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Tuesday Final Ratings: MSNBC Rises to Most-Watched Cable Network in Prime Time on Trump Scandal News

As a result of the news of the guilty verdicts for Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, the ratings for cable news outlet MSNBC rose significantly for the following programs:


Deadline: White House (4 p.m.): 2.096 million viewers (show’s 2nd best ever)
MTP Daily (5 p.m.): 2.430 million viewers (show’s 2nd best ever)
The Beat with Ari Melber (6 p.m.): 2.217 million viewers (show’s best ever)
Hardball with Chris Matthews (7 p.m.): 2.478 million viewers (show’s best ever)
All In with Chris Hayes (8 p.m.): 2.658 million viewers (show’s best ever)
Rachel Maddow Show (9 p.m.): 3.893 million viewers (show’s 2nd best ever)
Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (10 p.m.): 3.339 million viewers (show’s 2nd best ever)
The 11th Hour with Brian Williams (11 p.m.): 2.412 million viewers (show’s best ever)

MSNBC was the No. 1 cable network in prime time (8-11 p.m.) in total viewers (3.297 million). Usual cable prime time leader in viewership Fox News Channel was runner-up (2.948 million).

What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the night’s broadcast network telecasts on Tuesday, August 21:

Bachelor in Paradise-Tuesday (ABC, 8:00 PM, 120 min.)
253 affiliates; 89% coverage
• 3.970 million viewers
• 2.7/5 HH
• 1.1/5 A18-49 (1.5/6 F18-49, 0.6/3 M18-49)
• 0.9/6 A18-34 (1.3/7 F18-34, 0.6/4 M18-34)
• 1.3/5 A25-54 (1.8/6 F25-54, 0.8/3 M25-54)
• Median age: 55.2

Castaways (ABC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
253 affiliates; 89% coverage
• 2.415 million viewers
• 1.6/3 HH
• 0.5/2 A18-49 (0.6/3 F18-49, 0.4/2 M18-49)
• 0.3/2 A18-34 (0.3/2 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
• 0.6/2 A25-54 (0.8/3 F25-54, 0.4/2 M25-54)
• Median age: 58.6

NCIS (R) (CBS, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
256 affiliates; 89% coverage
• 5.242 million viewers
• 3.4/7 HH
• 0.6/3 A18-49 (0.6/3 F18-49, 0.5/3 M18-49)
• 0.3/2 A18-34 (0.3/2 F18-34, 0.2/2 M18-34)
• 0.9/3 A25-54 (1.0/4 F25-54, 0.8/3 M25-54)
• Median age: 64.6

Bull (R) (CBS, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
256 affiliates; 89% coverage
• 4.274 million viewers
• 2.9/5 HH
• 0.5/2 A18-49 (0.6/2 F18-49, 0.5/2 M18-49)
• 0.2/1 A18-34 (0.3/1 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
• 0.8/3 A25-54 (1.0/3 F25-54, 0.7/3 M25-54)
• Median age: 63.8

NCIS: New Orleans (R) (CBS, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
256 affiliates; 89% coverage
• 4.382 million viewers
• 3.0/6 HH
• 0.5/2 A18-49 (0.6/3 F18-49, 0.5/2 M18-49)
• 0.2/1 A18-34 (0.2/1 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
• 0.8/3 A25-54 (1.0/3 F25-54, 0.7/3 M25-54)
• Median age: 64.0

America’s Got Talent (NBC, 8:00 PM, 121 min.)
244 affiliates; 89% coverage
• 11.206 million viewers
• 6.4/12 HH
• 2.1/10 A18-49 (2.2/9 F18-49, 2.0/10 M18-49)
• 1.3/8 A18-34 (1.4/8 F18-34, 1.2/9 M18-34)
• 2.9/10 A25-54 (3.1/11 F25-54, 2.6/10 M25-54)
• Median age: 58.5

