All the cable news networks can thank “balloon boy” for a ratings boost on Thursday, October 15, but as is typical with a big breaking news story, CNN benefited the most at 5pm. This chart is thanks to the work of reader Dave.

And here is an updated chart of the Glenn Beck viewership vs. the combined competition at 5pm through October 15. This is a collaboration between two of our readers. Reader Dave created the chart using the data patiently assembled by reader MikeS.

Beck Since FOX

The trend lines above are 30 day moving averages.

For complete information on all cable news ratings check our daily cable news ratings posts.

Anybody else wanting to produce trend charts of any of our other data, drop me an email.

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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