FNC's Second Presidential Debate Coverage Matches Network's Record-High Ratings for Biden-Palin Debate

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October 17th, 2012

 

FNC's coverage of the second Presidential Debate was watched by 11.1 million Total Viewers, up from its ratings for the first debate and matching the network's highest ever ratings, for the 2008 Joe Biden-Sarah Palin debate.

FNC not only beat CBS but was watched by more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined. CNN was watched by 5.77 million viewers.  4.87 million people watched the debate on MSNBC. FNC also beat the other cable news networks in the key Adults 25-54 demographic.

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

FNC: 11,102,117 in total viewers (3,455,243 in 25-54)

CNN: 5,770,449 in total viewers (2,583,272 in 25-54)

MSNBC: 4,876,967 in total viewers (1,913,571 in 25-54)

 

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

FNC: 9,000,869 in total viewers (2,687,147 in 25-54)

CNN: 4,343,325 in total viewers (1,896,333 in 25-54)

MSNBC: 3,884,487 in total viewers (1,489,602 in 25-54)

 

Broadcast Fast Nationals 9-10:39PM:

NBC: 13,817,973 in P2+ (6,831,866)

ABC: 12,463,912 in P2+ (4,707,324)

CBS: 8,921,671 in P2+ (3,613,429)

 

 
  • bill

    Wow…Fox is on fire. CNN actually has good coverage. Very interactive.

  • b

    Is it just a coincidence that MSNBC’s viewership matches exactly with the number of institutions in this Country that were featured in Jack Nicholson’s, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”?

  • AppleStinx

    First vs second debate (8-10:30pm):
    P2+
    FNC: +7%
    CNN: -5%
    MSNBC: +4%

    A25-54
    FNC: +18%
    CNN: +9%
    MSNBC: +3%

  • AppleStinx

    First vs second debate (8-11pm, primetime):
    P2+
    FNC: +10%
    CNN: -9%
    MSNBC: -1%

    A25-54
    FNC: +24%
    CNN: +2%
    MSNBC: +1%

  • AppleStinx

    The first comparison should be (9-10:30pm)

  • Mark2

    Broadcast Numbers:

    NBC: 13,817,973

    ABC: 12,463,912

    CBS: 8,921,671

  • eridapo

    Come on those Fox ratings are due to people tuning in to watch Megyn Kelly. LOL.

  • Erick

    Just wait until the next debate, Fox may get even higher ratings than they received last night.

  • Justin

    This just tells me conservatives which are regularly said to be about 1/3 of Americans tune to the channel they know share their values and spins things there way…

    Those in the middle and liberal have any of several channels to choose from for coverage… NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and MSNBC.

    No surprises in these ratings to me.

  • Mark2

    Hey Justin, try 1/5th. Over 56 Million watched the Debate but only 11 Million tuned in to watch it on Fox News.

  • Ronnie

    @eridapo – absolutely!!! Lol

  • AppleStinx

    The percentages indicate that both CNN and MSNBC lost viewers in the hour and half bracketing the debate (8pm pre-debate hour plus 10:30 post-debate analysis), in total and demo viewers.

  • April

    Justin – “Those in the middle and liberal have any of several channels to choose from for coverage… NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and MSNBC”

    Which of those networks do you consider to be in the middle?

  • Ratboy

    @ Mark2
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 1:52 PM
    Hey Justin, try 1/5th. Over 56 Million watched the Debate but only 11 Million tuned in to watch it on Fox News.

    You DO realize that the average Joe that is not a political junkie will in fact watch the network whether they are right or left leaning. The people that watch the cable news networks are watching for the analysis so 11 million is HUGE! And dont even try to tell us that the 11 million watching FOX are all die hard conservitives. I am sure that a fair amount are also from the left but again watching for the analysis.

  • Dave

    FOX news seem upset tonight that a terrorist attack failed in NYC.They would just love to see a successful attack.FOX is an anti-American network.

  • James

    Obama Biden leads 2-1 so far after romney got his a$$ kicked royaly as i predicted..next mondays debates about foreign policy.will make it 3-1 .

  • 1966

    @dave
    hahahahaha

  • Ratboy

    @ Dave
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 2:11 PM
    FOX news seem upset tonight that a terrorist attack failed in NYC.They would just love to see a successful attack.FOX is an anti-American network

    REALLY DAVE????? Go back to watching Sharpton, Matthews, and Shultz. I think you understand them better.

  • Laurence Glavin

    A tough night for Fox viewers overall: their darling Bristol was voted off “Dancing With the Stars(Not)” and their other favorite robot went down an hour and a half later.

  • Ratboy

    James take Dave by the hand and take him to your happy place.

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