Making It (NBC, 10:01 PM, 59 min.)
244 affiliates; 89% coverage
• 3.728 million viewers
• 2.2/5 HH
• 0.9/4 A18-49 (1.1/5 F18-49, 0.8/4 M18-49)
• 0.6/4 A18-34 (0.7/4 F18-34, 0.5/4 M18-34)
• 1.2/4 A25-54 (1.4/5 F25-54, 1.0/4 M25-54)
• Median age: 54.6

Beat Shazam (Fox, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
256 affiliates; 89% coverage
• 2.186 million viewers
• 1.3/3 HH
• 0.7/3 A18-49 (0.8/3 F18-49, 0.5/3 M18-49)
• 0.4/2 A18-34 (0.4/3 F18-34, 0.3/2 M18-34)
• 0.9/3 A25-54 (1.0/4 F25-54, 0.7/3 M25-54)
• Median age: 52.6

Love Connection (R) (Fox, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
256 affiliates; 89% coverage
• 1.237 million viewers
• 0.8/1 HH
• 0.4/2 A18-49 (0.5/2 F18-49, 0.3/1 M18-49)
• 0.2/1 A18-34 (0.2/1 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
• 0.5/2 A25-54 (0.6/2 F25-54, 0.4/1 M25-54)
• Median age: 51.2

The Flash (R) (CW, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
258 affiliates; 86% coverage
• 0.579 million viewers
• 0.4/1 HH
• 0.2/1 A18-49 (0.2/1 F18-49, 0.1/1 M18-49)
• 0.1/1 A18-34 (0.2/1 F18-34, 0.1/0 M18-34)
• 0.2/1 A25-54 (0.3/1 F25-54, 0.2/1 M25-54)
• Median age: 48.5

The Outpost (CW, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
258 affiliates; 86% coverage
• 0.556 million viewers
• 0.4/1 HH
• 0.1/1 A18-49 (0.2/1 F18-49, 0.1/0 M18-49)
• 0.1/1 A18-34 (0.2/1 F18-34, 0.0/0 M18-34)
• 0.2/1 A25-54 (0.2/1 F25-54, 0.1/0 M25-54)
• Median age: 58.3

Criminal Minds (R) (ION, 6:00 PM, 60 min.)
80% coverage
• 0.986 million viewers
• 0.7/2 HH
• 0.3/2 A18-49 (0.4/2 F18-49, 0.2/1 M18-49)
• 0.2 A18-34 (0.3 F18-34, 0.2 M18-34)
• 0.4 A25-54 (0.5 F25-54, 0.2 M25-54)
• Median age: 51.8

Criminal Minds (R) (ION, 7:00 PM, 60 min.)
80% coverage
• 1.123 million viewers
• 0.7/2 HH
• 0.3/2 A18-49 (0.4/2 F18-49, 0.2/2 M18-49)
• 0.2 A18-34 (0.3 F18-34, 0.2 M18-34)
• 0.4 A25-54 (0.5 F25-54, 0.3 M25-54)
• Median age: 51.4

Criminal Minds (R) (ION, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
80% coverage
• 1.170 million viewers
• 0.7/1 HH
• 0.3/2 A18-49 (0.4/2 F18-49, 0.2/1 M18-49)
• 0.2 A18-34 (0.3 F18-34, 0.2 M18-34)
• 0.4 A25-54 (0.5 F25-54, 0.3 M25-54)
• Median age: 52.0

Criminal Minds (R) (ION, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
80% coverage
• 1.343 million viewers
• 0.9/2 HH
• 0.3/1 A18-49 (0.4/2 F18-49, 0.3/1 M18-49)
• 0.3 A18-34 (0.4 F18-34, 0.2 M18-34)
• 0.4 A25-54 (0.6 F25-54, 0.3 M25-54)
• Median age: 53.7

