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Cable Network Ranker: Q1 2014

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Fox News was the top cable news network for the first quarter of 2014, averaging 1,804,000 viewers in primetime and 1,099,000 viewers in total day. Fox News placed fifth in primetime and fourth in total day among all ad-supported cable networks for the quarter.

MSNBC placed 27th in primetime and 28th in total day for the quarter, averaging 683,000 primetime viewers and 394,000 total day viewers. CNN placed 35th in primetime and 30th in total day, delivering 498,000 and 393,000 viewers, respectively.

USA Network, ESPN, TBS and the History Channel rounded out the top five networks in primetime for the quarter. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

The Scoreboard: Sunday, March 30

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 172 | MSNBC: 149 | CNN: 179 | HLN: 112
  • Primetime: FNC: 137 | MSNBC: 160 | CNN: 201 | HLN: 121

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

97

Kurtz:

139

Wallace:

132

Faulkner:

119

Huckabee:

170

Reporting:

133

Stossel:

109

Huckabee:

115

Reporting:

97

MSNBC
Finney:

15

Caught:

78

Caught:

112

Caught:

134

Caught:

160

Methbust:

159

Lockup:

160

Lockup:

218

Lockup:

334

CNN
Nwsroom:

161

Nwsroom:

240

Nwsroom:

226

Nwsroom:

253

Nwsroom:

215

DeathRow:

205

Nwsroom:

182

Nwsroom:

200

DeathRow:

144

HLN
Files:

83

Files:

150

Files:

158

Files:

112

Files:

106

Files:

117

Files:

139

Files:

189

Files:

116

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The Scoreboard: Saturday, March 29

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 183 | MSNBC: 134 | CNN: 199 | HLN: 144
  • Primetime: FNC: 146 | MSNBC: 183 | CNN: 179 | HLN: 150

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

136

TheFive:

144

NewsHQ:

174

Faulkner:

132

Huckabee:

154

Pirro:

133

FNR:

152

RedEye:

154

Pirro:

92

MSNBC
Disrupt:

39

Caught:

74

Caught:

128

Caught:

160

Caught:

126

Lockup:

131

Lockup:

292

Lockup:

271

Lockup:

326

CNN
Nwsroom:

216

Nwsroom:

244

Nwsroom:

204

Nwsroom:

212

Nwsroom:

203

News/370:

169

Films:

165

Films:

89

Nwsroom:

125

HLN
Files:

123

Files:

110

Files:

146

Files:

146

Files:

126

Files:

163

Files:

163

Files:

212

Files:

252

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Q1 2014 Ratings: Fox News #1 For 49th Consecutive Quarter

Fox News finishes its 49th consecutive quarter and 147th consecutive month as the top-rated cable news network, besting the competition in both total day and primetime during the first quarter of 2014. In addition to delivering cable news’ top 14 programs in total viewers and top seven programs in the A25-54 demographic, Fox News was the only cable news network to grow compared to the year-ago quarter.

The ratings for Q1 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,804,000 total viewers / 293,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 1,099,000 total viewers / 225,000 A25-54

Compared to Q1 2013, Fox News was up +3% in total viewers and +5% in A25-54 viewers in total day. In primetime, the network was up +4% and +5%, respectively.

Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity are boosting viewership in their new timeslots: “The Kelly File” is up +15% in total viewers and 4% in the demo and “Hannity” is up +16% and +2%, respectively, compared to the year-ago quarter’s 9pm and 10pmET programming. “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” was up +8 and flat in the demo compared to the 7pmET hour last year. Bill O’Reilly‘s primetime program remains the top-rated show on cable news but is down -3% in both ratings measurements year-over-year.

The network’s late afternoon and early evening shows had a strong quarter: “Shepard Smith Reporting” is up +10% in total viewers and +5% in the demo compared to Q1 2013. Fox News’ 5pmET and 6pmET programs are also up in both ratings measurements: “The Five” is up +9% in total viewers and +7% in the demo and “Special Report” is up +6% and +3%, respectively.

“Fox and Friends First” saw the biggest gains for the network compared to the year-ago quarter, up +18% in total viewers and +28% in the demo.

Q1 2014 Ratings: MSNBC Tops CNN, But Sheds Viewers

Despite a strong March for CNN, MSNBC held on to the second-place spot among the cable news networks in both total day and primetime during the first quarter of 2014. But like CNN and HLN, MSNBC was down compared to the year-ago quarter in both dayparts.

The ratings for Q1 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 683,000 Total Viewers / 217,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 394,000 Total Viewers / 138,000 A25-54

Compared to Q1 2013, MSNBC is down -9% in total day and -2% in the A25-54 demographic. In primetime, the network is down -10% and -4%, respectively.

In primetime, “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” were both down compared to the year-ago quarter: Maddow’s program was down -2% in total viewers and -4% in the A25-54 demographic and O’Donnell’s show was down -7% and -4%, respectively. “All In with Chris Hayes” — which debuted one year ago today — was the only primetime show to show growth in either ratings measurement, up +6% in the demo despite being down -15% in total viewers compared to the 8pmET timeslot last year.

“Hardball with Chris Matthews” continues to see strong ratings at 7pmET: the show topped CNN by +448,000 total viewers and +74,000 A25-54 viewers for the quarter. Compared to Q1 2013, CNN is up +19% and +16%, respectively.

