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16 Million Tune in to Cable News For Ferguson Grand Jury Announcement

CuomoFergusonThe news surrounding the grand jury’s decision in the Darren Wilson case gave cable news channels a ratings surge Monday.

While the decision had been reached by mid-afternoon, news channels had 7 hours to consider the result as it was not announced until the 9pmET hour, when daytime viewership peaked. During that hour, FNC, CNN, MSNBC and HLN drew a combined 16.406 million viewers. For comparison, 15.27 million were watching the night’s No. 1 broadcast show, “Dancing with the Stars,” as well as an ABC News special report on the Wilson case, at 9pm.

Fox Business Network, Al Jazeera America and Fusion also produced special coverage while the big four broadcasters interrupted with special reports.

On cable, Fox News led in total viewers for the hour, averaging 7.256M, while CNN led in the younger demo with 3.155M. On Fox News, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity both had all-time ratings highs.

CNN, which devoted the most resources and the most coverage to the run-up to the decision and its riotous result, earned rare ratings wins: for total day and primetime demo viewership. Fox News took total viewership wins in daytime and primetime. Last night, CNN more than doubled its mid-term election night coverage, when it averaged 2.1 million total viewers and 909,000 in the demo.

Coverage continued late into the night with CNN topping its cable competitors in the hours following Pres. Obama’s remarks (approximately 10:19pmET) in both total viewers and the demo.

  • 11/24/14: 7pm–1amET | Total Viewers / A25-54 demo

FNC: 4,385,000 / 1,399,000
CNN: 4,365,000 / 2,332,000
MSNBC: 1,301,000 / 423,000

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The Scoreboard: Monday, Nov. 24

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 642 | CNN: 940 | MSNBC: 204 | HLN: 125
  • Primetime: FNC: 1.653 | CNN: 2.627 | MSNBC: 544 | HLN: 274

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

224

TheFive:

473

Baier:

583

Greta:

580

O’Reilly:

817

Kelly:

2.186

Kelly/Hannity:

2.319/1.787

NewsDeck:

1.589

Kelly:

 1.266

CNN
Tapper:

386

Blitzer:

580

Blitzer:

762

Burnett:

899

Cooper:

1.205

Cooper:

3.155

Cooper/Tonight:

3.316/3.558

Tonight:

3.121

Tonight:

2.064

MSNBC
Wagner:

101

EdShow:

131

Sharpton:

191

Matthews:

193

Hayes:

236

Maddow:

742

O’Donnell:

654

Hayes:

385

Maddow:

326

HLN
Now:

40

WWYD?:

30

Files:

73

Grace:

138

Grace:

209

Grace/Drew:

299/367

Dr. Drew:

264

Files:

143

Files:

111

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The Scoreboard: Sunday, Nov. 23

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 142 | CNN: 111 | MSNBC: 101 | HLN: 118
  • Primetime: FNC: 111 | CNN: 130 | MSNBC: 99 | HLN: 98

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Healthy:

72

MediaBuzz:

75

FNSunday:

113

Report:

133

Huckabee:

135

Kelly:

115

Geraldo:

 83

Huckabee:

139

Kelly:

139

CNN
Nwsroom:

62

Nwsroom:

125

Nwsroom:

116

BlackBlue:

137

Bourdain:

111

Films:

134

Films:

 145

Ling:

66

Bourdain:

 61

MSNBC
Caught:

128

Caught:

128

Slaves:

130

Slaves:

104

Slaves:

 131

Slaves:

74

Lockup:

94

Lockup:

150

Lockup:

164

HLN
Files:

128

Files:

 158

Files:

124

Files:

140

Files:

108

Files:

24

Files:

 161

Files:

228

Files:

 228

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The Scoreboard: Saturday, Nov. 22

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 184 | CNN: 140 | MSNBC: 130 | HLN: 141
  • Primetime: FNC: 175 | CNN: 166 | MSNBC: 221 | HLN: 149

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Healthy:

101

TheFive:

144

NewsHQ:

185

Report:

246

Huckabee:

199

Pirro:

169

Special:

158

RedEye:

89

Pirro:

89

CNN
Nwsroom:

94

Nwsroom:

87

Smerconish:

149

Sixties:

163

Sixties:

184

Sixties:

173

Sixties:

142

Sixties:

106

Sixties:

134

MSNBC
Break/Caught:

138

Caught:

183

Caught:

146

Caught:

125

Caught:

93

Lockup:

195

Lockup:

374

Lockup:

210

Lockup:

132

HLN
Files:

155

Files:

143

Files:

148

Files:

135

Files:

152

Files:

207

Files:

90

Files:

181

Files:

273

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The Scoreboard: Friday, Nov. 21

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 270 | CNN: 166 | MSNBC: 109 | HLN: 119
  • Primetime: FNC: 382 | CNN: 185 | MSNBC: 150 | HLN: 218

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC

 

Cavuto:

191

TheFive:

315

Baier:

332

Greta:

255

O’Reilly:

403

Kelly:

391

Hannity:

350

O’Reilly:

312

Kelly:

249

CNN
Tapper:

177

Blitzer:

