Fox News Channel solidified its return to the top spot Friday in total day and primetime as viewers wearied of the lack of new developments in the Malaysian airliner mystery. Fox News logged 1.08 million overall viewers in total day, 230,000 in the news demo, besting CNN (593,000 and 188,000) and MSNBC (339,000 and 110,000). In primetime, Fox News clocked 1.77 million viewers, 280,000 in the news demo, beating CNN’s 710,000 and 199,000, respectively, as that network’s numbers continued to settle down owing to lack of any tangible evidence as to what had happened to the missing plane and its 239 passengers. The only exception on Friday was CNN’s 10 PM special report on the missing plane, which outperformed Thursday’s Chicagoland. Fox News also beat MSNBC’s 507,000 and 110,000, respectively.
Although CNN grabbed some ratings leads in the week as plane-crash news ebbed and flowed, Fox took the full work week in both total day and primetime, including a Monday-Friday average win for every primetime program in overall audience and in the news demo except Greta Van Susteren’s show, which wound up the work week 5,000 demo viewers shy of CNN’s Erin Burnett.