FOX’s Laura Ingraham wins primetime ratings war with debut show

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Conservative host Laura Ingraham kicked off her new show, “The Ingraham Angle,” Monday night. Debuting in primetime as part of FOX News’ revamped nighttime lineup, the show beat out CNN and MSNBC’s competition in the ratings.

Ingraham, whose first show featured a rare interview with White House chief of staff John Kelly, delivered 3.274 million total viewers in her 10 p.m. time slot, besting Lawrence O’Donnell’s 2.598 million on MSNBC and CNN’s Don Lemon, who brought in 1.336 million.

In the key 25- to 54-year-old demographic that advertisers covet most, Ingraham registered 622,000 viewers, edging O’Donnell’s 612,000 and Lemon’s 511,000 to cap a busy news Monday that was dominated by coverage of special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Overall, Fox News won the night by averaging 3.4 million viewers in prime time and 708,000 in the younger demographic.

MSNBC finished second, with a 2.673 million average of total viewers from 8 to 11 p.m., while taking home 654,000 in the key demographic. CNN was third, with 1.363 million total viewers and 506,000 in the 25–54 bracket.

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