Criminal Minds (R) (ION, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
80% coverage
• 1.184 million viewers
• 0.8/2 HH
• 0.3/1 A18-49 (0.4/2 F18-49, 0.2/1 M18-49)
• 0.3 A18-34 (0.3 F18-34, 0.2 M18-34)
• 0.4 A25-54 (0.5 F25-54, 0.3 M25-54)
• Median age: 54.0

La Rosa de Guadalupe (Univision, 7:00 PM, 60 min.)
69% coverage
• 1.670 million viewers
• 0.9/2 HH
• 0.5/3 A18-49
• Median age: 43.6

El Rico y Lazaro (Univision, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
69% coverage
• 1.621 million viewers
• 0.9/2 HH
• 0.4/2 A18-49
• Median age: 49.2

La Bella y Las Bestias (Univision, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
69% coverage
• 1.406 million viewers
• 0.8/1 HH
• 0.4/2 A18-49
• Median age: 46.6

La Piloto (Univision, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
69% coverage
• 1.040 million viewers
• 0.6/1 HH
• 0.3/2 A18-49
• Median age: 44.6

Reto 4 Elementos: Naturaleza Extrema (UniMás, 6:55 PM, 120 min.)
51% coverage
• 0.280 million viewers
• 0.1/0 HH
• 0.1/1 A18-49
• Median age: 37.4

La Jefa del Campeon (UniMás, 8:55 PM, 60 min.)
51% coverage
• 0.223 million viewers
• 0.1/0 HH
• 0.1/0 A18-49
• Median age: 38.9

Liga MX Necaxa vs. Guadalajara (UniMás, 9:55 PM, 125 min.)
51% coverage
• 0.370 million viewers
• 0.2/0 HH
• 0.2/1 A18-49
• Median age: 39.5

Exatlón Estados Unidos (Telemundo, 7:00 PM, 120 min.)
55% coverage
• 1.165 million viewers
• 0.7/1 HH
• 0.4/2 A18-49
• 0.4/3 A18-34
• Median age: 41.9

Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso (Telemundo, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
55% coverage
• 1.478 million viewers
• 0.8/2 HH
• 0.6/3 A18-49
• 0.5/3 A18-34
• Median age: 40.5

El Señor de Los Cielos VI (Telemundo, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
55% coverage
• 1.682 million viewers
• 0.9/2 HH
• 0.7/3 A18-49
• 0.5/3 A18-34
• Median age: 41.9

What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the night’s select cable telecasts on Tuesday, August 21 (with the night’s cable ranks according to total viewers and demo ratings in parentheses):

Dragon Ball Super (repeat) (ADSM, 8:00 PM, 30 min.)
• 0.415 million viewers (#79)
• 0.26 HH (#82)
• 0.16 A18-49 (#66)
• 0.16 A18-34 (#37)
• 0.15 A25-54 (#84)

American Dad (repeat) (ADSM, 8:30 PM, 30 min.)
• 0.461 million viewers (#77)
• 0.31 HH (#74)
• 0.21 A18-49 (#52)
• 0.20 A18-34 (#29)
• 0.19 A25-54 (#64)

The Cleveland Show (repeat) (ADSM, 9:00 PM, 30 min.)
• 0.626 million viewers (#58)
• 0.41 HH (#55)
• 0.30 A18-49 (#29)
• 0.30 A18-34 (#12)
• 0.30 A25-54 (#43)

American Dad (repeat) (ADSM, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)
• 0.857 million viewers (#41)
• 0.54 HH (#42)
• 0.42 A18-49 (#12)
• 0.47 A18-34 (#5)
• 0.39 A25-54 (#29)

Bob’s Burgers (repeat) (ADSM, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
• 1.118 million viewers (#29)
• 0.71 HH (#30)
• 0.57 A18-49 (#5)
• 0.66 A18-34 (#2)
• 0.53 A25-54 (#15)

