Accuracy in Media

Fox News outpaced the competition with its primetime midterm election coverage. According to Nielsen, Fox topped both cable and broadcast news with and an average of nearly 7.8 million total viewers between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tuesday evening, and, in the process, set a record for the most-watched midterm election coverage in cable news history.

While Fox was the most-watched news network overall, CNN managed to beat Fox in the 25-54 demo.

Fox News:  7,784,000  total viewers/  2,391,778 in A25-54 demo
NBC: 5,690,000 /  2,282,000 in 25-54
ABC:  5,264,000 /  1,957,000 in 25-54
CNN:  5,070,235 / 2,573,159 in 25-54
MSNBC:  4,479,433 /  1,354,074 in 25-54
CBS: 3,897,000 / 1,296,000 in 25-54

Viewer interest in the midterms was up substantially with Fox’s total viewer audience up 23 percent and demo viewers up 45 percent compared to 2014. CNN and MSNBC fared even better with their numbers up triple digits compared to 2014.


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