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FNC Debate Coverage Leads Cable News Ratings for Friday, September 26

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September 29th, 2008

FNC pulled in 8.21 million and led all cable news networks for the debate,  leading CNN's 7.14 million. FNC coverage of the first Bush - Kerry debate in 9/04 pulled 9.561 million, but that debate had more viewers across the board.

Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for September 26, 2008

P2+ Total Day
FNC – 2,233,000 viewers
CNN –1,738,000 viewers
MSNBC – 1,155,000 viewers
CNBC – 425,000 viewers
HLN – 359,000 viewers

P2+ Prime Time
FNC – 6,949,000 viewers
CNN –5,475,000 viewers
MSNBC-3,326,000 viewers
CNBC –470,000 viewers
HLN – 657,000 viewers

25-54 Total Day
FNC – 633,000 viewers
CNN –716,000 viewers
MSNBC – 444,000 viewers
CNBC –138,000 viewers
HLN- 163,000 viewers

25-54 Prime Time
FNC –2,129,000 viewers
CNN – 2,439,000 viewers
MSNBC – 1,372,000 viewers
CNBC – 156,000 viewers
HLN – 267,000 viewers

35-64 Total Day
FNC –1,042,000 viewers
CNN – 885,000 viewers
MSNBC – 637,000 viewers
CNBC – 235,000 viewers
HLN – 207,000 viewers

35-64 Prime Time
FNC – 3,226,000 viewers
CNN –2,623,000 viewers
MSNBC –1,795,000 viewers
CNBC –274,000 viewers
HLN –354,000 viewers

Morning programs (6:00AM-9:00AM) P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
FOX & Friends –1,233,000 viewers (346,000) (703,000)
American Morning-749,000 viewers (263,000) (435,000)
Morning Joe- 616,000 viewers (218,000) (333,000)
Squawk Box- 357,000 viewers (138,000) (231,000)
Morning Express w/ Meade- 253,000 viewers (124,000) (146,000)

6PM - P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
Special Report with Brit Hume – 2,299,000 viewers (415,000) (951,000)
Situation Room- 1,290,000 viewers (455,000) (622,000)
Race/White House w/d Gregory- 949,000 viewers (334,000) (497,000)
Mad Money–479,000 viewers (164,000) (289,000)
Prime News- 371,000 viewers (171,000) (212,000)

7PM - P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
Fox Report w/ Shepard Smith – 2,336,000 viewers (547,000) (1,108,000)
Lou Dobbs–1,607,000 viewers (539,000) (762,000)
Hardball w/Chris Matthews—1,355,000 viewers (453,000) (744,000)
**Is Your Money Safe(7PM-9PM)—342,000 viewers (112,000) (219,000)
Glenn Beck – 463,000 viewers (183,000) (276,000)

8PM - P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
**The O’Reilly Factor (8PM-850PM)- 4,531,000 viewers (1,088,000) (1,969,000)
**Pres. Debate CVG—(850PM-901PM)--5,850,000 viewers (1,629,000) (2,626,000)
Election Center—2,366,000 viewers (924,000) (1,075,000)
Countdown w/Keith Olbermann– 2,379,000 viewers (848,000) (1,277,000)
Nancy Grace –1,181,000 viewers (494,000) (661,000)

9 PM - P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
**Pres Debate—(901PM-10:38PM)—8,211,000 viewers (2,612,000) (3,813,000)
**SR Pres Debate 1 2008 (9PM-1039PM)—7,140,000 viewers (3,272,000) (3,443,000)
**Debate (9PM-1037PM)–3,922,000 viewers (1,691,000) (2,134,000)
**Presidential Debate (9PM-1030PM) - 574,000 viewers (196,000) (327,000)
Glenn Beck- 344,000 viewers (110,000) (172,000)

10 PM P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
**On the Record w/Greta (1038PM-11PM)—7,413,000 viewers (2,614,000) (3,793,000)
**Anderson Cooper 360 (1039PM-11PM)–6,502,000 viewers (2,827,000) (3,173,000)
**Post Debate Analysis–3,278,000 viewers (1,398,000) (1,716,000)
**CNBC Special Report (1030PM-11PM)—474,000 viewers (150,000) (270,000)
Nancy Grace –508,000 viewers (228,000) (266,000)

11 PM P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
**Pres Debate Analysis(11PM-1129PM)—4,654,000 viewers (1,700,000) (2,312,000)
**Hannity & Colmes (1129PM-12AM)—3,160,000 viewers (1,255,000) (1,546,000)
Anderson Cooper 360—4,297,000 viewers (1,916,000) (2,381,000)
Countdown w/Keith Olbermann–2,298,000 viewers (943,000) (1,247,000)
Mad Money—273,000 viewers (96,000) (186,000)
Showbiz Tonight– 463,000 viewers (229,000) (247,000)

P2+ = viewers over the age of 2

(25-54) = Adults 25-54 viewing

(35-64) = Adults 35-64 viewing

Prime Time = 8-11pm

LIVE+SD: The number that watched a program either while it was broadcast OR watched via DVR on the same day [through 3AM the next day] the program was broadcast. For more information see Numbers 101.

Scratch = when a show's audience fails to meet minimum Nielsen reporting levels. For more information go here.

Nielsen Cable Network Coverage Estimates (as of March, 2008)

CNN/HLN: 96.93 million HHs
CNBC:        95.13 million HHs
FNC:           94.55 million HHs
MSNBC:      91.59 million HHs

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
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