Bob’s Burgers (repeat) (ADSM, 10:30 PM, 30 min.)
• 1.237 million viewers (#23)
• 0.80 HH (#23)
• 0.60 A18-49 (#2)
• 0.69 A18-34 (#1)
• 0.56 A25-54 (#11)

Hit The Floor S4 (BET, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 0.393 million viewers (#83)
• 0.26 HH (#82)
• 0.16 A18-49 (#66)
• 0.15 A18-34 (#43)
• 0.17 A25-54 (#74)

Below Deck Mediterranean (BRAVO, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 1.396 million viewers (#20)
• 0.95 HH (#19)
• 0.50 A18-49 (#9)
• 0.30 A18-34 (#12)
• 0.63 A25-54 (#8)

Million Dollar Listing NY (BRAVO, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 0.775 million viewers (#47)
• 0.53 HH (#44)
• 0.22 A18-49 (#48)
• 0.14 A18-34 (#55)
• 0.29 A25-54 (#45)

Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 1.612 million viewers (#15)
• 1.13 HH (#14)
• 0.38 A18-49 (#16)
• 0.15 A18-34 (#43)
• 0.52 A25-54 (#19)

Cuomo Prime Time (CNN, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 1.826 million viewers (#9)
• 1.28 HH (#9)
• 0.38 A18-49 (#16)
• 0.10 A18-34 (#86)
• 0.53 A25-54 (#15)

CNN Tonight (CNN, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 1.779 million viewers (#12)
• 1.26 HH (#10)
• 0.36 A18-49 (#20)
• 0.11 A18-34 (#79)
• 0.53 A25-54 (#15)

Deadliest Catch: The Bait (DISC, 8:00 PM, 61 min.)
• 0.887 million viewers (#39)
• 0.54 HH (#42)
• 0.20 A18-49 (#55)
• 0.11 A18-34 (#79)
• 0.29 A25-54 (#45)

Deadliest Catch (DISC, 9:01 PM, 62 min.)
• 1.562 million viewers (#18)
• 0.95 HH (#19)
• 0.41 A18-49 (#14)
• 0.15 A18-34 (#43)
• 0.57 A25-54 (#9)

Hard to Kill (DISC, 10:03 PM, 62 min.)
• 0.548 million viewers (#68)
• 0.35 HH (#69)
• 0.16 A18-49 (#66)
• 0.12 A18-34 (#72)
• 0.21 A25-54 (#58)

MLB Monday Night – Late St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers (ESPN, 10:00 PM, 216 min.)
• 0.605 million viewers (#61)
• 0.41 HH (#55)
• 0.19 A18-49 (#59)
• 0.17 A18-34 (#34)
• 0.21 A25-54 (#58)

Chopped Grill Masters (FOOD, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 0.805 million viewers (#46)
• 0.51 HH (#47)
• 0.24 A18-49 (#42)
• 0.15 A18-34 (#43)
• 0.32 A25-54 (#39)

Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 3.133 million viewers (#4)
• 2.11 HH (#4)
• 0.30 A18-49 (#29)
• 0.16 A18-34 (#37)
• 0.55 A25-54 (#12)

Hannity (FOXNC, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 3.259 million viewers (#3)
• 2.25 HH (#2)
• 0.30 A18-49 (#29)
• 0.13 A18-34 (#61)
• 0.53 A25-54 (#15)

The Ingraham Angle (FOXNC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 2.452 million viewers (#6)
• 1.69 HH (#6)
• 0.24 A18-49 (#42)
• 0.10 A18-34 (#86)
• 0.44 A25-54 (#25)

Hard Knocks Training Camp with the Cleveland Browns (HBO, 10:00 PM, 57 min.)
• 0.634 million viewers (#56)
• 0.39 HH (#61)
• 0.32 A18-49 (#27)
• 0.16 A18-34 (#37)
• 0.35 A25-54 (#34)

