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MSNBC finishes first in primetime basic cable for first time ever

In the key 9 p.m. ET time slot, Cuomo Prime Time’s victory over The Rachel Maddow Show pushed Fox News Channel’s Hannity to a third-place finish in the key demo, the first time that’s happened in 21 years. CNN’s win was the network’s overall best delivery in the time slot ever.

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was the most-watched host in cable news in the first quarter of 2021, with The Rachel Maddow Show delivering an average total audience of 3.604 million viewers. Maddow was followed by Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight (3.427 million viewers), Hannity (2.996 million viewers), The Five (2.844 million viewers) and MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (2.647 million viewers).

In the key demographic of adults 25-54, CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time finished in first place with 658,000 viewers, followed by MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show (618,000 viewers), CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight (575,000 viewers) and CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront (544,000 viewers).

In the key 9 p.m. ET time slot, Cuomo Prime Time’s victory over The Rachel Maddow Show pushed Fox News Channel’s Hannity to a third-place finish in the key demo, the first time that’s happened in 21 years. CNN’s win was the network’s overall best delivery in the time slot ever.

In prime time, MSNBC declared its first-ever quarterly win based on Monday-Friday ratings, finishing with an average total audience of 2.9 million viewers. Fox News, crunching the numbers on the basis of a seven-day week, took the top slot with an average audience of 2.48 million viewers.

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