This Just In: Fox News Beat ABC, NBC, CBS on Election Night

As Republicans took control of the House, FNC took control of the ratings


The final election night broadcast ratings from Nielsen just came in, and in a noteworthy feat, Fox News’ primetime coverage of the midterms beat ABC, CBS and NBC’s election coverage in total viewers.

Fox News averaged about 7 million viewers between 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, edging ABC, which had 6.8 million between 9:30 and 11:00.

That’s significant, considering ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” averaged 19 million the previous hour.

NBC averaged 6.4 million between 9:00 and 11:00 p.m., and CBS came in third during its truncated coverage (10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.).

The other cable networks trailed the big three broadcast nets — with average total viewers for CNN at 2.42 million and MSNBC at 1.94 million, per Nielsen figures.

NBC and ABC did have more 25-to-54-year-old viewers watching its election coverage than Fox, with 2.9 million and 2.6 million, respectively, to FNC's 2.4 million.

But when you compare 10-11:00 p.m., the common hour of coverage for Fox and the broadcast networks, FNC's total viewer win is actually larger.