Nellie Andreeva

Well, with guest Ricky Gervais CNN’s Piers Morgan didn’t quite smackdown Sean Hannity. “If I don’t smack you down tonight with Howard, I’ll take you on Thursday with Ricky Gervais. love Piers,” Morgan tweeted to the Fox News host on Tuesday before his second show with Howard Stern. That night, he edged Hannity in 25-54, which has remained Morgan’s only ratings victory in his premiere week. With newsmaker Ricky Gervais as a guest last night, Morgan averaged 1 million viewers, slightly down from Wednesday night for a new low. He lost both the viewer and demo race to Hannity, drawing about half of what his Fox News competitor got. In 25-54, Morgan bounced back from the low on Wednesday. Morgan also returned to second place in total viewers after falling behind MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Wednesday. Here are the rankings for the cable news networks at 9 PM:

Thursday/Day 4 (Ricky Gervias)

FNC’s Hannity: 2,079,000 in P2+ (557,000 in 25-54)

CNN’s Piers: 1,025,000 in P2+ (279,000 in 25-54)

MSNBC’s Maddow: 976,000 in P2+ (264,000 in 25-54)

Wednesday/Day 3 (Condi Rice):

Hannity: 1,974,000 in P2+ (565,000 in 25-54)

Piers: 1,028,000 in P2+ (239,000 in 25-54)

Maddow: 1,094,000 in P2+ (221,000 in 25-54)

Tuesday/Day 2 (Howard Stern):

Hannity: 2,182,900 in P2+ (506,441 in 25-54)

Piers: 1,273,193 in P2+ (550,719 in 25-54)

Maddow: 1,125,947 in P2+ (264,961 in 25-54)

Monday (Oprah):

Hannity: 2,365,047 viewers (599,800 in 25-54)

Piers: 2,099,462 viewers (520,519)

Maddow: 1,111,865 viewers (342,013)

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