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November 2014 Ratings: CNN Shows Most Growth in Cable News

Spurred on by coverage from Ferguson, MO and, to a lesser extent, the midterm elections, CNN was the No. 2 cable news network in November. CNN showed the most growth of the cable news networks: up +34% in total day viewers and up +55% in the demo compared to November 2013.

The ratings for November 2014:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 653K Total Viewers / 263K A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 449K Total Viewers / 155K A25-54

This is the fifth consecutive month that CNN finished ahead of MSNBC in total day vieweing. CNN also posted its highest primetime demo in more than 18 months and, after “The Kelly File” and “O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News, had the third-most watched show on cable news with “CNN Tonight.”

Other highlights include “New Day” beating MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in both total viewers and the demo and CNN’s program rotation at 9pmET beat MSNBC’s No. 1 program “The Rachel Maddow Show” in the A25-54 demo.

See the full CNN press release, after the jump…

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November 2014 Ratings: MSNBC Down Double Digits During Midterm Election Month

Despite the midterm elections, The Place For Politics saw a decline in viewership vs. November 2013. MSNBC was down -13% in viewers and down -16% in the A25-54 demo for total day viewing for the month. The loses were less severe in primetime where the network was down -6% in viewers, and down -8% in the demo.

The ratings for November, 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 605,000 Total Viewers / 174,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 350,000 Total Viewers / 104,000 A25-54

MSNBC finished third, behind Fox News and CNN, for the month in total viewers, and in fourth place in total day demo, behind HLN.

The Scoreboard: Sunday, Nov. 30

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 149 | CNN: 118 | MSNBC: 105 | HLN: 130
  • Primetime: FNC: 174 | CNN: 151 | MSNBC: 146 | HLN: 114

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

60

Kurtz:

59

FNSunday:

77

Report:

97

O’Reilly:

146

Killing:

173

Kennedy:

202

O’Reilly:

153

Killing:

194

CNN
Nwsroom:

95

Nwsroom:

103

Nwsroom:

119

Ling:

110

Ling:

112

Weed:

142

Weed2:

198

Ling:

145

Weed:

110

MSNBC
Caught:

77

Caught:

73

Caught:

106

SexSlaves:

120

SexSlaves:

154

SexSlaves:

178

PotBarons:

105

Lockup:

186

Lockup:

124

HLN
Files:

104

Files:

80

Files:

105

Files:

152

Files:

101

GrowingAm.:

40

Files:

201

Files:

300

Files:

324

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The Scoreboard: Saturday, Nov. 29

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 146 | CNN: 165 | MSNBC: 103 | HLN: 130
  • Primetime: FNC: 128 | CNN: 191 | MSNBC: 165 | HLN: 139

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

129

Baier:

141

NewsHQ:

125

Report:

111

BinLaden:

120

Cont.:

150

Hannity:

115

RedEye:

99

Huckabee:

79

CNN
Nwsroom:

120

Nwsroom:

173

Nwsroom:

241

Walsh:

208

Walsh:

226

Walsh:

177

Walsh:

169

Walsh:

181

Walsh:

195

MSNBC
Caught:

94

Caught:

124

Caught:

114

Caught:

100

Caught:

106

Lockup:

145

Lockup:

243

Lockup:

143

Lockup:

160

HLN
Files:

99

Files:

97

Files:

141

Files:

126

Files:

148

Files:

196

GrowingAmer.:

72

Files:

164

Files:

246

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The Scoreboard: Friday, Nov. 28

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 208 | CNN: 145 | MSNBC: 107 | HLN: 134
  • Primetime: FNC: 208 | CNN: 131 | MSNBC: 197 | HLN: 136

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

200

TheFive:

216

Baier:

160

Greta:

305

O’Reilly:

256

Kelly:

225

Geraldo:

135

O’Reilly:

188

Kelly:

206

CNN
Tapper:

151

Blitzer:

216

Blitzer:

231

Ling:

147

Ling:

123

Ling:

152

Ling:

119

Ling:

144

Ling:

201

MSNBC
Investig.:

54

Investig.:

