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

  • Letmethink

    No Sulko, Sally Kohn, a far left commentator on FOX called Ryan deceptive.

  • Nick Czar

    MSNBC’S “MAN LOVE OF OBAMA” just reached the Anderson Cooper
    atmosphere of the planet GIGGLES !

    TINGLES has proclaimed that mentioning Obamas’s Chicago roots in
    politics is racist. In fact, simply saying Chicago is racist.

    COMCAST owners of that race baiting cable outlet apparently endorses this
    pathetic nitwit by keeping him on the payroll.

    I suspect MSNBC will get a huge boost in viewership after the election as
    people tune in to watch all that wailing, pissing and moaning in the wake of
    the Romney Ryan victory.

  • Letmethink

    HRJ, sadly is mostly comprised of left wing people who support obama. They are not found to be credible.Lots of information is coming out about them as many of their fact checks didn’t seem to be “fair and balanced” I wish there was a truly non-partisan fact check organization.

  • Ratboy

    @ Suikostinger
    Posted August 30, 2012 at 12:41 PM
    Even Fox News is calling out Paul Ryans falsehood and deceiving in his speech.

    Are you talking about the same lib contributor that Jeffie tried pawning off?

  • Mr Mumble

    “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”

    This is a blatant lie, the factory ended production of trucks in April 2009, it was only SUVs that saw production end in December 2008. Amazing how lefties (such as will all congregate around a lie and run with it.

  • HRJ

    Can’t we all just get along?


    The American people will vote President B.O. for another term. Will that be fair and balanced? There is no amount of facts to make you and your FOX friends to understand reason.

  • Letmethink

    Hello HRJ–can’t we all get along. He may well be re-elected–I know you would like that—I would not. The point I was making is that FactCheck is left wing and not fair and balanced. I wish there was a source that was neutral and could be trusted by both left and right. Sadly we are such a polarized and politically corrupt country that it is difficult to trust any source. You don’t trust Fox. I don’t trust CNN, MSNBC. I guess all of our understanding comes from our personal point of view. I don’t understand yours and you don’t understand mine. But I do love reading your posts and trying to understand your point of view.

  • a p garcia

    I watched FOX primarily because FOX covered the convention and speeches. The other networks, ABC,CBS,NBCchose to cover their reporters tell us what is important or spout their opinions instead of covering speeches and convention stuff. I think this is how the major networks feel about the RNC and I wish FOX had a nightlyt news cast.

  • Coffee Steve

    BOOM! Fox explodes, and they may get 9 million + for tonights

    Speaking of numbers

    *RNC Ratings Night 2: Networks Lose 17 Million Viewers Compared To ’08…

    I wonder why?

    & Fox will lead next week as well

  • HRJ

    Can’t we all just get along?


    I understand right from wrong and black from white. I accept the truth from anyone even if my view point is overlooked.

  • Coffee Steve


    Last night you thought I was being sarcastic, so I’ll try it again

    I “really” am looking forward to your un-biased review of Mrs O speech, I thought you were fair on your opinion of Ann Romneys, sorry if my typing made it look sarcastic

  • Coffee Steve

    Wednesday is open

  • Letmethink

    HRJ I don’t overlook your posts. I do think they are thoughtful and reflect your beliefs,
    Coffee, I thought HRJ’s post was fair also. I started to respond to him and thank him for the unbiased opinion of Ann Romney. She is a decent woman and is being unfairly eviscerated by some.

  • Babygate

    What am I missing here? Ryan never said that it was Obama’s fault the factory closed. Obama was trying to present the government as a savior and Ryan pointed out that eventually, in 2009 after the final Isuzu contract was finished, the factory closed and remains closed. Obama bailed GM but somehow this factory managed to be overlooked, even after he had implied a year and a half before that they wouldn’t. It’s very simple. And to the argument that Fox is ahead because they are the only conservative outfit, well, they beat all of the other networks COMBINED, consistently. So even is CNN and MSNBC merged they would still get beat by significant numbers. This is also clear as day, so what’s the confusion?

  • Babygate

    Come to think about it, George W. was an underachiever compared to Obama. He increased the deficit by 5 trillion in 8 years with two wars. Obama has increased it by almost 6 in less than half that time and only one dwindling war. Just sayin’

  • Doug Z

    Posted August 30, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    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.
    Why do you not read from the BHO play book. Oh , you just did

  • Doug Z


    Last night you thought I was being sarcastic, so I’ll try it again

    I “really” am looking forward to your un-biased review of Mrs O speech, I thought you were fair on your opinion of Ann Romneys, sorry if my typing made it look sarcastic
    I love my junk food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Coke is the best drink ever made.
    Junk food for everyone.

  • Ralph Hahn

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

    What a dopey thing to say. Next week you will see Fox News lead in coverage of the Democrat convention as well.

    You MSNBC & CNN Losers just better face it. Fox News is STILL #1 and all the signs are there for a substantial growth above FNC'S ratings superiority.

    Only people with a reasonable amount of intelligence are watching this convention at all. The real idiots are watching something else.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Babygate: People will believe what they want to believe and HEAR what they want to hear. Most of these posters clip & paste directly from left-wing blogs. Whenever I see a link to the Huffpost or NY Times, I automatically discount it for being nothing but a smear job on the Republicans.

    Moron #1 on this page is STILL bringing up an alleged 1968 auto accident for which Mitt Romney was allegedly responsible. He’s still hoping that the “real” facts will come out that will point to Mitt’s guilt for the death of a priest and a passenger in his car. I guess it’s still an open case after 44 years! LOL.

  • Ralph Hahn

    P.S. As if Paul Ryan hurling an old woman off a cliff wasn’t enough. Now, Romney committed murder in 1968. ROFLMAO!!!

    I want to clarify my last point when I said that “Most of these posters clip & paste from left-wing blogs.” I don’t want to mislead anyone in thinking that of all the posters here in this Cable News section clip & paste. It’s only the conservative & Republican haters who get challenged by a “fact.” Once challenged, THEY will provide a link to a left-wing blog.

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