Zahn Beats O’Reilly In 25-54 Demo, Twice

By Brian 

CNN’s Paula Zahn has edged FNC’s Bill O’Reilly by the skin of her teeth in the 25-54 demographic on two consecutive nights.

On Friday, CNN 8pm averaged 539,000 viewers in the demo, while O’Reilly averaged 536,000. (“Fox News Live” coverage of the Pope aired instead of The O’Reilly Factor, but O’Reilly anchored the coverage; “Paula Zahn Now” was pre-empted for Pope coverage, but Zahn led the anchoring from NY.)

On Monday, Zahn averaged 338,000 viewers, while O’Reilly averaged 334,000. O’Reilly’s numbers are unusually low.

> In fact, in the 25-54 demo, CNN beat FNC on Monday night at 8, 9 and 10pm: 338k vs. 334k at 8pm, 404k to 280k at 9pm, and 414k to 218k at 10pm.