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On Big News Night, Tight Race Between Greta Van Susteren and Lawrence O’Donnell

Cable news ratings, January 10, 2011:

•On a big news night where Fox dominated the ratings, there was an unusually tight race at 10 p.m., with Fox’s Greta Van Susteren only narrowly beating MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell among viewers 25-54: 297,000 to 267,000. None of the other head-to-head matchups were anywhere nearly as close, with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly crushing MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann (771,000 viewers 25-54 to 435,000)

•CNN’s Parker Spitzer switched to a live format on Monday, and ratings were significantly better than some of the struggling shows weaker performances. The number of viewers 25-54 (147,000) was nowhere near its timeslot rivals at MSNBC and Fox, but not far from sister network HLN, where Nancy Grace averaged 213,000.

Here’s the full scoreboard:

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

539

Blitzer

147

Matthews

177

Showbiz

73

6 pm Baier

509

Blitzer

167

Ed Show

186

Prime

74

7 pm Shep

480

King, USA

160

Matthews

207

Issues

152

8 pm O’Reilly

771

ParkerSpitzer

147

Olbermann

435

Grace

213

9 pm Hannity

543

Cooper

207

Maddow

331

Behar

111

10 pm Van Susteren

297

Cooper

182

O’Donnell

269

Grace

107

11 pm O’Reilly

366

ParkerSpitzer

79

Olbermann

159

Showbiz

71

TOTAL DAY 353 154 174 103
PRIME TIME 537 179 345 144
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

2151

Blitzer

841

Matthews

899

Showbiz

164

6 pm Baier

2439

Blitzer

703

Ed Show

897

Prime

213

7 pm Shep

2034

King, USA

592

Matthews

824

Issues

473

8 pm O’Reilly

3170

ParkerSpitzer

615

Olbermann

1421

Grace

694

9 pm Hannity

1928

Cooper

629

Maddow

1160

Behar

316

10 pm Van Susteren

1441

Cooper

651

O’Donnell

1024

Grace

332

11 pm O’Reilly

1220

ParkerSpitzer

195

Olbermann

591

Showbiz

225

TOTAL DAY 1432 527 641 275
PRIME TIME 2180 631 1202 447
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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