Fox News Channel was the Most-Watched Cable News Network for Papal Announcement Coverage

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March 14th, 2013


Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable news network beating out CNN and MSNBC combined in total viewers between the hours of 2 and 4 (the time between the announcement and the new Pope's first words). FNC also won the time period in the key demo (25-54) during that time period. See the numbers below for more.


2-4PM (hours when new pope was announced, when his name was announced and when he spoke):

FNC: 2.232 million viewers (443,000 in 25-54)

CNN: 1.497 million viewers (420,000 in 25-54)

HLN: 913,000 viewers (315,000 in 25-54)

MSNBC: 597,000 viewers (142,000 in 25-54)



  • Dennis

    Lets see if you ad HLN and CNN togeather since they are basically the same
    thing you get 735,000 in the demo.

    Who’s really making the money

  • Jay

    No surprise fox got the highest and MSNBC got the lowest

  • DryedMangoez

    I thought that CNN was the go-to news channel for live, breaking news events? Though maybe I’m not surprised that people who were interested in the Papal announcement would turn to Fox I guess?

    The broadcast nets went live too though.

  • RJ

    This should be a game. Whenever FOX News wins a night, take a drink! ;)

  • David Howell

    Catholics are usually a swing demographic rather than clearly red – Romney lost Catholics by two points according to exit polls – so I’m surprised FNC were quite this strong.

    That said, the gap between FNC and CNN is far, far bigger in normal circumstances. FNC had a 3:1 margin over CNN much of Monday even in the demo, for instance.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Dennis: You can’t add CNN & HLN. They may be owned by the same company, but CNN was busy with the Papal announcement and HLN, the murder trial.

    If they were simulcasting the same programming on separate channels, that would be another thing.

  • AppleStinx

    The 597,000 viewers on MSNBC were people who hoped to see Obama appear on the balcony as the new Pope.

  • Coffee Steve

    That’s COLD Apple LOL

  • iggy

    Well duh, only old people care who the pope is.

  • Bob

    Apple. That was a good one. Those liberal sure like their “god” Obama. How sad for them. What is so interesting is that they are getting screwed and don’t even realize it….lol.


    LOL @ Apple! But honestly, couldn’t have cared less about who became the pope.

  • Stan T.

    Why did Fox win so big? Because people wanted to know who the new Pope was, not how the new Pope should make the church into a liberal institution…The other networks were all talking about how the Catholic Church should change what they believe..

  • Mark

    Shep Smith did a great job “reporting” rather than giving opinion. Also, EWTN had excellent coverage.

  • Lonesome Rhodes

    lol EWTN

  • Cheryl Lynn

    I was flipping around and landed on Wolf Blitzer on CNN. He was gushing over Michelle Obama being on the cover of some worthless, shallow, fashion magazine cover. Just ooozing about how she can pull off sleeveless frocks and all the designer crap she wears. Oh yeah…and the bangs, Wolf needs clean underwear, cause Michelle now has BANGS!. I don’t know any man (I even have gay men friends) who jabbers like that. Is he trying to be for Michelle what Tingle Leg is for O? C’mon Wolf, I remember you in the first Desert Storm, what is going on with you, have you no pride?

  • Ralph Hahn

    @AppleStinx: Great line about “Pope Barack I.” You never let me down.

    @Coffee Steve: Hey, where have you been, buddy o’mine? I missed ya.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Stan T. You are spot-on.

    @Mark: I agree with you about Shep’s coverage. However, he rarely gives opinion anyway. Shep and Brett Baier are strictly news anchors, not opinionated hosts. Although, Brett does have his panel segment in the second half-hour. But, even then, it’s not a one-sided panel.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Cheryl Lynn: Did you have that huge disco hit “Got To Be REal” in 1979?

  • Palm to Face

    Surprise…Fox News won the ratings on the announcement on some homophobe running the Catholic Church, a Church that is so poorly ran, just like the Republican Party.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Palm to Face: >>> … a Church that is so poorly ran, just like the Republican
    Party. <<<

    So poorly RAN? Another grammar-less genius. Some of you people should read your posts out loud to yourselves before hitting the send button.

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