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Maddow passes O'Reilly

Maybe it is not a "Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!" moment, but the ratings of primetime cable news networks have experienced a new king being crowned in (in its most coveted demo) - in this case, it is actually a queen.

Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC's creatively titled The Rachel Maddow Show, beat Bill O'Reilly in the coveted 25-54 (what odd numbers) demo this week, 703,000 viewers to 682,000.

MSNC regularly finishes behind Fox News Channel, which makes this news surprising. On Monday, MSNBC averaged 471,000 viewers 25-54, while FNC had 469,000. Tuesday, the gab grew, as MSNBC had 575,000 viewers in the demo, versus FNC's 526,000. I wonder what could have caused the jump?

It was expected that O'Reilly would have a strong number, with his much-publicized visit from The Daily Show's Jon Stewart. 

Now, in total viewers it is a different story - by a large margin. Tuesday's O'Reilly Factor drew 3.35 million viewers to Maddow's 2.04 million. Moreover, as a primetime block, FNC had 2.49 million viewers versus MSNBC's 1.79. Therefore, I do not think FNC needs to worry too much.

Can Maddow sustain such numbers? Alternatively, was this a one-time deal, with Mitt Romney's "47 percent" comments drawing viewers in? I guess we will see soon.


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- Bill O'Reilly
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Written by: Hamatosan
Sep 19th, 2012, 1:37 pm

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