An estimated 66.8 million people tuned in during primetime to watch the news coverage for the presidential election as well as the Senate, Congressional and state-level elections.
While coverage varied by network, 13 networks aired live coverage from approximately 8:00PM to 11:00PM. The chart below highlights the sum of the average audience for these networks.
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For comparison, here are the figures for the 2008 election night coverage:
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2012 Networks Included:
ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, Univision, Telemundo, CNBC, CNN, FOX News Channel, MSNBC, Current TV, TV One.
2008 Networks Included:
ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Univision, Telemundo, BBC America, BET, CNBC, CNN, FOX News Channel, MSNBC, TV One, WGN-America.