Those with any doubt what a good move it was for Fox News to pick up Glenn Beck look no further than the chart below. His average viewership at 5pm exceeded the combined viewership of his three cable news network competitors every night in September. On six nights he had twice the combined viewership.

This chart was a collaboration between two of our readers. Reader Dave created the chart using the data patiently assembled by reader MikeS.

Glenn Beck vs. The Combined Competition TV Ratings, September 2009:

Beck vs All sept 2009

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Nielsen Cable Network Coverage Estimates (as of September, 2009)

CNN/HLN: 99.10 million HHs
CNBC: 96.78 million HHs
FNC: 96.26 million HHs
MSNBC: 92.64 million HHs

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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