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)


  • James

    Romney didnt do himself any favors among women when asked about equal pay for equal work .the clown tap danced but never said weather he was for it or against it

  • JJA

    Fox News has great hosts. Those two in the picture are very likeable.

  • Dave

    She was a nude model,at one time.They don’t need hosts they need news people and they have none.
    New corp has been kicked out of England and their top people charged with crimes.
    As I said,they are anti-American


    Ugh. Hate how people hate FOX News because 1. They crush their competition and 2. They give stories the Obama networks don’t show. FOX was the first to fire at the government for their lies and HUGE mis-handling of the Libya situation.

  • 1966

    your unamerican.

  • betty

    Oblamer LIED….Patriots DIED.
    Oblamer says he “takes full responsibility”……
    he can’t do that….Hillery already did that…oh, they BOTH “take full
    responsibity…but,he said….hey,who’s on ‘first’ ??????

  • Berezan

    Really,there are people out there who think this is still the obama-nation? Do you home work–I suggest you start by reading Wil Adams’ books ‘How the Marxist are using Political Correctness…’ and ‘How to Reform the Political System…’. You will come away from those books with an education that you seem not to have gotten in the Marxist indoctrination centers public education has become.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Ratboy: >>> The people that watch the cable news networks are watching for the analysis so 11 million is HUGE! <<<

    Rats – Why argue anymore with a jackass?

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Dave: >>> FOX is an anti-American network. <<<

    Houston…we have a problem. Another jackass in the mix.

  • Ralph Hahn

    WHO is playing the role of “Jeffie” today? Mark2 or Dave?

  • Erick

    Obama can’t take “full responsibility” or be a leader when he still blames Bush and the republicans for creating such a large economic mess for him back in 2008, and Obama has only made it worse during his 1st term. His policies have failed, gas prices are double what they were in 2008, 6 trillion more dollars added in debt (even Obama admitted in 2008 that this was “unpatriotic”), 2 trillion more than Bush had in 2 terms, Incomes aren’t rising, commodities are more expensive and millions of americans still out of wok despite the unemployment rate dropping to 7.8%. (which can be attributed to the fact that millions have left the workforce since 2008 making the unemployment rate seem low when it actually isn’t. Should be closer to 11% if we had the same # of people in the workforce.)

  • RealityChick

    How is FOX Un-American? Please explain. You do realize you are arguing over the ratings of a tv program and you post an idiotic insult because the station you watch doesn’t do as well as another station? Are you like 18? Why do the Obamabots always resort to copy and paste opinions or name calling…kinda makes your point irrelevant.

  • BB

    Right on TVMan.

  • City Kitty

    I watch FNC coverage to hear Charles Krauthammer’s opinion on the debates, but the FBN, with Cavuto and his business analysis of the debates is the most compelling.

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