FOX remains on top for the week having the highest average Adult 25 - 54 demographic ratings for all three prime time hours. What is different this week, is that they only took the top spot Monday - Thursday from 8PM - 11PM. On Friday night, they placed third during the 8PM and 9PM hours and second during the 10PM hour.
CNN came in fourth place at 8PM after two fourth place finishes, two third place finishes and one first place finish. Wednesday night (a third place finish) and Friday night (the first place finish) are excluded from the average since these were both hours of special programming covering the passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. CNN took second place for the week during both the 9PM and 10PM hours. At 9PM, they had one first place finish, three second place finishes, and one third place finish. Friday night's first place finish was excluded from the weekly average. The 10PM slot had one first place finish, three second place finishes, and one third place finish.
MSNBC comes in second place for the week at 8PM after finishing second three times and third & fourth one time each. The 9PM hour found MSNBC in third place after finishing in second place twice, third place twice, and fourth place once. Wednesday's second place finish at 9PM and Friday night's second place finish at both 8PM & 9PM were excluded from the weekly average since this was special programming. At 10PM, MSNBC came in third place three nights and fourth place two nights which left them in third place for the week.
HLN didn't fair as well this week. They came in third place at 8PM after two second place finishes, one third place finish and two fourth place finishes. At 9PM and 10PM, their average put them in fourth place. At 9PM, they came in third place once and fourth place four times. At 10PM, they came in second place and third place one time each and they finished out the week coming in fourth place three consecutive nights.
Friday night was Senator Kennedy's memorial service. The cable news coverage ran from 7PM - 10PM ET. CNN had the highest demo ratings for the program with an average of 467,667 viewers. MSNBC followed with 305,333 viewers and FOX came in the third place with 273,333 viewers.
1 4 night average used. Friday night Kennedy Memorial Service excluded from FOX at 8PM & 8PM, CNN at 9PM, and MSNBC at 8PM.
2 3 night average used. CNN 8PM: Wednesday night and Friday night excluded.
3 3 night average used. MSNBC 9PM: Wednesday night and Friday night excluded.
^ Courtesy Nielsen Media Research; Demographics where noted; Live + Same Day (LS) Fast Track Nationals.