CNN’s Anderson Cooper saw his ratings surge on Thursday night thanks to an interview with former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, who alleges she had an affair with Donald Trump.
“In the 8 p.m. hour, Cooper averaged 2.21 million viewers, with 608,000 of those falling in the key adults 25-54 demographic, according to Nielsen data,” Variety reports. “That is an improvement over Cooper’s average in the hour for the previous four weeks of 58% in the demo and 89% in total viewers.”
Variety adds: “Cooper topped both Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes in the hour in the demo as well, with Carlson averaging 572,000 viewers and Hayes averaging 397,000. However, Carlson had the most viewers at 8 p.m. with 2.69 million. Hayes was third with 1.95 million.”
Variety reports that Cooper averaged 2.30 million viewers at 9 p.m., with 683,000 in the demo, an improvement of 81% in the demo and 113% in total viewers vs. his average in the hour for the previous four weeks.
“Cooper also won the hour in the demo over MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow — who had 628,000 — and Fox News’ Sean Hannity, who had 591,000,” Variety reports. “However, Cooper finished third in total viewers, with Maddow leading with 2.98 million and Hannity right behind with 2.92 million.”