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Thursday Cable Ratings: Anderson Cooper Helps CNN Beat MSNBC in Primetime Demo

With ongoing coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Thursday night, Anderson Cooper helped lift CNN above MSNBC in the 25-54 demo in prime time. Anderson Cooper 360 was the only CNN to beat MSNBC in prime time, but he did it by enough to put the network’s average in #2, behind Fox News.

Cooper had 287K viewers in the demo compared to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, who had 164K. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell beat CNN’s Chicagoland and special coverage of the plane search at 9 and 10pm ET, respectively. In total viewers, Cooper also beat Hayes but it was not enough to keep CNN out of third place there.


Here are the rest of your Thursday ratings:

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
6 – 9 am Fox & Friends 

232

New Day 

169

Morning Joe 

97

Express 

112

5 pm The Five 

266

Blitzer 

122

Schultz 

112

Detective 

25

6 pm Baier 

253

Blitzer 

168

Sharpton 

145

Detective 

22

7 pm Van Susteren 

223

Burnett 

154

Matthews 

171

Velez-Mitchell 

45

8 pm O’Reilly 

421

Cooper 

287

Hayes 

164

Grace 

92

9 pm Kelly 

387

Tapper 

142

Maddow 

198

Dr. Drew 

96

10 pm Boston Special 

247

Chicagoland 

132

O’Donnell 

148

Files 

115

11 pm O’Reilly 

254

Lemon 

134

Hayes 

82

Files 

193

PRIME TIME 352 187 170 101
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
6 – 9 am Fox & Friends 

1.003

New Day 

502

Morning Joe 

310

Express 

208

5 pm The Five 

1.683

Blitzer 

451

Schultz 

510

Detective 

110

6 pm Baier 

1.642

Blitzer 

549

Sharpton 

519

Detective 

134

7 pm Van Susteren 

1.495

Burnett 

538

Matthews 

806

Velez-Mitchell 

199

8 pm O’Reilly 

2.560

Cooper 

837

Hayes 

650

Grace 

343

9 pm Kelly 

2.203

Tapper 

597

Maddow 

877

Dr. Drew 

315

10 pm Boston Special 

1.327

Chicagoland 

366

O’Donnell 

624

Files 

369

11 pm O’Reilly 

1.025

Lemon 

417

Hayes 

251

Files 

443

PRIME TIME 2.044 600 717 342
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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