FOX News Channel Continues to Lead Coverage of RNC With Day 2 Ratings Win

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August 30th, 2012



FOX News Channel continued its RNC ratings dominance over day two of the event, drawing 7.7 million viewers. This figure puts it ahead of  all of the cable and broadcast networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC and CNN) during the 10-11PM hour in total viewers and in 25-54 ratings. FNC also improved 12% in P2+ and was up 23% in 25-54 over the previous day's coverage.  See specific numbers below.




10-11PM Coverage

FNC: 7,702,578 viewers (2,067,483 in 25-54)

NBC: 4,149,000 viewers (1,492,694 in 25-54)

ABC: 2,858,000 viewers (993,941 in 25-54)

CBS: 2,559,000 viewers (943,519 in 25-54)

MSNBC: 1,440,882 viewers (402,044 in 25-54)

CNN: 1,340,129 viewers (451,370 in 25-54)


*Note: NBC went from 10-11:05PM and ABC and CBS went from 10-11:07PM


**Compared to Day One, FNC is up 12% in P2+ and up 23% in 25-54


8-11PM Primetime Coverage

FNC: 5,846,142 viewers (1,421,945 in 25-54)

MSNBC: 1,298,936 viewers (366,743 in 25-54)

CNN: 1,115,395 viewers (341,758 in 25-54)



*FNC peaked at 10:45-11PM ET with 8.2 million viewers and 2.3 million in Adults 25-54

*MSNBC peaked from 11-11:15PM ET with 1.7 million viewers and 544,000 in Adults 25-54.

*CNN peaked from 10:30-10:45PM ET with 1.4 million viewers and 496,000 in Adults 25-54.


Data from Nielsen Media Research

  • Stan T

    Fox News was again proves who people trust for the truth. And the youth are starting to catch on to the MSNBC BS….5 times as many of the key demo watched Fox News over MSNBC….and I bet it gets worse for MSNBC as the election gets closer….

  • Marcus

    @Stan T….The people who you think trust Fox news are Republicans. Dems. don’t turn to Fox News for the “truth”.

  • Sean

    Where were MSNBC ratings four years ago for the convention?

  • Snap Tie

    @ Sean: does it matter? There clocks were cleaned..

  • serg

    Fox does well in ratings because it is the only tv outlet for the right wing fringe. The other networks have to split the liberal to moderate crowd. 1,421,945 viewers in 25-54 demo isn’t that impressive. Jwow & Snooki do better than Ryan & Mitt.

  • Sean

    Just curious how far they have fallen since moving farther to the left. Their analysis is pretty laughable.

  • seinnasun

    I will be anxious to see how many people and the age groups for the DNC convention..

  • HRJ

    Can’t we all just get along?

    FACTCHECK.ORG said that Paul Ryans speech contained many lies. I get slamed by you guys wheneven I bring it up. Prove it. Prove it. Well then, I will post directly from Factcheck.Org. but I am sure it will not make a difference.

    TAMPA, Fla. — Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech at the Republican convention contained several false claims and misleading statements. Delegates cheered as the vice presidential nominee:
    ?Accused President Obama’s health care law of funneling money away from Medicare “at the expense of the elderly.” In fact, Medicare’s chief actuary says the law “substantially improves” the system’s finances, and Ryan himself has embraced the same savings.
    ?Accused Obama of doing “exactly nothing” about recommendations of a bipartisan deficit commission — which Ryan himself helped scuttle.
    ?Claimed the American people were “cut out” of stimulus spending. Actually, more than a quarter of all stimulus dollars went for tax relief for workers.
    ?Faulted Obama for failing to deliver a 2008 campaign promise to keep a Wisconsin plant open. It closed less than a month before Obama took office.
    ?Blamed Obama for the loss of a AAA credit rating for the U.S. Actually, Standard & Poor’s blamed the downgrade on the uncompromising stands of both Republicans and Democrats.

    Read the entire acticle on Factcheck.Org

  • Sean

    Another FNC BLOWOUT!

  • Doug

    For those who are interested in stats rather than rhetoric:

    FNC: +14% in viewers/-12 in demo
    MSNBC: -9/-36
    CNN: -64/-64

    Overall, the convention is significantly less watched than in 2008.

  • AppleStinx

    Sean wrote: “Where were MSNBC ratings four years ago for the convention?”

    Four years ago, 10-11pm (source: TVbtN)
    MSNBC: P2+ 3,277,000 … A25-54 1,301,000
    CNN: P2+ 6,114,000 … A25-54 2,696,000

    (It was the night when Sarah Palin delivered her speech)

  • Suikostinger

    Even Fox News is calling out Paul Ryans falsehood and deceiving in his speech.

  • Delimart

    Well duh, of course Fox News is gonna lead… Only conservatives and republicans care about this convention..

  • Sean

    WOW! Those numbers from four years ago are pretty telling!

  • AppleStinx

    serg wrote: “…Jwow & Snooki do better than Ryan & Mitt.”

    When ‘Snooki & JWOWW’ takes a hit from the convention next week, we’ll know where its audience went, won’t we? :grin:

  • Sean

    No Kidding!

  • Former CNN Fan

    What the heck happened to CNN? Oh yeah, I watched Wolf and Erin some last night. I know why people turned the channel.

  • Sia

    FNC haters well see how your lame and pathetic DNC does on MSNBC well talk about this some more

  • Ronnie

    Wait and see folks. The numbers for the DNC won’t change that much. I was checking this page 4 years back and there was hardly a difference in what is trending now. FNC will still dominate in viewers next week. What IS interesting is how MSNBC was DEAD LAST in the demo. Real curious to see if that holds up next week.

  • Jordan

    Democrats watch CNN and Republicans watch Fox News…its basically true…..;-)

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