In a competitive night for cable news, as coverage of the midterm elections dominated the Tuesday cable ratings, CNN came out on top in the adults 18-49 demo.

The network’s “Election Night in America” special took all of the top 3 spots of the night with 2.0, 1.9, and 1.6 ratings from 8-10 p.m. Fox News’ “America’s Election HQ” did, however, score the most total viewers of the night with a peak 8.07 million at 9 p.m.

Elsewhere, ESPN’s coverage of the Duke vs. Kentucky college basketball game was the night’s highest-rated, non-sports broadcast with a 1.2 in the 18-49 demo and 2.85 million viewers. Meanwhile, USA’s “WWE Smackdown” was steady with another 0.7. Bravo’s “Below Deck” continued its recent 0.5 streak as well.

FX’s “Mayans M.C.” (0.5) and USA’s “The Purge” (0.4) also closed out their first seasons in steady fashion, and maintained the same ratings as their previous episodes.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 9:00 PM 5,410 2.0
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 10:00 PM 5,064 1.9
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 8:00 PM 4,737 1.6
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 7,912 1.4
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 8,071 1.4
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 11:00 PM 3,702 1.3
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – DUKE/KENTUCKY ESPN 9:58 PM 2,849 1.2
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 7,370 1.2
CFP RANKINGS SHOW L ESPN 9:26 PM 2,892 1.2
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 7:00 PM 3,420 1.1
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOX NEWS 11:00 PM 6,048 1.0
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOX NEWS 7:00 PM 5,621 0.9
MSNBC ELECTION COVERAGE: 2018 MIDTERMS MSNBC 8:00 PM 4,657 0.8
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – MICHIGAN STATE/KANSAS ESPN 7:00 PM 1,996 0.8
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 12:00 AM 2,253 0.8
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 6:00 PM 2,563 0.7
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 8:00 PM 2,088 0.7
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOX NEWS 12:00 AM 3,762 0.6
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOX NEWS 6:00 PM 4,059 0.5
BELOW DECK BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,318 0.5
MAYANS M.C. FX 10:00 PM 1,306 0.5
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 1:00 AM 1,530 0.5
MSNBC ELECTION COVERAGE: 2018 MIDTERMS MSNBC 6:00 PM 3,016 0.5
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 5:00 PM 1,995 0.5
MSNBC ELECTION COVERAGE: 2018 MIDTERMS MSNBC 12:00 AM 2,531 0.4

Source: The Nielsen Company

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys, rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

blog comments powered by Disqus