How the New Cable News Hosts Are Doing

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Average viewers compared with the same time period last year.

Eliot Spitzer (CNN) +37%
Feb. 28-April 17
Since Kathleen Parker departed, Spitzer is averaging 729,000 viewers a night, way up year-over-year compared with Campbell Brown. But the increase hinges in part on strong tune-in for CNN during a very newsy first quarter.

Piers Morgan (CNN) +23%
Jan. 17-April 17
With 884,000 viewers, Morgan is outpacing the man he replaced -- Larry King -- and he's up 59 percent among 25-54 viewers. He posted a first-quarter demo win over MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who consistently beat King.

Lawrence O'Donnell (MSNBC) -3%
Jan. 24-April 17
O'Donnell's slight decline year-over-year in the 8 p.m. slot compared with Keith Olbermann probably isn't worrying MSNBC executives too much, especially considering he still draws 1 million viewers on average.

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