175

Blitzer:

289

Burnett:

282

Cooper:

227

Ling:

191

Spot/Ungrd:

158/116

Bourdain:

132

Bourdain:

153

MSNBC
Wagner:

47

EdShow:

49

Sharpton:

107

Matthews:

113

Hayes:

149

Maddow:

147

Investig.:

149

Investig.:

228

Investig.:

255

HLN
Now:

21

WWYD?:

24

Files:

75

Files:

118

Files:

159

Files:

229

Files:

267

Files:

293

Files:

268

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, Nov. 20

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 330 | CNN: 170 | MSNBC: 108 | HLN: 87
  • Primetime: FNC: 693 | CNN: 358 | MSNBC: 250 | HLN: 119

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

223

TheFive:

355

Baier:

359

Greta:

330

O’Reilly:

885

Kelly:

708

Hannity:

485

O’Reilly:

270

Kelly:

256

CNN
Tapper:

158

Blitzer:

189

Blitzer:

183

Burnett:

260

Cooper:

578

Films:

251

Films:

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Cooper:

143

CNNI:

108

MSNBC
Wagner:

49

EdShow:

62

Sharpton:

100

HB/Special:

134/208

President:

322

Maddow:

274

O’Donnell:

179

Special:

142

Maddow:

79

HLN
Now:

31

WWYD?:

58

Files:

48

Files:

55

Grace:

93

Dr.Drew:

95

Files:

168

Files:

178

Files:

224

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On Cable, FNC is Most-Watched for Obama Immigration Remarks

O'ReillyImmigration4.3 million viewers tuned in to Fox News last night for Pres. Obama’s remarks on his immigration executive action, more than MSNBC and CNN combined. FNC drew 958,000 in the A25-54 demo, again more than CNN and MSNBC combined. As we reported earlier, 6.8 million watched on the two U.S. Spanish-language broadcast networks.

  • 8-8:15pm | Network: Viewers / A25-54

FNC: 4,294,000 / 958,000
CNN: 1,678,000 / 637,000
MSNBC: 1,758,000 / 320,000

  • 8-9pm | Network: Viewers / A25-54

FNC: 4,153,000 / 885,000
CNN: 1,652,000 / 578,000
MSNBC: 1,452,000 / 283,000

Sunday Show Ratings: November 16

sunday shows_304CBS’s “Face the Nation” was first among Sunday shows in total viewers last week, but fell behind ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” in the A25-54 demo.  ”Face the Nation” was down -28% in the demo compared to the same week last year, while  ”This Week” was up +17 percent.

“This Week” had its best week of the season, with +9% in total viewers and edging  ”Face the Nation” by 35K in the demo.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” came in third in both viewers and the demo, down -13% in total viewers.  ”MTP” delivered an additional 1.4 million total viewers and 671,000 demo viewers with rebroadcasts on the network and MSNBC.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” on Fox News Channel averaged a combined 2.06 million total viewers and 388,000 A25-54 viewers. ”Fox News Sunday” was up +18 percent in total viewers and +51% percent in the demo.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 55% of the country.

The numbers for November 16:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.37M 902,000
ABC
“This Week” 3.06M 937,000
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.81M 669,000
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.48M 519,000
UNIV “Al Punto” 987,000 510,000

 

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, Nov. 19

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 279 | CNN: 112 | MSNBC: 79 | HLN: 95
  • Primetime: FNC: 443 | CNN: 137 | MSNBC: 138 | HLN: 118

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

213

TheFive:

275

Baier:

370

Greta:

484

O’Reilly:

591

Kelly:

442

Hannity:

294

O’Reilly:

241

Kelly:

296

CNN
Tapper:

134

Blitzer:

110

Blitzer:

107

Burnett:

140

Cooper:

168

Rowe:

143

Tonight:

100

Cooper:

109

Rowe:

80

MSNBC
Wagner:

58

EdShow:

72

Sharpton:

91

Matthews:

107

Hayes:

122

Maddow:

155

O’Donnell:

137

Hayes:

99

Maddow:

79

HLN
Now:

26

WWYD?:

21

Files:

45

Files:

86

Grace:

141

Dr.Drew:

94

Files:

119

Files:

164

Files:

211

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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, Nov. 18

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 291 | CNN: 141 | MSNBC: 83 | HLN: 84
  • Primetime: FNC: 400 | CNN: 172 | MSNBC: 140 | HLN: 123

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

249

TheFive:

358

Baier:

394

Greta:

360

O’Reilly:

508

Kelly:

420

Hannity:

273

O’Reilly:

210

Kelly:

249

CNN
Tapper:

142

Blitzer:

169

Blitzer:

233

Burnett:

247

Cooper:

172

Black:

195

Tonight:

150

Cooper:

142

Black:

123

MSNBC
Wagner:

69

EdShow:

72

Sharpton:

92

Matthews:

149

Hayes:

127

Maddow:

172

O’Donnell:

121

Hayes:

73

Maddow:

95

HLN
Now:

38

WWYD?:

21

Files:

27

Files:

70

Grace:

96

Dr.Drew:

120

Files:

153

Files:

192

Files:

222

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