Everyone had their place this week in the ratings. FOX swept first place in the Adults 25 - 54 demographic during all three time slots Monday - Friday.
Coming in second place this week was MSNBC. They held second place in all timeslots except for 10PM on Tuesday and Friday.
CNN found themselves mostly in third place. At 8PM, they came in third place three nights out of five, but the average for the week dropped them to fourth. At 9PM, they came in third place all five days (note: only four days were used in the average- Amanpour Reports special programming on Thursday night was excluded from the weekly average). At 10PM, two second place finishes, two third place finishes and one fourth place finish averaged out to a third place finish for the week. (Again, only four days were used in the average- Thursday was excluded).
HLN stayed mostly in fourth place this week. Although, even after coming in fourth place three times and third place only twice during the 8PM hour, their average for the week pulled them up to third place. At 9PM, they were consistently in fourth place all five days. At 10PM, they came in third place once and fourth place the other four nights (averaging out to put them in fourth place for the week.)
1 4 night average used. CNN special programming on Thursday night at 9PM and 10PM excluded. (Amanpour Reports)
^ Courtesy Nielsen Media Research; Demographics where noted; Live + Same Day (LS) Fast Track Nationals.
I have one non-ratings extra for you tonight. CNN may be the most trusted name in news, but would you trust them to answer questions on a game show for you? Last week, two of CNN's best political team appeared on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire as the "Ask the Expert". The first clip shows Wolf Blitzer and the second features Candy Crowley.
We are sad to report the passing of Robert Novak today. Novak was with CNN from the its inception and hosted the popular 'Crossfire', in addition to his reporting duties. He left CNN in 2005, after 25 years with the network. CNN has posted this tribute, narrated by Tom Foreman, for Robert Novak: