Hannity beats O’Reilly, Kelly in ratings

Hannity beats O’Reilly, Kelly in ratings

Fox News’s Sean Hannity had the highest rated cable news show in September in the key 25–54 demographic, according to Nielsen data released Friday.  

The top ranking marks the first time Hannity has beat fellow Fox personalities Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly since he moved to 10 p.m. O’Reilly’s show airs at 8 p.m., and Kelly is on at 9 p.m.

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Hannity — an unapologetic supporter of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpScaramucci says he will contact FBI, Justice Dept. over leaked financial disclosure Dem rep to introduce measure requiring White House to disclose pardons Lawmakers push to toughen foreign lobbying rules MORE — averaged 525,000 viewers in the demographic and 2.39 million total viewers, according to Nielsen.

Trump is a frequent guest on the Hannity and O'Reilly programs. Trump has done at least one town hall show per month with Hannity in recent months.

Trump has not appeared on MSNBC since May and has only joined CNN once since June, appearing almost exclusively on Fox News and Fox Business Network.

“The Kelly File” and “The O'Reilly Factor” rounded out the top three in cable news programs.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow also enjoyed a strong month, taking the fourth spot in the 25–54 demographic. "Special Report with Bret Baier" was fifth. 

In his first month since taking over for Greta Van Susteren, "On the Record with Brit Hume" jumped 12 percent in total viewers and 22 percent in the key demographic compared to September 2015. 

Hume's first month also beat Van Susteren's last on the network, including by almost 20 percent in the key demographic. 

CNN’s top-rated program in total viewers was “Anderson Cooper 360,” with an audience of 1.01 million, finishing 20th overall. 

The network's best in key demographic was Don Lemon's “CNN Tonight,” with 339,000 viewers, good for ninth place overall.