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Tuesday Cable Ratings: CNN Election Coverage Dominates Night + 'Sons of Anarchy', 'The Daily Show', 'The Colbert Report' & More

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November 7th, 2012

 

CNN Election Night in America coverage earned the number one spot among Tuesday's cable programs with a 4.9 rating at the 11PM hour.  The highest-rated non-election program was Sons Of Anarchy, which earned a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 2.5  adults 18-49 rating.

We only receive the top 100 cable shows for adults 25-54 for the whole day from our primary source, if you don't see your show it was not in that top 100 list. 

The list below is long but you can use your browsers "find on page" feature (usually CTRL+F or CMD+F) to search for specific shows.

Selected Tuesday cable ratings: (all Live+Same Day ratings):

Show Net Time Viewership (million, Live+SD) Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD)
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 11:00 PM 10.788 4.9
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 10:00 PM 10.043 4.5
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 12:00 AM 9.250 4.2
ROMNEY CONCESSION SPCH CNN 12:55 AM 8.970 4.0
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 9:00 PM 9.433 3.9
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 1:00 AM 8.439 3.9
OBAMA ACCEPTANCE SPCH CNN 1:38 AM 7.803 3.6
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXNC 10:00 PM 11.609 3.4
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXNC 11:00 PM 10.101 3.3
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 8:00 PM 8.279 3.3
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXNC 9:00 PM 11.792 3.2
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXNC 8:00 PM 10.959 2.8
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 7:00 PM 5.864 2.2
Sons Of Anarchy FX 10:00 PM 3.963 2.1
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXNC 12:00 AM 5.612 2.0
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXNC 7:00 PM 8.300 1.9
MSNBC ELECTION COVERAGE MSNBC 11:00 PM 5.536 1.7
MSNBC ELECTION COVERAGE MSNBC 10:00 PM 5.343 1.7
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 2:00 AM 3.510 1.6
MSNBC ELECTION COVERAGE MSNBC 12:00 AM 4.934 1.6
MSNBC ELECTION COVERAGE MSNBC 1:00 AM 4.521 1.4
SR/MITT ROMNEY CONCEDES FOXNC 12:55 AM 4.044 1.4
MSNBC ELECTION COVERAGE MSNBC 9:00 PM 4.670 1.4
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:00 PM 3.334 1.3
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 9:30 PM 3.224 1.3
Situation Room CNN 6:00 PM 3.682 1.3
Family Guy ADSM 11:30 PM 2.640 1.2
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXNC 6:00 PM 5.578 1.2
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 8:30 PM 2.858 1.2
MSNBC ELECTION COVERAGE MSNBC 8:00 PM 3.986 1.1
Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC 10:00 PM 2.761 1.1
Daily Show CMDY 11:00 PM 2.087 1.1
Family Guy ADSM 11:00 PM 2.396 1.0
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXNC 1:01 AM 3.016 1.0
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 10:30 PM 2.601 1.0
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 8:00 PM 2.377 0.9
SR/OBAMA VICTORY SPEECH FOXNC 1:36 AM 2.222 0.9
Situation Room CNN 5:00 PM 2.663 0.9
MSNBC ELECTION COVERAGE MSNBC 2:00 AM 2.726 0.9
FIVE, THE FOXNC 5:00 PM 4.402 0.8
American Dad ADSM 10:30 PM 1.971 0.8
MSNBC ELECTION COVERAGE MSNBC 7:00 PM 3.242 0.8
Colbert Report CMDY 11:31 PM 1.459 0.8
SUPERSMACKDOWN LIVE SYFY 8:00 PM 2.202 0.7
Robot Chicken ADSM 12:00 AM 1.574 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 2.399 0.7
INK MASTER SPIKE 10:00 PM 1.212 0.7
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 PM 2.325 0.6
American Dad ADSM 10:00 PM 1.660 0.6
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 2.082 0.6
MSNBC ELECTION COVERAGE MSNBC 6:00 PM 2.466 0.6
Situation Room CNN 4:00 PM 1.820 0.6
SpongeBob TRUTH OR SQUARE NICK 6:00 PM 2.837 0.6
YOUR WORLD W/NEIL CAVUTO FOXNC 4:00 PM 3.518 0.5
Sons Of Anarchy FX 11:13 PM 1.007 0.5
TATTOO NIGHTMARES SPIKE 11:01 PM 0.991 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 8:00 AM 2.086 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 4:00 PM 1.491 0.5
Covert Affairs USA 10:00 PM 2.278 0.5
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISC 9:00 PM 1.625 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 3:00 PM 1.484 0.5
SpongeBob NICK 4:30 PM 2.360 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 8:00 PM 1.298 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 10:00 AM 1.306 0.5
Pardon The Interruption ESPN 5:30 PM 0.963 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 2:00 PM 1.294 0.5
Hardcore Pawn TRU 8:30 PM 1.330 0.5
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXNC 2:00 AM 1.349 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 6:00 PM 1.687 0.5
Hardcore Pawn TRU 9:00 PM 1.309 0.5
Anderson Cooper 360 CNN 3:00 PM 1.541 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 5:00 PM 1.490 0.5
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXNC 1:00 PM 2.642 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 9:00 PM 1.311 0.5
Storage Wars AEN 9:30 PM 1.322 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 11:00 AM 1.215 0.4
KING OF QUEENS TBSC 6:30 PM 1.014 0.4
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 1:00 PM 1.290 0.4
Hardball WITH C. MATTHEWS MSNBC 5:00 PM 2.027 0.4
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXNC 12:00 PM 2.304 0.4
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXNC 10:00 AM 2.570 0.4
Storage Wars AEN 10:00 PM 1.328 0.4
STUDIO B W/S.SMITH FOXNC 3:00 PM 2.843 0.4
ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT CNN 2:00 PM 1.274 0.4
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXNC 11:00 AM 2.350 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 AM 1.216 0.4
Storage Wars AEN 7:30 PM 1.292 0.4
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 7:29 PM 1.013 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 8:30 PM 1.371 0.4
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXNC 9:00 AM 2.822 0.4
Chopped FOOD 10:00 PM 1.166 0.4
STORAGE WARS AEN 10:30 PM 1.311 0.4
FOX AND FRIENDS FOXNC 8:00 AM 2.481 0.4
American Pickers HIST 9:00 PM 1.417 0.4
RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT 9:00 PM 2.108 0.4
FOX AND FRIENDS FOXNC 7:00 AM 2.000 0.3
Chopped FOOD 9:00 PM 1.008 0.3
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXNC 2:00 PM 2.536 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 AM 1.109 0.3
RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT 8:00 PM 2.040 0.3

