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)