Cable News Ratings Surge Monday With Baltimore Unrest

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Viewership of the cable news networks swelled on Monday night with coverage of the unrest in Baltimore, with nearly 6 million watching during an average minute. As was usually the case, it was CNN that benefited most relative to its usual primetime position, though Fox News Channel saw sizable gains as well.

According to Nielsen, CNN was the primetime cable news ratings leader in the key news demo of adults 25-54 last night with 924,000 — a whopping 574% improvement over the previous Monday’s total (137,000). Fox News ran second in the demo with 839,000 (up 121% from last Monday) and MSNBC was a distant third with 214,000 (up 77%).

The 8 p.m. hour of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” drew the most viewers in the demo for the night (975,000), followed closely by Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” at 10 p.m. (960,000). CNN’s demo audience declined a bit throughout primetime while FNC’s rose.

In total viewers, Fox News was dominant with 2.964 million viewers during primetime (up nearly 1 million from last Monday), followed by CNN with 2.136 million (more than six times last week) and MSNBC with 753,000 (a modest 15% gain). FNC’s “Shepard Smith Reporting” (3.041 million), “Hannity” (2.941 million) and “The Kelly File” (2.911 million) were the three most-watched cable news programs.

Overall, the three-network totals for the night were a strong 1.977 million adults 25-54 (more than triple the previous Monday’s 638,000) and 5.853 million total viewers (nearly double the 3.055 of last week).



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  1. Belinda says:

    All men have been created equally. Although superiority and inferiority complexes, principalities,darkness and hatred has been passed down and taught. Suppression of quality education and equal opportunites have not helped our nation. Education is prevalent on all sides of the spectrum. Slavery is not something that anyone can be proud of. Whether our ancestors were slaves or slaver owners, its still nothing to cheer about. The barbaric or in humane treatment of others yesterday is just as bad as perpetuating this mentality today. The simple basic principals of right and wrong still apply. It appies in politics, educating, reform, in society and in our criminal justice system. When we tell the story without teaching right and wrong ,we create an enviroment that knows no right or wrong. Thus the enviroment is open for chaos perpetuating the mentality of enslaving ,crimpling and stagnating a nation that can learn from its history rather than be in bondage because it. America shall flourish ,she will help,guild and lead.,We can not do this with a bandage .A handout is best when it comes with a help up.Social outlets and vehicles of negative feed and representation do very little in representing a country that takes care of its own. Its suppose to be the United States of America, not the united thoughts of some to supress within their own country, there own race (human ) on the basis of the color of one ‘s skin- especially when we are all created in God’s image & bleed red blood. A new day, stop the nonsense.Stop the violence and let us build a better tomorrow by helping one another today. Educators, Politicians Law Enforcement, Students,Parents Media, Clergy, Activist and Citizens -Americans and those of other Countries -we can get this right! It starts with the bascis of right and wrong.

  2. asudad90 says:

    What you are seeing is the victim class of the Democratic Party. Why do blacks vote 90% Democrat and still live in racial poverty? LBJ did more to damage this country then any other President.

    Blacks will never be equal as long as there is the special black civil rights laws. Do away with The EEOC, Affirmative Action, welfare, Head Start and quotas. After 60 years of failed programs, we do not need to pander anymore.

    Don’t you see this is why they are never going to be equal and treated as “special”.

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