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Thursday Cable Ratings: Fox #1, CNN Beats MSNBC with MH17 Coverage

The Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash dominated cable news on Thursday, giving ratings boosts to all three networks, but especially CNN, which tends to thrive during big breaking news events. Fox News remained the #1 spot, growing 71% in the 25-54 demo and 52% in total viewers in primetime compared to the average of the previous four Thursdays. CNN came in second, jumping 176% in the demo and 82% in total viewers compared to the previous four Thursdays.


Though it was up 62% in primetime demo and 40% in total viewers compared to the previous weeks, MSNBC fell to third place overall. Fox’s Hannity was the highest-rated show of the night in the demo with 615K viewers, while The O’Reilly Factor was #1 in total with 3.477M. During the 7 p.m. hour, CNN’s Erin Burnett Out Front was #1 in the demo, beating Fox’s On The Record with Greta Van Susteren 412K to 377K.

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 

231

New Day 

75

Morning Joe 

44

Express 

112

5 pm Smith 

415

Blitzer 

383

Schultz 

114

Files 

81

6 pm Baier 

481

Blitzer/Crossfire 

351

Sharpton 

118

Files 

76

7 pm Van Susteren 

377

Burnett 

412

Matthews 

125

Velez-Mitchell 

84

8 pm O’Reilly 

561

Cooper 

486

Hayes 

171

Grace 

112

9 pm Kelly 

534

Cooper 

487

Maddow 

212

Dr. Drew 

105

10 pm Hannity 

615

Lemon 

490

O’Donnell 

168

Files 

176

11 pm Kelly 

548

Cooper 

362

Hayes 

156

Files 

180

PRIME TIME 570 488 184 131
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 

952

New Day 

267

Morning Joe 

250

Express 

225

5 pm Smith 

2.367

Blitzer 

1.320

Schultz 

658

Files 

155

6 pm Baier 

2.618

Blitzer 

1.069

Sharpton 

540

Files 

134

7 pm Van Susteren 

2.093

Burnett 

1.124

Matthews 

748

Velez-Mitchell 

188

8 pm O’Reilly 

3.477

Cooper 

1.323

Hayes 

825

Grace 

325

9 pm Kelly 

3.185

Cooper 

1.289

Maddow 

906

Dr. Drew 

356

10 pm Hannity 

2.578

Lemon 

1.054

O’Donnell 

744

Files 

444

11 pm Kelly 

2.034

Cooper 

815

Hayes 

480

Files 

555

PRIME TIME 3.081 1.222 826 375
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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