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Wednesday Ratings Rundown: MSNBC Easily Tops CNN Every Hour From 5 To 10 PM In Key Demo

MSNBC’s post-afternoon line-up bested CNN in the demo Wednesday. From Hardball down the line through The Last Word, each of them topped all of CNN’s programming.

Fox News had another banner night with The Five marking their 2nd highest rated show ever in the demo since the show’s launch back last July, drawing 481,000 and 1.8 million in total viewers. According to Nielsen, The Five –-still a relatively new show– beat all four networks combined in the demo: CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and HLN.

The Five’s highest rated show was in November, but the show only aired for 21 minutes due to a Herman Cain press conference.

Wednesday night’s full ratings:

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

481

Blitzer

99

Matthews

113

Special

45

6 pm Baier

486

King, USA

118

Sharpton

164

Prime

50

7 pm Shep

442

Burnett

116

Matthews

184

Issues

93

8 pm O’Reilly

641

Cooper

145

Schultz

271

Grace

136

9 pm Hannity

523

Piers

192

Maddow

329

Dr. Drew

113

10 pm Van Susteren

439

Cooper

196

O’Donnell

233

Grace

119

11 pm O’Reilly

313

Burnett

165

Schultz

162

Showbiz

73

TOTAL DAY 338 118 154 87
PRIME TIME 536 178 278 121
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

1.837

Blitzer

561

Matthews

799

Special

226

6 pm Baier

2.133

King, USA

535

Sharpton

786

Prime
257
7 pm Shep

1.848

Burnett

428

Matthews

745

Issues

432

8 pm O’Reilly

3.148

Cooper

531

Schultz

1.064

Grace

569

9 pm Hannity

2.243

Piers

593

Maddow

1.078

DrDrew

433

10 pm Greta

1.858

Cooper

592

O’Donnell
880
Grace

336

11 pm O’Reilly

1.171

Burnett

372

Schultz
554
Showbiz

191

TOTAL DAY 1.411 420 571 261
PRIME TIME 2.418 572 1.014 440
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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