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Wednesday Cable Ratings: Trump Interview Causes Big Spike for CNN

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With a Chris Cuomo-hosted hour-long interview during the 9 p.m. hour Wednesday night, Donald Trump helped CNN boost its ratings compared to the rest of the primetime schedule, but it still wasn’t enough to beat Fox News.

CNN’s Trump special came in second place at 9 p.m. with 369K in the 25-54 demo and 1.144M total viewers. Fox News’ The Kelly File, with guest-host Martha MacCallum (who didn’t have a Trump interview), remained solidly in first place with 513K in the demo and 2.558M total viewers.


Here are the rest of your Wednesday ratings:

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

186

New Day 

80

Morning Joe 

99

5 pm The Five 

232

Blitzer 

123

MSNBC Live 

47

6 pm Baier 

267

Blitzer 

149

Sharpton 

80

7 pm Van Susteren 

293

Burnett 

204

Matthews 

171

8 pm O’Reilly 

574

Cooper 

259

Hayes 

172

9 pm Kelly 

513

Special 

369

Maddow 

174

10 pm Hannity 

545

Lemon 

265

O’Donnell 

131

11 pm O’Reilly 

359

Cooper 

191

Hayes 

93

PRIME TIME 544 298 159
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

 

TV NEWS RATINGS: TOTAL VIEWERS (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC
6 – 9 am Fox & Friends 

901

New Day 

323

Morning Joe 

404

5 pm The Five 

1.861

Blitzer 

467

MSNBC Live 

470

6 pm Baier 

1.975

Blitzer 

533

Sharpton 

532

7 pm Van Susteren 

1.969

Burnett 

570

Matthews 

1.000

8 pm O’Reilly 

3.083

Cooper 

843

Hayes 

856

9 pm Kelly 

2.558

Special 

1.144

Maddow 

968

10 pm Hannity 

2.034

Lemon 

770

O’Donnell 

808

11 pm O’Reilly 

1.243

Cooper 

510

Hayes 

372

PRIME TIME 2.558 919 878
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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