Over 6 Days of the RNC and DNC, FOX News Channel Had the Most-Watched Convention Coverage

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September 7th, 2012

With data for all six days of convention coverage now in, FOX News Channel has the highest average ratings among Total Viewers (5.337 million)  for combined coverage of both the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention. The channel's extremely high ratings for coverage of the RNC were strong enough to overcome its sixth place finish for each night of the DNC to result in an overall top average rating, outperforming not only CNN and MSNBC but ABC, CBS and NBC.

NBC had the highest average rating over the six days among the key news demographic of adults 25-54 (1.940 million) , though it's somewhat of an apples-and-oranges comparison given that NBC did not air any coverage on the second night of the DNC, and made up for it by airing a second hour on night three. FNC came in second among Adults 25-54 (1.420 million.)

MSNBC had the lowest 6 day average among Total Viewers (2.972 million) and Adults 25-54 (1.012 million.

More Convention Ratings can be found here.

2012 CONVENTION COVERAGE COMPARISON

P 2+

P 25-54

Network

Period

Period

Time

Days

(000s)

(000s)

FOXN

Dem'12 Day 1

9/4/2012

10:00P -11:00P

TU

2407

550

FOXN

Dem'12 Day 2

9/5/2012

10:00P -11:00P

WED

3103

814

FOXN

Dem'12 Day 3

9/6/2012

10:00P -11:00P

THU

2855

808

FOXN

RNC DAY 1

8/28/2012

10:00P -11:00P

TU

6832

1680

FOXN

RNC DAY 2

8/29/2012

10:00P -11:00P

WED

7713

2071

FOXN

RNC DAY3

8/30/2012

10:00P -11:00P

TH

9109

2597

Total Audience:

32019

8520

Average Audience:

5337

1420

CNN

Dem'12 Day 1

9/4/2012

10:00P -11:00P

_T_____

3889

1368

CNN

Dem'12 Day 2

9/5/2012

10:00P -11:00P

__W____

4135

1544

CNN

Dem'12 Day 3

9/6/2012

10:00P -11:00P

THU

5562

2201

CNN

RNC DAY 1

8/28/2012

10:00P -11:00P

TU

1474

413

CNN

RNC DAY 2

8/29/2012

10:00P -11:00P

WED

1340

451

CNN

RNC DAY3

8/30/2012

10:00P -11:00P

TH

2327

904

Total Audience:

18727

6881

Average Audience:

3121

1147

MSNB

Dem'12 Day 1

9/4/2012

10:00P -11:00P

_T_____

4107

1432

MSNB

Dem'12 Day 2

9/5/2012

10:00P -11:00P

__W____

4388

1419

MSNB

Dem'12 Day 3

9/6/2012

10:00P -11:00P

THU

4547

1776

MSNB

RNC DAY 1

8/28/2012

10:00P -11:00P

TU

1468

412

MSNB

RNC DAY 2

8/29/2012

10:00P -11:00P

WED

1441

402

MSNB

RNC DAY3

8/30/2012

10:00P -11:00P

TH

1879

628

Total Audience:

17830

6069

Average Audience:

2972

1012

P2+

A25-54

Network

Period

Day

Date

Time

AA

AA

ABC

Dem Convention 12

Day 1

9/4/2012

10-11:08p

3,237

1,143

ABC

Dem Convention 12

Day 2

9/5/2012

10-11:29p

4,587

1,729

ABC

Dem Convention 12

Day 3

9/6/2012

10-11:11p

3,995

1,524

ABC

RNC DAY 1

8/28/2012

10:00P -11:03P

TU

2,863

920

ABC

RNC DAY 2

8/29/2012

10:00P -11:07P

WED

2,858

994

ABC

RNC DAY3

8/30/2012

10:00P -11:15P

TH

4,443

1,612

Total Audience:

21983

7922

Average Audience:

3664

1320

CBS

Dem Convention 12

Day 1

9/4/2012

10-11:07p

3,269

1,057

CBS

Dem Convention 12

Day 2

9/5/2012

10-11:28p

4,410

1,724

CBS

Dem Convention 12

Day 3

9/6/2012

10-11:12p

3,294

1,383

CBS

RNC DAY 1

8/28/2012

10:00P -11:03P

TU

3119

938

CBS

RNC DAY 2

8/29/2012

10:00P -11:07P

WED

2,559

944

CBS

RNC DAY3

8/30/2012

10:00P -11:15P

TH

3,730

1,507

Total Audience:

20381

7553

Average Audience:

3397

1259

NBC

Dem Convention 12

Day 1

9/4/2012

10-11:06p

5,022

1,929

NBC

Dem Convention 12

Day 2

DID NOT AIR DUE TO FOOTBALL

NBC

Dem Convention 12

Day 3

9/6/2012

9-11:11p

7,377

3,088

NBC

RNC DAY 1

8/28/2012

10:00P -11:03P

TU

4,770

1,725

NBC

RNC DAY 2

8/29/2012

10:00P -11:07P

WED

4,149

1,493

NBC

RNC DAY3

8/30/2012

10:00P -11:15P

TH

3847

1464

Total Audience:

25165

9699

Average Audience:

5033

1940

 

 

 
  • Mark

    Republicans sure love those fair and balanced voices of good ol’ fox news ..

