CNN vs. MSNBC: The 8pm Ratings Race

By Brian 

Bill O’Reilly probably doesn’t worry about the 8pm battle for second place. But this chart shows the race between CNN and MSNBC in the all-important primetime hour.

Perhaps this is why CNN is making a change: MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann has beaten Paula Zahn eight out of the past twelve months in the 25-54 demo — including seven of the past eight months.

The battle isn’t over though: June-to-date, Zahn is only losing by 3,000 demo viewers a night.

Nancy Grace has also topped Olbermann and Zahn a couple of months. Here is a total viewers version of the chart…