The numbers are in for cable news coverage of Friday’s closely watched manhunt in the Boston Marathon bombing, and it’s a split decision. Deadline.com reports that Fox News Channel pulled in more total viewers while CNN won the key news demo.
“Over half a million more viewers Friday night tuned to Fox News Channel over CNN as news broke that the manhunt for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing was over,” the story reports. “In the 7 p.m. ET hour, Fox News had 5.748 million viewers compared to CNN’s 5.195 million. However, the Jeff Zucker-run network bested the News Corp.-owned FNC in the key adults 25-54 demographic during the crucial hour Friday; CNN had 2.322 million in the demo to FNC’s 1.574 million. MSNBC was third in viewership and the demo with 1.429 million watching and 459,000 in 25-54.”
Viewership on Fox News peaked during the 8 p.m. hour with 7.645 million tuned in, to CNN’s 6.784 million.
“Over the night’s 8-11 p.m. prime time, FNC had 5.970 million viewers (1.926 million in the demo) to CNN’s 5.371 million (2.474 million in 25-54) and MSNBC’s 1.717 million (459,000 in demo),” the report adds.