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Wednesday Cable Ratings: O’Reilly’s Return Helps Fox Regain Primetime Demo Lead

Bill O’Reilly returned from vacation last night, and in the process helped Fox News regain its primetime demo lead over CNN, which has seen a surge in viewership with its coverage of Ferguson, Missouri.

Overall Wednesday night, Fox averaged 540K in the 25-54 demo in primetime, beating CNN (362K) and MSNBC (156K) combined. The O’Reilly Factor was the ratings leader for the night with 615K in the demo and 3.329M total viewers.

The only place CNN beat Fox was during the 5 p.m. hour when The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer came out ahead of The Five in the demo, 392K to 390K.


Here are the rest of your Wednesday ratings:

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

199

New Day 

149

Morning Joe 

87

Express 

140

5 pm The Five 

390

Blitzer 

392

Schultz 

88

Files 

64

6 pm Baier 

380

Blitzer 

280

Sharpton 

169

Files 

64

7 pm Van Susteren 

398

Burnett 

256

Matthews 

169

Velez-Mitchell 

158

8 pm O’Reilly 

615

Cooper 

346

Hayes 

135

Grace 

186

9 pm Kelly 

524

Cooper 

306

Maddow 

178

Dr. Drew 

151

10 pm Hannity 

475

Tonight 

423

O’Donnell 

156

Files 

112

11 pm Smith 

479

Tonight 

394

Hayes 

115

Files 

166

PRIME TIME 540 362 156 150
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 

929

New Day 

469

Morning Joe 

347

Express 

242

5 pm The Five 

2.278

Blitzer 

999

Schultz 

540

Files 

155

6 pm Baier 

2.215

Blitzer 

862

Sharpton 

643

Files 

123

7 pm Van Susteren 

1.974

Burnett 

902

Matthews 

763

Velez-Mitchell 

296

8 pm O’Reilly 

3.329

Cooper 

946

Hayes 

637

Grace 

423

9 pm Kelly 

2.642

Cooper 

773

Maddow 

880

Dr. Drew 

341

10 pm Hannity 

2.217

Tonight 

1.034

O’Donnell 

755

Files 

353

11 pm Smith 

1.601

Tonight 

890

Hayes 

429

Files 

529

PRIME TIME 2.732 921 757 372
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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