Nellie Andreeva

As the stock market plunged Monday, ratings for the cable news networks jumped up. Fox News Channel led the rally with 1.3 million viewers in total day, 29% higher than its July averages. CNN drew 538,000 viewers, up 21%, and MSNBC (455,000) was up 2%. On Monday night, Anderson Cooper made his debut at 8 p.m., which was on par with his numbers from last July, while Fox News’ Glenn Beck replacement, The Five, hit a series high in total viewers (1.8 million).

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