Q1 2009 Ratings: FNC Tops CNN and MSNBC Combined in Prime Time Total Viewers

By SteveK 

Fox News Channel was the 2nd highest rated cable channel on all of television during the first quarter of 2009 in prime time Total Viewers. CNN was 17th and MSNBC 24th for the first three months of the year. FNC beat CNN and MSNBC combined and gained the most compared to Q1 ’08, up 24%.

Q1 ’09 was FNC’s 3rd highest rated quarter in prime time in the network’s history — behind Q4 ’08 and Q3 ’05. In prime time A25-54 demo, and in total day in both categories, FNC grew more year-to-year than CNN and MSNBC.

FNC had nine of the top 10 programs on cable news in Total Viewers.

As reported earlier, The O’Reilly Factor has now been #1 on cable news for 100 consecutive months, up 27% in Total Viewers year-over-year.

Glenn Beck has increased the 5pmET time period 90% in Total Viewers and 115% in the demo vs. Q1 ’08, and is the fastest growing program in cable news for March. Special Report with Bret Baier is up 39% in Total Viewers and 41% in the demo. “Hannity” is up 36% in Total Viewers and up 35% in the demo since going solo for the hour.

Those three new programs beat CNN and MSNBC combined in Total Viewers during their respective time slots.

On the Record with Greta Van Susteren is up 26% in Total Viewers and 13% in the demo. Your World with Neil Cavuto is up 47% in Total Viewers and 50% in the demo.