On a night when a large percentage of regular cable news hosts began their weekend early, MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show led the field with Rachel Maddow in the anchor’s chair. Meanwhile, Fox News led across the board in total day and primetime viewership.
According to Nielsen, Fox News averaged 2.157 million total viewers and 394,000 in the key 25-54 demographic during the 8 PM to 11 PM primetime hours. MSNBC placed second in both metrics, drawing 2.013 million viewers overall and 333,000 in the demo. CNN pulled in 317,000 demographic viewers and a total audience of 942,000.
In total day, Fox News attracted 1.263 million total viewers and 253,000 in the demo. MSNBC captured a total viewership of 1.094 million and 204,000 in the 25-54 demo. CNN nabbed 701,000 viewers overall and 209,000 in the demographic.
Maddow topped cable news in both total viewership (2.580 million) and the demographic (455,000). A special edition of Fox’s Hannity, hosted by Jeanine Pirro, placed second in total audience (2.490 million) and third in the demo (433,000). FNC’s Tucker Carlson Tonight took the silver in the demographic (449,000) and bronze in the total viewers (2.250 million).
The only other cable news program to attract more than two million viewers overall was Fox News’ The Five, which pulled in 2.003 million.
The top-rated program on CNN was Anderson Cooper 360, which pulled in 1.039 million viewers overall and 357,000 in the demo.