Fox News beats ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN in ratings for RNC day two

Jeff Poor | Media Reporter

TAMPA, Fla. — For the second consecutive day, the Fox News Channel on Wednesday beat the broadcast networks in prime time and its cable competition in overall coverage of this year’s Republican National Convention, replicating its Tuesday night success.

The cable news channel is on the verge of winning the ratings for another Republican convention after its 2004 and 2008 successes.

For the primetime portion from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., Fox News led in overall ratings and the key 25-54 demo against its cable and broadcast competitors.

10-11PM Coverage

FNC: 7,702,578 viewers (2,067,483 in 25-54)

NBC: 4,149,000 viewers (1,492,694 in 25-54)

ABC: 2,858,000 viewers (993,941 in 25-54)

CBS: 2,559,000 viewers (943,519 in 25-54)

MSNBC: 1,440,882 viewers (402,044 in 25-54)

CNN: 1,340,129 viewers (451,370 in 25-54)

*Note: NBC went from 10-11:05PM and ABC and CBS went from 10-11:07PM

**Compared to Day One, FNC is up 12% in P2+ and up 23% in 25-54

Against its cable competitors, it led the way, with CNN and MSNBC having just a fraction of the overall share.

8-11PM Primetime Coverage

FNC: 5,846,142 viewers (1,421,945 in 25-54)

MSNBC: 1,298,936 viewers (366,743 in 25-54)

CNN: 1,115,395 viewers (341,758 in 25-54)

Another key metric showed Fox News with a peak audience outpacing its cable competition, both in overall audience and in the 25-54 age demographic.


*FNC peaked at 10:45-11PM ET with 8.2 million viewers and 2.3 million in Adults 25-54

*MSNBC peaked from 11-11:15PM ET with 1.7 million viewers and 544,000 in Adults 25-54.

*CNN peaked from 10:30-10:45PM ET with 1.4 million viewers and 496,000 in Adults 25-54

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