Experian Hitwise: The O’Reilly Factor Tops Cable-News Sites; Late-Night-Talk Crown to The Daily Show

Bill O’Reilly was a factor during the week ending Feb. 26, as Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor topped the list of cable-news-show Web sites from Experian Hitwise, followed by two offerings from MSNBC: The Rachel Maddow Show, and Hardball with Chris Matthews.

Comedy Central occupied the top two positions in the rankings of late-night talk-show sites, with The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and The Colbert Report. Third place went to NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

The morning talk shows assumed their usual positions: NBC’s Today at No. 1, ABC’s Good Morning America in second, and CBS’ The Early Show at No. 3.

CBS was the top-ranked broadcast-network site, followed by ABC, and Fox. Fox’s American Idol voted its way to the top of the broadcast-show-site list, trailed by Fox’s Glee, and CBS’ Survivor. There were no fast risers.

The Situation and crew were situated atop the cable-show-site list, and MTV’s Jersey Shore was followed by Comedy’s South Park, and ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. Fast risers were Syfy’s Ghost Hunters (to No. 8 from No. 50), Lifetime Television’s Amanda Knox: Murder on Trail in Italy (17 from 142), Bravo’s Top Chef (20 from 34), and Discovery Channel’s Gold Rush Alaska (23 from 47).

When combining broadcast and cable show sites, Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants may be at the bottom of the sea, but it was at the top of the chart, followed by Jersey Shore, and South Park. The only fast riser was Fox’s America’s Most Wanted (24 from 34).
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