via press release:


MSNBC Continues to Top CNN for 3Q 2011

MSNBC Beats CNN at 5p, 6p, 7p, 8p, 9p, and 10p for 3Q 2011

‘Morning Joe’ Tops CNN’s “American Morning” for the 7th Consecutive Quarter

“Morning Joe,” “Hardball,” and “Maddow” Up Double Digits Compared to 3Q 2010

NEW YORK – September 27, 2011 – MSNBC continued to top CNN in primetime for 3rd quarter of 2011, finishing ahead of the formerly dominant news network for the 8th consecutive quarter. MSNBC continues to top CNN in the mornings as well, with “Morning Joe” beating “American Morning” for the seventh consecutive quarter. MSNBC topped CNN at 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m. in 3Q 2011 and “Morning Joe,” “Hardball” at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and “The Rachel Maddow Show” are all up double digits compared to 3rd quarter of 2010. Following are ratings highlights for 3Q 2011.


MSNBC beat CNN in primetime for 3Q 2011 (756,000 vs. 676,000) in total viewers and in A25-54 (244,000 vs. 221,000). This marks the 8th consecutive quarterly victory.

In 3Q 2011, “Morning Joe” surpassed third place CNN’s “American Morning” among total viewers (442,000 vs. 268,000) and HLN’s Robin Meade (442,000 vs. 341,000). This marks the 7th consecutive quarter “Morning Joe” has topped “American Morning” and the 15th consecutive quarter the program has beaten HLN. “Morning Joe” also continued to top CNN in A25-54 in 3Q 2011 (152,000 vs. 110,000). Compared to 3Q 2010, “Morning Joe” is up 36% among total viewers and 19% among A25-54 in 3Q 2011.

At 5 p.m., “Hardball with Chris Matthews” topped CNN’s “Situation Room” for the quarter in both total viewers (689,000 vs. 667,000) and A25-54 (163,000 vs. 160,000). Compared to 3Q 2010, “Hardball” at 5 p.m. is up 32% among total viewers and 19% among A25-54 in 3Q 2011.

At 6 p.m., where the network now airs “PoliticsNation” with Al Sharpton, MSNBC topped CNN in total viewers for 3Q 2011 (598,000 vs. 591,000).

The 7 p.m. airing of “Hardball with Chris Matthews” finished 3Q 2011 well ahead of CNN, by 39% in total viewers (710,000 vs. 509,000) and A25-54 (181,000 vs. 160,000). This is the 8th consecutive quarter MSNBC has topped CNN at 7 p.m. Compared to 3Q10, “Hardball” is up 22% in total viewers and 6% among A25-54.

At 8 p.m., “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” MSNBC continued to top CNN in 3Q11 in total viewers (840,000 vs. 612,000) and among A25-54 (200,000 vs. 187,000). This marks the 14th consecutive quarter ranking #2 at 8 p.m. in total viewers and the 20th consecutive quarter topping CNN among A25-54.

“The Rachel Maddow Show” finished 3Q 2011 well ahead of CNN at 9 p.m., topping “Piers Morgan Tonight” by 34% in total viewers (927,000 vs. 694,000) and 30% among adults 25-54 (274,000 vs. 211,000). Compared to 3Q 2010, TRMS is up 11% among total viewers and 3% among A25-54 in 3Q 2011.

At 10 p.m. “The Ed Show” with Ed Schultz beat CNN’s “AC 360” in 3Q 2011 (804,000 vs. 750,000) for the 5th consecutive quarter. Compared to 3Q10, “The Ed Show” has grown MSNBC’s 10 p.m. audience 38% in total viewers and 22% among A25-54 in 3Q11.

MSNBC is #1 in delivering African American viewers (2+) for the 7th consecutive quarter in M-Su Primetime.

MSNBC Longform ranks #1 in Weekend Primetime (Saturday – Sunday 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.) among adults 25-54 for the 6th consecutive quarter and beat CNN for the 12th straight quarter.

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