Desert Flippers (HGTV, 9:00 PM, 30 min.)
• 1.146 million viewers (#27)
• 0.77 HH (#25)
• 0.23 A18-49 (#46)
• 0.13 A18-34 (#61)
• 0.32 A25-54 (#39)

House Hunters Family (HGTV, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
• 1.511 million viewers (#19)
• 1.04 HH (#17)
• 0.28 A18-49 (#34)
• 0.19 A18-34 (#30)
• 0.37 A25-54 (#33)

House Hunters International (HGTV, 10:30 PM, 30 min.)
• 1.650 million viewers (#14)
• 1.13 HH (#14)
• 0.29 A18-49 (#32)
• 0.21 A18-34 (#25)
• 0.39 A25-54 (#29)

Forged in Fire (HIST, 9:00 PM, 63 min.)
• 1.140 million viewers (#28)
• 0.67 HH (#32)
• 0.34 A18-49 (#22)
• 0.23 A18-34 (#22)
• 0.45 A25-54 (#23)

Counting Cars (HIST, 10:03 PM, 30 min.)
• 0.968 million viewers (#36)
• 0.63 HH (#35)
• 0.25 A18-49 (#38)
• 0.14 A18-34 (#55)
• 0.35 A25-54 (#34)

Counting Cars (HIST, 10:33 PM, 30 min.)
• 0.999 million viewers (#34)
• 0.66 HH (#33)
• 0.25 A18-49 (#38)
• 0.13 A18-34 (#61)
• 0.35 A25-54 (#34)

Murder By Numbers (ID, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 1.035 million viewers (#32)
• 0.76 HH (#26)
• 0.28 A18-49 (#34)
• 0.13 A18-34 (#61)
• 0.39 A25-54 (#29)

The Devil Speaks (ID, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 1.269 million viewers (#22)
• 0.92 HH (#21)
• 0.34 A18-49 (#22)
• 0.13 A18-34 (#61)
• 0.49 A25-54 (#21)

Married at First Sight: Unfiltered (LIF, 8:30 PM, 30 min.)
• 0.521 million viewers (#72)
• 0.35 HH (#69)
• 0.15 A18-49 (#74)
• 0.15 A18-34 (#43)
• 0.19 A25-54 (#64)

Married at First Sight (LIF, 9:00 PM, 63 min.)
• 0.938 million viewers (#37)
• 0.60 HH (#40)
• 0.33 A18-49 (#25)
• 0.27 A18-34 (#15)
• 0.39 A25-54 (#29)

Seven Year Switch (LIF, 10:03 PM, 60 min.)
• 0.407 million viewers (#82)
• 0.27 HH (#80)
• 0.14 A18-49 (#79)
• 0.09 A18-34 (#91)
• 0.18 A25-54 (#71)

All In with Chris Hayes (MSNBC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 2.658 million viewers (#5)
• 1.83 HH (#5)
• 0.31 A18-49 (#28)
• 0.14 A18-34 (#55)
• 0.47 A25-54 (#22)

Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 3.893 million viewers (#1)
• 2.60 HH (#1)
• 0.50 A18-49 (#9)
• 0.22 A18-34 (#23)
• 0.73 A25-54 (#5)

Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 3.339 million viewers (#2)
• 2.25 HH (#2)
• 0.37 A18-49 (#18)
• 0.16 A18-34 (#37)
• 0.57 A25-54 (#9)

The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV, 9:00 PM, 61 min.)
• 0.844 million viewers (#42)
• 0.49 HH (#48)
• 0.53 A18-49 (#7)
• 0.55 A18-34 (#4)
• 0.54 A25-54 (#13)

Fear Factor MTV Season 2B (MTV, 10:01 PM, 61 min.)
• 0.594 million viewers (#62)
• 0.34 HH (#72)
• 0.33 A18-49 (#25)
• 0.41 A18-34 (#6)
• 0.30 A25-54 (#43)

