FNC Coverage of the First Presidential Debate Tops All Cable and Broadcast Networks in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54

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October 4th, 2012

The numbers are in for last night's Presidential Debate. FOX News Channel (FNC) beat both  the broadcast networks and the other cable news networks in Total Viewers and adults 25-54, averaging 10.4 million viewers from 9-10:30PM during the actual debate making it FNC's high-rated presidential debate ever.  FNC also beat CBS, ABC and NBC during the actual debate.

CNN was the number 2 cable news network with an audience of 6.0 million viewers. MSNBC came in third with 4.7 million Total Viewers.


9:00-10:30PM (actual debate)


FNC: 10,421,380 in total viewers (2,932,907 in 25-54)

CNN: 6,045,109 in total viewers (2,368,589 in 25-54)

MSNBC: 4,710,511 in total viewers (1,852,629 in 25-54)


Broadcast Fast Nationals 9-10:30PM:


CBS 10,176,000

ABC 10,117,000

NBC 9,914,000

FOX 6,977,000


8:00-11:00PM (primetime coverage)


FNC: 8,181,448 in total viewers (2,159,809 in 25-54)

CNN: 4,763,003 in total viewers (1,851,207 in 25-54)

MSNBC: 3,913,759 in total viewers (1,481,901 in 25-54)

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Ratboy: I’ve read some more of the Democrat excuses. This one coming from Al Bore on his “Current” TV channel: Obama had an ‘altitude’ problem in the Mile-High City. The thin air affected him. But, haven’t both Obama and Romney been spending all their time in Colorado and other so-called “swing states?” So, Obama has an altitude problem with his attitude problems. Now, Romney, raised in Michigan and lived in Massachusetts, two relatively flat states…wouldn’t he have a breathing problem as well?

    All Lame, All The Time. Love that Bill Maher tweet about Obama needing a teleprompter. Is Bill going to ask the Obama campaign for his $1 million donation back?

  • Mark2

    So what this tells me is that out of the 60 million Americans who tuned in to watch the debates only 10 million tuned in to FOX News while 50 million did not watch FOX News. That’s actually a very good sign.

  • jb

    Barry did better debating Clint then Romney

  • Anne Marie

    The debate reflected Romney’s life and work experience vs. Obama’s inexperience….a “think on your feet” vs. teleprompter situation. The excuses for Obama’s poor performance are being spun…it’s everyone else’s fault, of course….and besides “Romney lies”…good grief…

  • mary

    Obama was exposed as the inexperienced, should never have been president that he is. Take away his teleprompter and he hms and haws worse than some high school kids during speeches. As for Liberal guy stating that Rommney was lieing, what were the lies? Why didn’t the brilliant one bring them up. Obama got spanked and rightly deserved it. Now the excuses have gone to the absolutely absurd….Gore says altitude. Obama and his minions only know how to blame others.

  • mary

    MSDNC is a descrace and needs to remove the word “news” from their title. All they have done leading up to the debate is bash Romney 24/7 and gave out manipulated polls to convince their viewers he was way behind. Guess what MSDNC your tacticts failed

  • raul

    The best debate i have seen in a while that is why i hope the indepandents have finally made up thier minds with this

  • UpAndOver

    Liberal Land…

    Look at the map..

    All the major cities are controlled by the democrats…

    The ‘urban’ I want , gimme land.

    These cities as controlled by the democrats are crime ridden, have bad schools and majority of citizens are on welfare/food stamps…


  • Jenny G

    Ah… FNC, how I love thee. That little boy Maddow is really hard to watch.

  • City Kitty

    Cavuto’s coverage on FBN was stellar. If he added Charles Krauthammer to his team, it would be perfect.

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