  • Haha

    Too bad total viewers mean zilch. I guess those KKK conventions don’t teach about how to read ratings though.

  • Suikostinger

    Oh yeah! Fair and balanced for FNC. During political conventions they have one of the most unfair and unbalanced guys. (Hannity) Fair and balanced boys!

  • Snap Tie

    Coming to a city near you if Broke Oblamer wins.. Tear down the top and look like this..http://thegatewaypundit.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/obama-unemployment-line.jpg

  • Snap Tie

    Suikostinger

    Hannity doesn’t do the convention coverage..Look at the left wing flame throwers on your favorite station MSDNC.. Even the The York Times -Puffington Compost were bashing their coverage as a total Obama love fest.

  • Ratboy

    @ Suikostinger
    Posted September 7, 2012 at 1:24 PM
    Oh yeah! Fair and balanced for FNC. During political conventions they have one of the most unfair and unbalanced guys. (Hannity) Fair and balanced boys!

    Did you watch Hannity during the DNC???? He had guests from both sides of the aisle every night, he cut away for speeches, even with his admitted conservitive bias covered both sides. So you kinda sound like Jeffie on this one! :shock:

  • AppleStinx

    An average of 2.788 million people watched the DNC on FNC.
    An average of 1.713 million watched the RNC on CNN, 1.596 million on MSNBC.

    I don’t see how the on-the-air presence of Hannity (he was off on Thursday) or O’Reilly leading to the main speeches might have hurt FNC’s ratings during the DNC, but I would have given them the week off anyway (FNC had done that in the past, IIRC).

  • Ralph Hahn

    >>> Republicans sure love those fair and balanced voices of good ol’ fox news .. <<<

    Well, if only Republicans and conservatives watch Fox News, expect a Romney landslide in two months.

  • Nick Czar

    LAME STREAM media numbers indicate NBC got the lions share of
    viewers for the last day of the DNC.

    This is not a surprise as only unhinged socialists watch that abomination.

    I attempted to watch Obama’s retread speech but projectile sputum forced
    me to watch the football game.

    Clint Eastwood’s comment that Obama is the biggerst hoax in America
    hit the mark.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Apple Stinx: I think I’m going to give you a new handle: “The Voice Of Reason.” You earned it, buddy.

  • Snap Tie

    Obama awarded gun salesman of the year (again) at Smith & Wesson. I wonder why Obama didn’t trout this out as job creations?

    http://shtfplan.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/smithwess.png

  • Bob

    Based on the consistently low ratings day in and day out of HLN, CNN, MSNBC and the alphabet networks, it’s no wonder the left, far left and super left are losing network after network after network. They hate that Fox gives all sides a shot and they demand that everyone support them, yet cannot find the time to support any of their own vomit vehicles. Now CNN is reorganizing, Current TV is on the verge of BK and Air America cease to exist.

  • blaze

    sour grapes guys
    no one that’s “no one” can beat FNC! ROFLOL

  • Mark2

    Hey Sara, you forget that MSNBC and NBC are one and the same.

    NBC/MSNBC drew 42 Million viewers
    Fox News drew 32 Million viewers

    Also, NBC by itself won the Demo.

  • ernie

    So I watched on PBS, were these ratings available? Or does nobody watch PBS but me?

  • Hillbilly

    @Sara Bibel

    Good job! Nice to have one page to get all the info.

  • Hillbilly

    In 4 years AppleStinx can use this page to remind us of the numbers. ;)

  • Rosemarazzle

    Fox News is actually Fair and Balanced. the only people that think it is not are the kool-aid drinkers that get all of their talking points and information from dopey Letterman and MSDNC

    This is an excellent ratings chart. I think most people are sick of politics and are ready to vote Oblamer out of office. the conventions are just pep rallies for the people that are already voting for the candidate. The speeches from the Democrat Convention were shrieking and extreme. the most entertaining part of that convention was the vote for God. They denied him three times.

  • AppleStinx

    Hillbilly wrote: “In 4 years AppleStinx can use this page to remind us of the numbers. :wink:

    Right. If I’m lucky enough not to be banned from the site before then. :cool:

  • Doug Z

    Mark
    Posted September 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Republicans sure love those fair and balanced voices of good ol’ fox news

    Demos sure love Fair and Balanced voices of the Alphabet news networks

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