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Wednesday Ratings: Fox #1, MSNBC #2, CNN Drops to #3 In Prime Time Total Viewers

After two strong nights of exclusive interviews with participants in the George Zimmerman trial, CNN dropped to 3rd place in the prime time cable news ratings Wednesday night in both the 25-54 demo and total viewers. Fox News was #1 with 416K in the demo and 2.197M total. MSNBC was second with 241K in the demo and 734K total. And CNN was third with 219K in the demo and 575K total.

On Fox, The O’Reilly Factor led the night with 491K in the demo and 2.990M total viewers. For MSNBC, Lawrence O’Donnell had the highest demo rating with 281K while Al Sharpton, who aired an extended interview with Rachel Jeantel, had the highest total rating with 850K. And, on CNN, Anderson Cooper‘s 8pm broadcast had the highest demo rating with 228K while Piers Morgan had the highest total rating with 625K at 9pm.

Here are the rest of your Wednesday night ratings:

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

255

Blitzer 

161

Matthews 

103

Express 

104

6 pm Baier 

259

Blitzer 

130

Sharpton 

226

Express 

113

7 pm Smith 

258

Burnett 

159

Matthews 

177

Velez-Mitchell 

158

8 pm O’Reilly 

491

Cooper 

228

Hayes 

195

Grace 

213

9 pm Hannity 

439

Morgan 

209

Maddow 

246

Dr. Drew 

199

10 pm Van Susteren 

317

Cooper 

220

O’Donnell 

281

After Dark 

151

11 pm O’Reilly 

336

Cooper 

217

Hayes 

128

Showbiz 

95

TOTAL DAY 251 162 124 97
PRIME TIME 416 219 241 188
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 The Five 

1.986

Blitzer 

532

Matthews 

637

Express 

239

6 pm Baier 

1.858

Blitzer 

418

Sharpton 

850

Express 

248

7 pm Smith 

1.553

Burnett 

440

Matthews 

641

Velez-Mitchell 

347

8 pm O’Reilly 

2.990

Cooper 

592

Hayes 

633

Grace 

468

9 pm Hannity 

2.087

Morgan 

625

Maddow 

779

Dr. Drew 

474

10 pm Van Susteren 

1.497

Cooper 

507

O’Donnell 

789

After Dark 

335

11 pm O’Reilly 

1.281

Cooper 

536

Hayes 

331

Showbiz 

255

TOTAL DAY 1.234 430 393 248
PRIME TIME 2.197 575 734 426
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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