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Tuesday Night Ratings: Cable Networks Get Boost From Primaries

Last night, all the cable networks (except for HLN) switched over to live coverage of the GOP primary results and all of them (except for HLN) got big boosts accordingly. CNN and MSNBC got their big numbers first, switching to coverage at 8pm. Fox News was the last to switch completely over but they more than made up for it, earning the biggest numbers of the night.

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm The5 

368

Blitzer 

189

Matthews 

219

Special 

32

6 pm Baier 

316

King, USA 

143

Sharpton 

211

Prime 

47

7 pm Shep 

395

Primary Coverage 

243

Matthews 

247

Velez-Mitchell 

86

8 pm O’Reilly 

724

Primary Coverage 

330

Primary Coverage 

282

Grace 

148

9 pm Primary Coverage 

541

Primary Coverage 

422

Primary Coverage 

351

Dr. Drew 

86

10 pm Primary Coverage 

527

Primary Coverage 

360

Primary Coverage 

248

Grace 

84

11 pm Primary Coverage 

400

Primary Coverage 

230

Primary Coverage 

143

Showbiz 

104

TOTAL DAY 329 173 164 84
PRIME TIME 597 371 294 106
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 The5 

1.810

Blitzer 

898

Matthews 

927

Special 

221

6 pm Baier 

1.741

King, USA 

652

Sharpton 

896

Prime 

213

7 pm Shep 

1.801

Primary Coverage 

669

Matthews 

939

Velez-Mitchell 

315

8 pm O’Reilly 

2.934

Primary Coverage 

1.030

Primary Coverage 

1.150

Grace 

498

9 pm Primary Coverage 

2.172

Primary Coverage 

1.248

Primary Coverage 

1.271

DrDrew 

357

10 pm Primary Coverage 

2.030

Primary Coverage 

1.047

Primary Coverage 

1.065

Grace 

279

11 pm Primary Coverage 

1.368

Primary Coverage 

528

Primary Coverage 

528

Showbiz 

296

TOTAL DAY 1.358 570 570 250
PRIME TIME 2.381 1.109 1.109 375
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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