2019-01-11 04:39:06 UTC
Oval Office address and Democratic response on Tuesday night,
according to early Nielsen data.
Fox News averaged 8 million viewers from 9-9:30 p.m. ET, while MSNBC
averaged 4.2 million and CNN averaged 3.6 million sets of eyeballs.
Among the key demo of adults age 25-54, Fox News averaged 1.8 million,
compared to 1.4 million demo viewers for CNN while MSNBC failed to
crack the 1 million viewer plateau.
Fox News also had more total viewers than broadcast network ABC, which
averaged 5.8 million viewers during Trumps remarks and the response,
which was delivered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority
Leader Chuck Schumer.
Hannity picked up a whopping 7.1 million total viewers and 1.6
million in the 25-demo, marking it the shows highest-rated telecast
in both categories since its return to the 9 p.m. timeslot in
September 2017. MSNBCs The Rachel Maddow Show averaged 4.3 million
viewers during the 9 p.m. hour, while CNNs Cuomo Prime Time
finished third with an average of 3.5 million viewers.
The evening was a win for Fox News all around, as the network averaged
4.8 million viewers during the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m., while
MSNBC averaged 3.4 million and CNN averaged 2.6 million.
Tuesdays viewership mirrors the results from 2018, as Fox News
finished the year as the most-watched basic cable network for the
third consecutive year among both primetime and total day viewers,
according to Nielsen Media Research.
Fox News averaged 2.4 million primetime viewers, the highest-rated
year since launching 22 years ago. No other basic cable network
surpassed the 2 million average viewership plateau, with ESPN
averaging 1.9 million primetime viewers to finish second. MSNBC, HGTV
and USA rounded out the top five, while CNN averaged only 988,000
primetime viewers to finish eleventh overall.
The presidents primetime address on Tuesday night saw both camps
drifting even further apart, with Trump declaring a humanitarian and
security crisis" and vowing to protect America, so help me God and
Democratic congressional leaders saying Trump is working to
manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the
turmoil in his administration."
Fox News Alex Pappas contributed to this report.
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