FOX News Channel Beats Broadcast Again in Final Night of Coverage for RNC

Categories: Cable News Ratings

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August 31st, 2012


FOX News Channel was once again  the top network during the final day of the RNC with 9.1 million total viewers, putting it ahead of broadcast coverage by wide margins during the 10-11PM hour in both total viewers and in adults 25-54.

FNC also only declined 2% in viewership from 2008's RNC, which is lower than the declines reported by all other broadcast/cable networks resulting from the overall lower viewership we've seen during this RNC. See more in the tables below.




10-11PM Coverage

FNC: 9,057,093 viewers (2,575,383 in 25-54)

  • Vs. ’08, only down 2% in P2+

ABC: 4,442,908,000 viewers (1,612,407 in 25-54)

  • Vs. ’08, down 26%

NBC: 3,847,498 viewers (1,463,902 in 25-54)

  • Vs. ’08, down 56%

CBS: 3,729,691 viewers (1,506,553 in 25-54)

  • Vs. ’08, down 30%

CNN: 2,327,376 viewers (903,838 in 25-54)

  • Vs. ’08, down 52%

MSNBC: 1,876,459 viewers (625,712 in 25-54)

  • Vs. ’08, down 25%


*Note: NBC went from 10-11:19PM, ABC from 10-11:22PM and CBS from 10-11:21PM


8-11PM Primetime Coverage

FNC: 6,609,548 viewers (1,627,349 in 25-54)

CNN: 1,657,584 viewers (580,648 in 25-54)

MSNBC: 1,567,633 viewers (464,809 in 25-54)



*FNC peaked at 10:45-11PM ET with 9.4 million viewers and 2.8 million in Adults 25-54

*MSNBC peaked from 11:15-11:30PM ET with 2.478 million viewers and 847,000 in Adults 25-54.

*CNN peaked from 10:45-11PM ET with 2.454 million viewers and during 10:30-10:45 with 980,000 in Adults 25-54.



Nielsen Media Research



  • Foxrepublican

    Anyone who answers honestly is better off than they were 4 years ago. 4 years ago the market was losing from 200 to 700 points a day, and we were losing 750 jobs a month. Housing was dropping by 10% a month and the entire world economy was on the brink of disaster.
    I understand that for some it’s important to make believe that was not the reality, but it was. You can say Obama didn’t clean up the mess fast enough, but there is not one issue today that he created.

  • a p garcia

    I don’t care what George Stephanolopos says, the major media is BIAS and that is why I watched FOX. The major media rarely carried speeches by minorities and even less if they were minority females. The major media was more interested in giving their reporters airtime and commentary than showing speeches and how a convention works execpt Clint Eastwood’s speech!

  • Voltron

    While great news for Fox, not great news for the Romney/Ryan ticket as the general public of swing voters, they did not care to watch the Romney/Ryan supershow to be sold on them.

  • Pherrel

    @FoxRepublican (which I am pretty sure is a phony sentiment) – If someone lost their job 4 years ago and is now underemployed in a job that pays 25% of their previous salary, their house has lost 20% of it’s value, and their 401K has lost 30% of it’s value – they are not better off than they were 4 years ago.

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