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Fox News Leads Qhaddafi Coverage - Cable News Ratings for Thursday, October 20, 2011

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October 21st, 2011

When news of Qhaddafi’s capture broke in the morning hours, FOX News Channel's FOX & Friends beat American Morning and Morning Joe combined in both total viewers and adults 25-54. FOX & Friends’ 25-54 demo from 6-9am (358,000) was higher than CNN’s total viewers (307,000) and Morning Joe’s total viewers (357,000).

Update: an earlier version of this post had the wrong 6a-9a data in the table below, I apologize for any inconvenience.

Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for October 20, 2011

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,229            308            583
CNN         610            185            285
MSNBC         493            131            233
CNBC         183             55            102
FBN           76             14             40
HLN         339            114            187
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,167            443            894
CNN         819            294            400
MSNBC         971            249            469
CNBC         147             58             68
FBN           62             21             39
HLN         600            178            298
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,111            358            673
CNN American Morning         307            113            159
MSNBC Morning Joe         357            130            184
CNBC Squawk Box         180             91            124
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         246            100            173
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,431            307            684
CNN Situation Room         965            187            380
MSNBC Hardball WITH C. MATTHEWS         906            168            332
CNBC FAST MONEY         223             41            120
HLN HLN SPECIAL REPORT         560            168            307
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,952            445            830
CNN John King USA         854            215            377
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         762            153            311
CNBC Mad Money         194             40            113
HLN Prime News         571            156            337
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC The Fox Report W/S.SMITH       1,801            395            785
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         679            189            304
MSNBC Hardball WITH C. MATTHEWS         734            159            383
CNBC Kudlow Report         176             63            106
HLN ISSUES         690            205            405
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,993            550         1,208
CNN Anderson Cooper 360         891            332            457
MSNBC Last Word W/ L. ODONNELL         937            197            428
CNBC COFFEE ADDICTION, THE         143             63             76
HLN Nancy Grace         753            185            371
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC Hannity       2,182            449            895
CNN Piers Morgan Tonight         777            249            354
MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show       1,097            325            558
CNBC HOW I MADE MY MILLIONS         131             45             50
HLN Dr. Drew         582            184            294
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,319            324            575
CNN Anderson Cooper 360         789            300            390
MSNBC Ed Show         874            225            420
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         166             67             79
HLN Joy Behar         495            177            243
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,314            440            688
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         482            196            240
MSNBC Last Word W/ L. ODONNELL         544            151            265
CNBC Mad Money           88             50             59
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         424            134            177

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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 July, 2011)

CNN/HLN: 101.12 million HHs

CNBC: 98.62 million HHs

FNC: 99.15 million HHs

MSNBC: 95.72 million HHs

Fox Business: 58.15 million HHs

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
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