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Tuesday Ratings: Fox News Dominates With Election Night's Largest Audience

Election Night TV Ratings

Fox News dominated on Tuesday night with its primetime coverage of Election Night results.

Fox News averaged 7.2 million total viewers from 8 to 11 pm ET, where it was distantly followed by ABC (3.3 million), MSNBC (3.1 million viewers) and NBC (nearly 3.1 million).

Rounding out the broadcast/cable pack, CBS’ coverage averaged 2.5 million total viewers, followed by CNN’s 2.48 mil, Fox Business Network’s 600K and CNBC’s 103K.

Widening the measurement window to 6 pm to 2 am ET, Fox News again led all comers with 5.4 million total viewers, followed by MSNBC’s 2.6 mil and CNN’s 1.94 mil.

Fox News also dominated the night when it comes to the 25-54 age demo that cable news targets.

All told, by Nielsen’s count, 25.4 million total people tuned in for this year’s Election Night coverage — down sharply from the previous midterms (36.1 mil in 2018) but up from the 2014 tally (22.7 mil). Among this year’s viewers, 65 percent were age 55+, 25 percent were 35-54 and just 7 percent were 34 and younger.

Representing broadcast-TV’s lone fresh fare opposite Election Night newscasting, Fox’s The Resident (2.9 mil/0.3) dipped from its most recent, pre-World Series outing, whereas Monarch (1.7 mil/0.2) returned steady.

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The Live+Same Day numbers reported in our ratings column do not reflect a show’s overall performance, given the increased use of delayed playback via DVR and streaming platforms, plus out-of-home viewing. These numbers (Nielsen fast nationals, unless denoted as finals) instead aim to simply illustrate trends or superlatives. Steve Harvey is not a judge or lawyer and merely offers an alternative forum of dispute resolution.

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