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To see past daily cable ratings posts click here.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • Mark Wilkins

    lol more people watched the concession speech over the acceptance speeh

  • CrimTV

    WOW the election is really young skewing and it does well in 18-49, a 4.9 for 10.8 million viewers!

  • Survivor Fan

    I watched the election on FOX News. It is the only network that I can stand listening to (though, I recognize its bias).

  • miles silverberg

    I’m glad to see people still leave their partisan networks and go to CNN for the “event” news cycles. It shows me we haven’t gone completely off the boil as a nation, and we might have a few brain cells left after all.

  • Meanie

    Everyone watched to see Romney finally words to this country.

    CNN numbers are better than most broadcast numbers for coverage. The age of cable begins lol

  • Martin

    Someone tell me again why Covert Affairs was renewed? – ratings weren’t that great last week either.

  • jT

    @martin because you don’t need great ratings to get renewals.

    Covert affairs does good in the ratings…

  • Ram510

    Smackdown did well considering the circumstances. Better than Friday. They should just officially move it to Tuesday and continue with the live shows

  • Mark3

    More people watched romney:) because people are tired of the same ol lies from obama! Cant wait for the whole libya cover up to comeout. And hey obama. Why dont you go to staten island. People r dying over there!!!! Worthless prez!

  • Kyle R

    More people watched Romney’s speech cause it was like 45 minutes/an hour earlier. Really guys, think about it.

  • Kaylie

    I like how this does not stop TBBT ratings. lol

  • Joe

    wow nice work CNN

  • Carl

    I’m a little confused by this disclaimer:

    “We only receive the top 100 cable shows for adults 25-54 for the whole day from our primary source, if you don’t see your show it was not in that top 100 list.”

    If that is true, how are you getting the 18-49 numbers?

  • Man

    Good for ink master and tattoo nightmares! Spike rocks!

  • Joe

    @Mark 3

    Talk about someone who is delusional. Romney is the biggest liar/flip flopper of all time for any politician. If they are tired of his so called “lies”, then why did Obama destroy Romney. And I mean Romney got a beating. Maybe it’s time you stopped watching Fox News and started watching CNN, PBS or one of the broadcast networks.

  • Rachael

    Yikes I expected Covert Affairs to take a ratings hit last night from election coverage, but I didn’t expect it to be THAT big. I wonder if they’ll make that up in DVR and later airings. On the west coast, the speeches from Romney and Obama happened right at the same time CA was on … bad timing there.

  • bsp

    I was stunned that USA aired a new ep of Covert Affairs on election night — what chance did it have? I HOPE that USA would take that into consideration when evaluating the numbers. I DVR’d the show and watched it today.

  • Mr Mikey

    Great for CNN they’ve become my place to go for news coverage.
    @Ram510
    What are you talking about Smackdown usually does 2.8 or 2.9,million viewers on Friday.

  • maider

    Covert Affairs is so boring, I wonder why it was renewed

  • Leondre

    The concession speech likely got more viewers because it came on when more people were awake.

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