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)



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  • Joseph

    What about the broadcast network numbers??

  • chris

    I wonder how the regular networks did.

  • Pundit

    1.2 billion Catholics.

    0.070 billion Obama voters

  • Laurence Glavin

    The selection of an aging (ok, we’re ALL aging, but a one-lunged 76-year old?) head of a dying institution who’s described as scholarly but still believes in a literally childish talking-snake fairy tale (in literature, such stories are called “just so” stories, as in “how the tiger got his stripes”; the Bible Fable attempts to explain why snakes have no limbs) would be of little interest to intelligent viewers. If I had been home and watching MSNBC, I would have turned the TV off or run a previiously recorded program. The very next day, Boston TV stations began reporting the NEWS, instead of speculating on the Irish guy’s chances of being selected by “the Holy Ghost”. Hey don’t you have to be alive, and THEN DIE to become a ghost?

  • beached

    Who cares who the Pope is? Like anything is going to change. These people are stuck with a 10th century attitude. So Fox Comedy News wins. Add the other networks in and they are a loser.

  • 1966

    well it’s apparent nobody cares about you beached go back to your flipping burgers at mcdonalds.

  • Craig Gonzalez

    Some of these people are just so clueless. FNC is not on the downfall like the lame stream media would like for you to think. In fact, FNC ratings have stayed the same if not grown over the last 5 years. People are sick of the Obama, Reid, Pelosi gushing media.

  • Craig Gonzalez

    Palm to Face and DryedMangoez,you guys are so clueless. What FNC does at 2 A.M. E Time 1 A.M. Central time with Red Eye CNN and MSDNC can’t do primetime. Americans truly enjoy Fair & Balanced and Fair & Communist I mean Liberal. LOL!!!

  • LMIC

    Fox did a great job

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