Larry King goes out with a rare win; CNN announces ‘Morgan’ start date

Larry King’s final CNN show did something that King had not done in a while: Beat Fox News in the hour.

According to 2.240 million total viewers Watched King’s finale show, as well as 530,000 adults 25-54.

Opposite the King farewell, Fox News Channel pulled 2.162 million viewers and 543,000 adults 25-54. MSNBC averaged 874,000 viewers and 252,000 adults 25-54.

Here’s how King wrapped his show (watch the video above):

It’s not very often in my life I’ve been without words. I want to thank everybody associated with this program, all the people behind the scenes, as I’ve mentioned Wendy and the staff, the floor people, everybody that makes it possible, even the suits at the top. Love them too.

When I started 25 years ago at a little studio in Washington, D.C., I never thought it would ever last this long or come to this. So I’m going to go on, do a lot of other things. We’re going to do specials here on CNN. I’m going to be seen in other places, do some radio work, be around baseball.

So you’re not going to see me go away. But you’re not going to see me here on this set anymore. For two weeks, they’re going to be playing highlight shows. I — I am — I don’t know what to say except to you, my audience, thank you. And instead of good-bye, how about so long?

Meanwhile, CNN confirmed on Friday that King’s replacement, “Piers Morgan Tonight,” will launch on Jan. 17 at 9 p.m.

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