Ratings: Election Night Draws 71 Mil, On Par With Obama's Historic 2008 Win

A total audience of at least 71.4 million people tuned in for Tuesday night’s marathon presidential election coverage, across the four broadcast networks plus Fox News, CNN and other cable outlets, our sister site Deadline reports.

That is on par with the audience that watched President Barack Obama’s first presidential election win in 2008, and up from the 66.8 million who tuned in for Obama’s 2012 victory over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

Of that haul, 34.8 million came from the Big 4, led by NBC’s 12 million. ABC followed with 9.7 mil, while CBS and Fox did 8.8 mil and 4.3 mil, respectively.

Among the cable networks, Fox News had the strongest night, averaging 12.7 million viewers — peaking at midnight with 15.4 million — while CNN averaged 11.5 million.

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12 Comments
  1. Lysh says:

    I watched NBC online. They had a good stream running.
    I hope Arrow is good tonight. I need a pick me up.

  2. Fan says:

    ABC’s team is the best!

  3. Kevin says:

    How good or bad the Election was yesterday?

  4. Robin says:

    I thought NBC did a great job. Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Savannah Guthrie, and Tom Brokaw offer true detailed analysis.

  5. sarah t says:

    Was this Fox or Fox News?

  6. Gary Pavis says:

    NBC’s coverage was an embarrassment. It was more about the personalities around the desk than an in-depth look at the numbers. When it became evident that Trump was going to win, the entire set went into a funk and I really thought Angela Mitchell was going to burst into tears at Clinton’s HQ just prior to Hillary’s speech.Then the coup de grace with NBC refusing to acknowledging Trump’s victory in PA mumbling about some “voting irregularities” with no source data or details while the NYT, Wash. Post, AP, Phila. Inquirer and others already gave PA to Trump with no mention of any voting issues. This from the network that brought you Huntley, Brinkley, Chancellor and others. Amazing.

  7. cuius says:

    Best newspaper headline – Scotland’s Buchan Observer – “Aberdeenshire business owner wins presidential election” – puts it into perspective

  8. Robert says:

    What is the difference between Fox and Fox news?

    • Brian says:

      Fox = Fox Broadcasting (Lethal Weapon, Gotham, etc.)
      Fox News = Fox News Channel (The O’Reilly Factor, The Kelly File, etc.)