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Hannity's first ratings against Rachel Maddow are in — and it's not even close

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Nielsen ratings show Fox News' Sean Hannity trounced MSNBC's Rachel Maddow after moving to the 9 p.m. time slot. (Image Source: YouTube screenshot)

The first ratings are in since Fox News' Sean Hannity moved to the 9 p.m. time slot to square off against MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, and the competition isn't even close.

Who won in the ratings?

Hannity trounced the liberal fan favorite Maddow with 3.27 million average viewers, while Maddow garnered 2.66 million viewers, according to the Nielsen data. In the key 25-54 viewer demographic, Hannity's show received 666,000 viewers while Maddow's show received 591,000.

When compared to Anderson Cooper's show on CNN, Hannity performed even better. Cooper garnered less than half of Hannity's viewers, with 1.45 million, and 470,000 in the key demographic.

Hannity also rated as the most watched cable news program for Monday.

Any bad news for Fox?

Although Hannity outperformed Maddow on Monday, the big picture for the quarter is less rosy. Fox News is down 12 percent in prime time from the same quarter last year, while MSNBC is up 43 percent.

Maddow also had the top cable news program for the quarter in total viewers and the key demo. CNN had the most total viewers in the total day count for the third quarter in its history.

Despite its competitors gaining some ground on Fox News, they can still boast 63 consecutive weeks as the highest-rated cable news channel in total viewers.

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