Fox News dominated the cable news ratings during final hour of the Chilean miner rescue drama, averaging more than 7 million viewers for the 8pm hour Wednesday night. Topping all the other cable news networks combined. Fox News also lead ABC, NBC, Fox broadcast and the CW at 8pm in average viewership.
It was Fox News' highest rated hour of the year topping 1/19/10 during coverage of the special Massachusetts election when Hannity delivered 6.8 million viewers.
The Chilean Miner coverage from 8:15-9p was the highest Fox News viewership since 11/4/08 (Election Day) when it delivered 9.5 million viewers from 9-10p, 9.3 million viewers from 8-9p, 8.3 million viewers from 10-11p and 7.3 million viewers from 7-8p.
Here are the 8pm hour numbers:
FNC: 7,066,000 (1,754,000 in 25-54)
CNN: 2,671,000 (800,000 in 25-54)
MSNBC: 1,097,000 (298,000 in 25-54)
And here are the primetime averages:
PRIMETIME (8-11PM ET)
FNC: 4,862,000 in P2+ (1,254,000 in 25-54)
CNN: 2,364,000 in P2+ (705,000 in 25-54)
MSNBC: 920,000 in P2+ (293,000 in 25-54)
We'll have our full report of all of last night's cable news ratings later today.