For a second night in a row, everything was back to normal in the cable news world. Like Wednesday, Fox News Channel was No. 1 in primetime viewers and adults 25-54 yesterday. MSNBC came in second and CNN was third. FNC drew 2.7 million total viewers last night, with 542,000 in the 25-54 demo, and MSNBC had 1.6 million total viewers with 451,000 in the demo. The MSNBC numbers were down from the surge it saw Monday and Tuesday when, helped by its blanket coverage of the secret Mitt Romney tape, it took the top spot both nights. With Piers Morgan Tonight and Anderson Cooper 360, CNN pulled in 616,000 total viewers in primetime Thursday, 184,000 among adults 25-54. MSNBC was the only network to see a week-over-week gain in total viewers (11,000).
The No. 1 show Thursday was The O’Reilly Factor with 3.4 million total viewers and 645,000 in 25-54. After record-breaking 25-54 numbers Tuesday, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Laurence O’Donnell dipped Thursday.
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