It was the lowest-rated quarter for “Morning Joe,” “Andrea Mitchell Reports” and “Jansing & Co” since 2010. “Morning Joe” finished second in its time slot, while Mitchell’s program and Chris Jansing‘s program finished third at 1pmET and 10amET, respectively.

More from MSNBC after the jump. Read more

Maria Bartiromo Debuts Strong on Fox News

BartiromoSummers“Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo” won its timeslot in its debut Sunday. In fact, the new show beat CNN’s Fareed Zakaria and MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry combined in total viewers in the 10am hour. The show was down slightly in total viewers but up in the demo vs. last Sunday’s 10am offering. In fact, Bartiromo delivered FNC’s third-highest A25-54 number for the timeslot this year.

  • 10amET, 4/30 | A25-54 Demo / Total Viewers

FNC: 312,000 / 1,078,000
CNN: 169,000 / 643,000
MSNBC: 168,000 / 391,000 (10-NoonET)

Bartiromo’s debut gave a nice lead-in to Howie Kurtz‘s “MediaBuzz” at 11amET.  With 353,000 viewers, the show scored its highest-rated demo since debuting on the network in September.

  • 11amET, 4/30 | A25-54 Demo / Total Viewers

FNC: 353,000 / 1,006,000
CNN: 189,000 / 674,000
MSNBC: 168,000 / 391,000 (10-NoonET)

In another weekend ratings note: the mystery of Flight 370 continues to be a draw for CNN. The network came in first in the demo on Saturday and Sunday for total day viewing. CNN was also number one in primetime Sunday in the demo.

The Scoreboard: Friday, March 28

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 240 | MSNBC: 135 | CNN: 184 | HLN: 96
  • Primetime: FNC: 259 | MSNBC: 182 | CNN: 225 | HLN: 141

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

208

TheFive:

363

Baier:

276

Greta:

272

O’Reilly:

329

Megyn:

244

FNCReport:

204

O’Reilly:

224

Megyn:

171

MSNBC
Wagner:

104

EdShow:

124

Sharpton:

148

Matthews:

191

Hayes:

142

Maddow:

183

Lockup:

192

Lockup:

269

Lockup:

161

CNN
Tapper:

118

Blitzer:

192

Blitzer:

223

Burnett:

233

Cooper:

242

Morgan:

244

SpecialRpt:

188

Cooper:

248

Cooper:

228

HLN
News:

74

Files:

25

Files:

57

Jane:

74

Grace:

83

Files:

154

Files:

185

Files:

189

Files:

147

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Christie Press Conference Ratings: Fox News Wins in Total Viewers, CNN Tops in Demo

Christie CNNAlthough the Chris Christie Bridgegate story has previously been beneficial to MSNBC‘s ratings, it was Fox News and CNN that notched ratings wins during the Governor’s hour-long news conference Friday. From 2:30 to 3:30pmET, Fox News won in total viewers and CNN won in the A25-54 demographic.

During the newser, Fox News delivered 1,020,000 total viewers and 185,000 A25-54 viewers. CNN, which cut out after about a half hour, had 700,000 total viewers and 192,000 A25-54 viewers, while MSNBC had 700,000 and 89,000, respectively. Coverage of the news conference continued into primetime, with Fox News in first, CNN in second and MSNBC in third from 8-11pmET (the scoreboard with the full primetime numbers will be up shortly).

In other ratings notes from Friday, Piers Morgan ended his CNN show on an up note, tying Fox News’ “The Kelly File” in the demo — both shows averaged 244,000 A25-54 viewers. Megyn Kelly‘s program won in total viewers, averaging 1,647,000 to Morgan’s 649,000.

In case you missed it, here’s Morgan’s sign-off.

CNN Hits New Digital Heights in March

CNN MalaysiaWhen March cable news ratings come out tomorrow, CNN will show a vast improvement over last March, likely finishing second to Fox News Channel in several measures. This morning, CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker is taking an early victory lap and thanking his team.

In a note to staff obtained by TVNewser, Zucker writes, “Your work, from Malaysia, Australia and Beijing, to Ukraine, Crimea and Moscow, to Pretoria and Washington state (and yes, Mississauga, Ontario, too), has once again shown the global power of CNN.” Mississauga is where CNN’s Martin Savidge has been holed up for the better part of three weeks in a Boeing 777 flight simulator.

March is expected to be the best month ever in page views and video streams across the CNN sites. “We will likely have more unique users across our global sites than any month in our history,” Zucker adds.

Zucker’s full note, after the jump…

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, March 27

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 273 | MSNBC: 113 | CNN: 190 | HLN: 90
  • Primetime: FNC: 403 | MSNBC: 175 | CNN: 263 | HLN: 141

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

153

TheFive:

320

Baier:

332

Greta:

295

O’Reilly:

514

Megyn:

406

Hannity:

283

O’Reilly:

233

Megyn:

278

MSNBC
Wagner:

85

EdShow:

84

Sharpton:

134

Matthews:

202

Hayes:

183

Maddow:

215

O’Donnell:

126

Hayes:

106

Maddow:

125

CNN
Tapper:

180

Blitzer:

218

Blitzer:

275

Burnett:

225

Cooper:

251

Morgan:

312

Chicagoland:

227

Cooper:

212

Cooper:

207

HLN
News:

16

Files:

8

Files:

48

Jane:

82

Grace:

157

DrDrew:

122

Files:

143

Files:

136

Files:

188

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