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Stossel Solid In Post-Beck Rotation Debut, As HLN Swarms Ratings Friday Night

Cable news ratings, July 1, 2011:

•Here’s a ratings fact you don’t see often–if ever: on Friday night, HLN’s Casey Anthony coverage easily won every hour of the night in terms of viewers in the key 25-54 demographic, with the lowest-rated hour, at 11 p.m., still outperforming every other cable news show, including all of the programs on Fox News. HLN’s ratings win was of course aided by the trial reaching its conclusion–and the rest of cable news being in slow summer Friday mode. HLN’s best hour, Special Report, had an average audience of 610,000 viewers 25-54. Nancy Grace had the second-highest-rated hour, with 589,000 viewers.

•On Friday, the post-Glenn Beck era had a solid start, with John Stossel averaging 256,000 viewers in the demo, outperforming both CNN and MSNBC, but well behind HLN.

Here’s the full scoreboard:

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

256

Blitzer

102

Matthews

106

Special

610

6 pm Baier

299

Blitzer

155

Live

114

Prime

462

7 pm Shep

319

King, USA

118

Matthews

115

Issues

416

8 pm O’Reilly

317

InTheArena

85

O’Donnell

157

Grace

589

9 pm Hannity

295

Morgan

91

Maddow

256

DrDrew

514

10 pm Van Susteren

290

Special

155

Schultz

192

Grace

416

11 pm O’Reilly

232

Special

153

O’Donnell

318

Issues

339

TOTAL DAY 244 110 147 406
PRIME TIME 301 111 202 502
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 Stossel

1080

Blitzer

530

Matthews

491

Special

2254

6 pm Baier

1553

Blitzer

437

Live

488

Prime

1541

7 pm Shep

1365

King, USA

285

Matthews

535

Issues

1408

8 pm O’Reilly

1447

InTheArena

360

O’Donnell

729

Grace

1935

9 pm Hannity

1520

Morgan

499

Maddow

856

DrDrew

1504

10 pm Van Susteren

1194

Special

486

Lockup

405

Grace

1338

11 pm O’Reilly

858

Special

459

Lockup

558

Issues

1059

TOTAL DAY 1006 372 449 1361
PRIME TIME 1390 448 663 1572
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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