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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Has Best Ratings In Cable News Friday Night (Among Viewers 25-54)

Cable news ratings, May 27, 2011:

•MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow had the highest-rated show in cable news Friday night in terms of viewers 25-54. Maddow had an average audience of 388,000 viewers in the demo, easily winning the 9 p.m. hour (a Sean Hannity special on Fox News was a distant second with 189,000) and leading all cable news programs. Fox’s Glenn Beck was second, with 356,000.

•HLN’s Nancy Grace continued to see strong ratings with continued coverage of the Casey Anthony trial, hitting 349,000 viewers 25-54 for her 8 p.m. hour, which put Grace in first place and third among cable news programs overall.

Here’s the full scoreboard:

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

356

Blitzer

164

Matthews

164

Special

161

6 pm Baier

301

Blitzer

134

Live

164

Prime

168

7 pm Shep

264

King, USA

130

Matthews

157

Issues

193

8 pm O’Reilly

302

InTheArena

107

O’Donnell

286

Grace

349

9 pm Hannity

189

Morgan

110

Maddow

388

DrDrew

170

10 pm Van Susteren

191

Cooper

309

Lockup

170

Behar

64

11 pm O’Reilly

242

Cooper

234

Lockup

253

Showbiz

80

TOTAL DAY 247 151 179 144
PRIME TIME 231 175 281 189
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

1467

Blitzer

511

Matthews

609

Showbiz

825

6 pm Baier

1573

Blitzer

434

Live

602

Prime

713

7 pm Shep

1309

King, USA

403

Matthews

556

Issues

730

8 pm O’Reilly

1753

InTheArena

445

O’Donnell

865

Grace

1251

9 pm Hannity

1095

Morgan

488

Maddow

1068

DrDrew

516

10 pm Van Susteren

897

Cooper

766

Lockup

349

Behar

331

11 pm O’Reilly

781

Cooper

488

Lockup

449

Showbiz

277

TOTAL DAY 1015 434 500 509
PRIME TIME 1259 566 761 676
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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