Fox News delivered the highest ratings in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic during yesterday’s breaking news of the building explosion in East Harlem, delivering 1,310,000 total viewers and 297,000 demo viewers. CNN was second and MSNBC was third for the 10-11amET hour.
Both Fox News and CNN were up compared to the previous day: FNC was up +7% in total viewers and +42% in the A25-54 demo, while CNN was up +44% and +49%, respectively. MSNBC was down -5% in total viewers but up +17% in the demo.
The busy breaking news day propelled CNN to a rare primetime win in the 8pmET hour: “Anderson Cooper 360″ topped “The O’Reilly Factor” by +63,000 viewers in the A25-54 demo last night. In total viewers, Bill O’Reilly‘s program was still far out front, averaging 2,810,000 to Cooper’s 972,000. Cooper covered the Malaysia Airlines flight for most of the hour; as we noted earlier, CNN has ramped up coverage of the missing flight as the search continues into its sixth day.
Numbers for the 10amET and 8pmET hours are after the jump. The full scoreboard will be up shortly.