Overnight ratings released Wednesday by Nielsen show Fox News Channel dominated its cable and broadcast news competitors Tuesday night, delivering a total prime-time audience of 7.784 million viewers--the highest-rated midterm election in cable news history. NBC had the second-largest audience, with 5.690 million, followed by ABC (5.264 million), CNN (5.070 million), MSNBC (4.749 million) and CBS (3.897 million). Nielsen also tracked election night from the start of news coverage at 6 p.m. ET through 1 a.m., with Fox News finishing first (6.120 million), well ahead of MSNBC (3.945 million) and CNN (3.878 million). Two years ago, Donald Trump's surprise victory came on the most-watched night of election coverage in cable news history, with CNN beating Fox News in prime-time, with 13.3 million viewers, to FNC's 12.1 million.
Source: Forbes November 07, 2018 20:22 UTC