Some perennial cable news heavyweights were beaten at their own game this week, when a program airing on the digital cable and satellite TV network TV One topped the numbers for CNN and Fox News in the key news demo.
TV One announced that the first-ever prime-time news special for its “News One Now” program, “Mo’Nique: Uncensored,” airing Sunday, March 22, at 10 p.m. ET, delivered a .24 average rating in adults 25-54 (144,000 demo viewers), topping the time period competition from CNN’s “Wonder List with Bill Weir” (139,000 demo viewers) and Fox’s John Stossel program “Stossel” (77,000).
The program featured an interview with the Oscar-winning actress by “News One Now” host and managing editor Roland S. Martin. The special is set to air again Sunday, March 29, at 10 p.m. ET.
The weekday morning program “News One Now” has been airing for less than a year and a half, since its premiere in November 2013.
Said Martin: “This viewer response is a tremendously satisfying way to launch our first primetime special. The cultural relevance ‘News One Now’ provides clearly fills a void with viewers interested in the Black perspective on topical news and entertainment issues.”