1
    CNN: 2.3
    HLN: 3.3
    MSNBC: 3.4

    The rest of your Monday night ratings:

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

    460

    Blitzer 

    199

    Matthews 

    149

    Special 

    292

    6 pm Baier 

    555

    King, USA 

    161

    Sharpton 

    116

    Prime 

    157

    7 pm Shep 

    535

    Burnett 

    158

    Matthews 

    170

    Issues 

    129

    8 pm O’Reilly 

    812

    Cooper 

    218

    Schultz 

    135

    Grace 

    142

    9 pm Hannity 

    577

    Piers 

    204

    Maddow 

    197

    Dr. Drew 

    70

    10 pm Van Susteren 

    379

    Cooper 

    249

    O’Donnell 

    151

    HLN Special 

    94

    11 pm O’Reilly 

    325

    CNN Presents 

    144

    Schultz 

    77

    Showbiz 

    110

    TOTAL DAY 309 162 106 136
    PRIME TIME 589 224 163 100
    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 

    1,867

    Blitzer 

    825

    Matthews 

    866

    Special 

    873

    6 pm Baier 

    2,341

    King, USA 

    592

    Sharpton 

    613

    Prime
    575
    7 pm Shep 

    2,288

    Burnett 

    502

    Matthews 

    806

    Issues 

    473

    8 pm O’Reilly 

    3,400

    Cooper 

    537

    Schultz 

    761

    Grace 

    362

    9 pm Hannity 

    2,196

    Piers 

    564

    Maddow 

    849

    DrDrew 

    172

    10 pm Greta 

    1,498

    Cooper 

    637

    O’Donnell 

    702

    HLN Special 

    235

    11 pm O’Reilly 

    1,073

    CNN Presents393 Schultz 

    389

    Showbiz 

    247

    TOTAL DAY 1,280 468 458 379
    PRIME TIME 2,367 579 773 252
    Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data
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