HLN Beat CNN in Total Viewers for Total Day and Primetime Last Week

Categories: Cable News Ratings

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March 6th, 2013

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HLN, typically the lowest rated cable news network, beat its sibling channel CNN last week in Total Viewers during both primetime and Total Day. The last time that HLN beat CNN was during July 2011, during the Casey Anthony trial, which was covered extensively by HLN personality Nancy Grace.

HLN ranked 34th in primetime (.509 million)  and 31st in Total Day (.371 million) while CNN ranked 36th in primetime (.488 million) and 33rd in Total Day (.369 million).

FNC continued its reign as the top cable news channel, ranking number three among ad supported cable channels during primetime (1.917 million) and number five in total day (1.159 million) among Total Viewers. MSNBC ranked 23rd in primetime (.742 million) and 26th in total day (.423 million).

Note: These rankings only include ad supported cable channels, thus excluding The Disney Channel and other non ad supported channels which are included in the weekly cable rankers.


  • Ralph Hahn

    @Morgan Wick: To add to Hillbilly’s post: cable news programs are rated against each other in the 25-54 demo while regulat cable programming’s success (or failure) rests with the 18-49 demo.

    The list of cable programs rated in the Top 100 are 18-49 demos. Not 25-54. There are days that “The Factor” could be the highest rated show is they WERE rating the 25-54 demo.

  • robert

    CNN is crap. Bad hosts and very poor reporting.

  • Madison


    I’m a Canadian too and it’s not true that Canada only has one biased news network. CBC News Network is even more liberal than MSNBC if not as overt about it.

    CNN’s problem is that Erin Burnett is an epic bore and then after Anderson Cooper at 8 p.m. it’s all tape. And, CNN barely does any reporting anymore in prime time – it’s just panel discussions with second-rate pundits and softball arguments attempting to seem neutral. CNN either needs to hire Sarah Palin and Michael Moore and turn the network into an entertaining circus or fully go the other way and spend money on a real investigative team and start pumping out hours of 60 Minutes-level reporting.

  • Hillbilly

    Morgan Wick – We only receive the top 100 cable shows for adults 25-54 for the whole day from our primary source, if you don’t see your show it was not in that top 100 list.


    I stand humbly corrected & confused.

    I’ve suggested in the past that that disclaimer be reworded to emphasize that 25-54 =/= the 18-49 numbers used everywhere else in the post, especially since that’s been the main source of confusion when I’ve looked in the comments sections, but I don’t think I’ve even been correctly interpreted by the powers that be.

    I will join in your crusade for the “blue team” to clarify why different numbers are used. :)

    Thanks for correcting my error & your cordial reply.

  • InquiringMinds

    @DOUG Fox Business Channel is NOT a NEWS Channel but a BUSINESS news channel like Bloomberg and CNBC. You know that, so why are you being a Decepticon?

  • Morgan Wick

    @Madison: Sarah Palin and Michael Moore? That sounds like it would be First Take, not PTI.

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