The Haves and the Have Nots (OWN, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 1.902 million viewers (#8)
• 1.29 HH (#8)
• 0.42 A18-49 (#12)
• 0.25 A18-34 (#18)
• 0.65 A25-54 (#7)

Love Is (OWN, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 1.056 million viewers (#30)
• 0.74 HH (#28)
• 0.29 A18-49 (#32)
• 0.17 A18-34 (#34)
• 0.44 A25-54 (#25)

The Big Bang Theory (repeat) (TBS, 8:00 PM, 30 min.)
• 1.576 million viewers (#17)
• 1.00 HH (#18)
• 0.52 A18-49 (#8)
• 0.34 A18-34 (#11)
• 0.68 A25-54 (#6)

The Big Bang Theory (repeat) (TBS, 8:30 PM, 30 min.)
• 1.795 million viewers (#10)
• 1.13 HH (#14)
• 0.59 A18-49 (#3)
• 0.38 A18-34 (#10)
• 0.79 A25-54 (#2)

The Big Bang Theory (repeat) (TBS, 9:00 PM, 30 min.)
• 1.787 million viewers (#11)
• 1.16 HH (#11)
• 0.57 A18-49 (#5)
• 0.39 A18-34 (#8)
• 0.76 A25-54 (#4)

The Big Bang Theory (repeat) (TBS, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)
• 1.730 million viewers (#13)
• 1.14 HH (#12)
• 0.59 A18-49 (#3)
• 0.40 A18-34 (#7)
• 0.77 A25-54 (#3)

Wrecked (TBS, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
• 0.982 million viewers (#35)
• 0.63 HH (#35)
• 0.36 A18-49 (#20)
• 0.27 A18-34 (#15)
• 0.44 A25-54 (#25)

Outdaughtered: Life with Quints (TLC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 0.759 million viewers (#48)
• 0.56 HH (#41)
• 0.15 A18-49 (#74)
• 0.11 A18-34 (#79)
• 0.19 A25-54 (#64)

Outdaughtered (TLC, 9:00 PM, 63 min.)
• 1.594 million viewers (#16)
• 1.14 HH (#12)
• 0.37 A18-49 (#18)
• 0.30 A18-34 (#12)
• 0.44 A25-54 (#25)

Rattled (TLC, 10:03 PM, 63 min.)
• 0.826 million viewers (#43)
• 0.61 HH (#39)
• 0.21 A18-49 (#52)
• 0.17 A18-34 (#34)
• 0.24 A25-54 (#51)

Animal Kingdom (TNT, 9:00 PM, 61 min.)
• 1.367 million viewers (#21)
• 0.88 HH (#22)
• 0.39 A18-49 (#15)
• 0.21 A18-34 (#25)
• 0.51 A25-54 (#20)

Younger (TVL, 10:00 PM, 36 min.)
• 0.700 million viewers (#52)
• 0.49 HH (#48)
• 0.22 A18-49 (#48)
• 0.15 A18-34 (#43)
• 0.25 A25-54 (#50)

WWE Smackdown (USA, 8:00 PM, 120 min.)
• 2.437 million viewers (#7)
• 1.49 HH (#7)
• 0.77 A18-49 (#1)
• 0.57 A18-34 (#3)
• 0.90 A25-54 (#1)

Miz & Mrs. (USA, 10:00 PM, 31 min.)
• 1.235 million viewers (#24)
• 0.75 HH (#27)
• 0.50 A18-49 (#9)
• 0.39 A18-34 (#8)
• 0.54 A25-54 (#13)

Chrisley Knows Best (USA, 10:31 PM, 31 min.)
• 1.055 million viewers (#31)
• 0.69 HH (#31)
• 0.34 A18-49 (#22)
• 0.24 A18-34 (#20)
• 0.45 A25-54 (#23)

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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  1. MTP Daily did 2.64 million viewers on election night 2016. The hour proceeding “official” election coverage, so I think this is “2nd best”