Fox News was once again on the top of the cable news ratings heap Friday, leading across the board in both total day and primetime viewership. MSNBC was able to boast one key victory as The 11th Hour led its time slot in the key 25-54 demographic. CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time, however, continued to trail the competition at the 9 PM hour, finishing third in the demo (355,000) and total viewers (1.031 million).
According to Nielsen, Fox News pulled in 1.638 million overall viewers and 339,000 in the demographic for total day. MSNBC finished second in total viewership (1.095 million) and third in the key demo (234,000) for the entire day. Meanwhile, CNN nabbed 722,000 total viewers while placing second in the demographic (248,000).
During the primetime 8 PM to 11 PM time slot, Fox News attracted 2.85 million total viewers and a demo audience of 548,000. MSNBC was second in both metrics, averaging 2.123 million overall viewers and attracting 446,000 in the demographic. CNN captured an overall audience of 1.024 million and 363,000 in the 25-54 demo.
Fox News’ Hannity was the most-watched show in cable news on Friday, topping both total viewership (3.091 million) and the demo (601,000). Fox’s Tucker Carlson Tonight was second overall in both metrics, averaging 2.991 total viewers and 571,000 in the demographic. Hannity’s 9 PM MSNBC competitor, The Rachel Maddow Show, was third for the day in overall audience (2.565 million) and the key demo (543,000).
At 11 PM, The 11th Hour with Brian Williams led the way in the demo with 329,000 viewers. It finished a close second to Fox News at Night in total viewership, pulling in 1.478 million to the Fox program’s 1.504 million.
The top show on CNN for the day was 8 PM’s Anderson Cooper 360 as it led the network in total viewers (1.141 million) and demo audience (423,000).
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