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O’Reilly Wins at 8pm, But Big Night For Olbermann In Return

Cable news ratings, August 3, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• As usual, Bill O’Reilly was the top-rated cable news host last night in both the A25-54 demographic and in total viewers. But in Keith Olbermann‘s return, and in his outright assertion of independence in the face of ‘Truce’-gate, the MSNBC host had a solid rating. 445,000 demo viewers watched, while 1,338,000 total. That was the top show on either MSNBC or CNN. (O’Reilly had 788,000 in demo and 3,504,000 viewers.)

• The lead-in helped Rachel Maddow‘s hour at 9pmET on MSNBC, who saw some of her best ratings recently with 400,000 in the demo and 1,255,000 total. That was good enough to beat every program on CNN.

Sean Hannity held strong for FNC at 9pmET, with the 2nd best show of the night in the demo and total viewers.

• The top show on CNN was Larry King Live, who had an exclusive, and explosive, interview with Griffin O’Neal, Ryan O’Neal‘s son.

Check out all the ratings below, and leave your own thoughts in the comments:

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

 

635

Blitzer

 

113

Matthews

 

135

Prime

 

97

6 pm Baier

 

447

Blitzer

 

105

EdShow

 

103

Prime

 

111

7 pm Shep

 

366

Dobbs

 

228

Matthews

 

227

Issues

 

131

8 pm O’Reilly

 

788

Brown

 

198

Olbermann

 

445

Grace

 

217

9 pm Hannity

 

668

King

 

342

Maddow

 

400

Issues

 

128

10 pm Greta

 

640

Cooper

 

255

Olbermann

 

302

Grace

 

162

11 pm O’Reilly

 

460

Cooper

 

222

Maddow

 

182

Showbiz

 

159

TOTAL DAY 327 133 132 119
PRIME TIME 699 265 384 163
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

 

2243

Blitzer

 

612

Matthews

 

615

Prime

 

222

6 pm Baier

 

1908

Blitzer

 

456

EdShow

 

551

Prime

 

252

7 pm Shep

 

1648

Dobbs

 

688

Matthews

 

771

Issues

 

325

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3504

Brown

 

652

Olbermann

 

1338

Grace

 

675

9 pm Hannity

 

2720

King

 

1155

Maddow

 

1255

Issues

 

369

10 pm Greta

 

2184

Cooper

 

830

Olbermann

 

785

Grace

 

402

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1419

Cooper

 

613

Maddow

 

532

Showbiz

 

329

TOTAL DAY 1247 578 422 266
PRIME TIME 2804 862 1128 498
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

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