Fox News Channel’s coverage of the midterm elections handily beat the competition with an average during primetime of 6.3 million total viewers and 1.6 million in the A25-54 demo, compared to CNN’s 2.1 million and 909,000, and MSNBC’s 1.7 million and 525,000.
When comparing Fox News to the broadcast networks—which didn’t start their coverage until 10 p.m.—Fox remained number one by a wide margin, with 6.6 million total viewers and 1.8 million in the demo, compared to CBS which finished second with 5.4 million total viewers and 1.5 million in the demo. NBC, ABC, CNN and MSNBC rounded out the election coverage ratings in that order.
MSNBC, whose election coverage powered the network to record ratings in 2012, has seen its ratings fall precipitously since that time. Tuesday night’s results only reinforce the notion that virtually no one is watching the network these days.