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Wolf Blitzer Breaks A Million Viewers, Beats Chris Matthews On Night Of Big News

Cable news ratings, February 10, 2011:

•As Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak teased the world with his will-I-or-won’t-I speech to his nation Thursday, viewership across cable news was up, especially at Wolf Blitzer‘s Situation Room on CNN, which attracted 1,036,000 viewers at 5 p.m., more than enough to put Sit Room into second place ahead of Chris Matthews on MSNBC, but still far behind Glenn Beck on Fox News, which had a total audience of 2,243,000. In terms of viewers 25-54, Blitzer more than doubled Matthews’ audience, 286,000 to 137,000. Beck had 502,000.

•With Egypt driving most of the coverage Thursday, CNN took second place across the board ahead of MSNBC–Parker Spitzer ahead of Lawrence O’Donnell, Piers Morgan beating Rachel Maddow, and Anderson Cooper easily outdistancing Ed Schultz. Fox News, however, dominated the raw numbers in every timeslot, even beating CNN, MSNBC, HLN and CNBC combined in terms of total viewers.

Here’s the full scoreboard:

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

502

Blitzer

286

Matthews

137

Showbiz

34

6 pm Baier

524

Blitzer

236

Live

144

Prime

45

7 pm Shep

537

King, USA

222

Matthews

182

Issues

78

8 pm O’Reilly

821

ParkerSpitzer

196

O’Donnell

165

Grace

139

9 pm Hannity

619

Morgan

248

Maddow

216

Missing

134

10 pm Van Susteren

506

Cooper

296

Schultz

180

Behar

130

11 pm O’Reilly

500

Cooper

232

O’Donnell

118

Showbiz

118

TOTAL DAY 398 132 137 116
PRIME TIME 649 191 278 145
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 Beck

2243

Blitzer

1036

Matthews

844

Showbiz

115

6 pm Baier

2335

Blitzer

792

Live

592

Prime

166

7 pm Shep

1936

King, USA

690

Matthews

677

Issues

281

8 pm O’Reilly

3325

ParkerSpitzer

724

O’Donnell

843

Grace

513

9 pm Hannity

2293

Morgan

941

Maddow

765

Missing

399

10 pm Van Susteren

1744

Cooper

826

Schultz

575

Behar

298

11 pm O’Reilly

1353

Cooper

624

O’Donnell

348

Showbiz

286

TOTAL DAY 1540 681 534 248
PRIME TIME 2455 831 728 398
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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