95

Investig.:

88

Investig.:

145

Investig.:

179

Investig.:

187

Investig.:

225

Investig.:

190

Special:

160

HLN
Forensic:

127

Files:

78

Forensic:

79

Files:

99

Forensic:

118

Files:

139

Forensic:

132

Files:

229

Forensic:

331

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, Nov. 27

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 151 | CNN: 151 | MSNBC: 95 | HLN: 104
  • Primetime: FNC: 112 | CNN: 153 | MSNBC: 126 | HLN: 102

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

86

TheFive:

80

Reporting:

108

Greta:

53

BinLaden:

73

Cont.:

139

Hannity:

124

BinLaden:

147

Cont.:

176

CNN
Nwsroom:

136

Bourdain:

103

Bourdain:

135

Bourdain:

154

Bourdain:

167

Bourdain:

159

Bourdain:

131

Bourdain:

125

Bourdain:

169

MSNBC
Investig.:

79

Investig.:

68

Investig.:

90

Investig.:

82

Investig.:

80

Investig.:

113

Investig.:

185

Investig.:

191

Investig.:

210

HLN
Files:

75

WWYD?:

99

WWYD?:

81

50States:

51

Grace:

74

Grace:

120

Grace:

113

Grace:

118

Grace:

117

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, Nov. 26

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 337 | CNN: 266 | MSNBC: 108 | HLN: 107
  • Primetime: FNC: 433 | CNN: 302 | MSNBC: 132 | HLN: 102

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

251

TheFive:

431

Baier:

441

Greta:

425

O’Reilly:

446

Kelly:

397

Hannity:

456

O’Reilly:

376

Kelly:

345

CNN
Tapper:

282

Blitzer:

285

Blitzer:

338

Burnett:

334

Cooper:

371

Cooper/Tnt:

281/215

Tonight:

287

Black:

262

CNNI:

 

MSNBC
Wagner:

29

EdShow:

64

Sharpton:

143

Matthews:

140

Hayes:

123

Maddow:

130

O’Donnell:

134

Hayes:

156

Maddow:

217

HLN
Now:

35

WWYD?:

53

Files:

56

Files:

92

Grace:

151

Dr.Drew:

88

Growing:

43

Files:

177

Files:

255

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CNN Wins Every Hour Tuesday in the Demo

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 6.25.31 PMOn the day after the night of violence in Ferguson, MO, CNN secured a very rare ratings win in the A25-54 demo. CNN won every hour of the day in the demo, and also came in first in total viewers during several hours: at 5am, from Noon-2pm and from 11pm-1am. Fox News came in first in total viewers for the rest of the day.

For daytime viewing (9am-5pm) CNN was up +209% in the demo and up +111% in total viewers vs. Monday. Fox News was up +62% in the demo and up +25% in viewers vs. Monday.

In primeime both networks lost viewers vs. Monday night, which saw massive tune-in for the reading of the grand jury decision as well as the rioting that followed. CNN was down -67% in the demo and down -68% in viewers, while Fox News was down -57% in the demo and down -46% in viewers.

Here’s the full scoreboard for Tuesday.

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, Nov. 25

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 457 | CNN: 695 | MSNBC: 151 | HLN: 106
  • Primetime: FNC: 718 | CNN: 862 | MSNBC: 236 | HLN: 139

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

270

TheFive:

412

Baier:

399

Greta:

426

O’Reilly:

679

Kelly:

767

Hannity:

707

O’Reilly:

539

Kelly:

431

CNN
Tapper:

592

Blitzer:

633

Blitzer:

737

Burnett:

746

Cooper:

821

Cooper:

900

Tonight:

861

Tonight:

981

Tonight:

840

MSNBC
Wagner:

130

EdShow:

112

Sharpton:

141

Matthews:

171

Hayes:

253

Maddow:

225

O’Donnell:

220

Hayes:

222

Maddow:

187

HLN
Now:

22

WWYD?:

20

Files:

53

Files:

141

Grace:

116

Dr.Drew:

94

Files:

207

Files:

242

Files:

250

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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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