Fox News First, CNN Last in Election Night Ratings

Nov 5, 2009  •  Post A Comment

CNN’s election night coverage finished fourth among cable news networks in its key Adults 25-54 demographic, the Huffington Post reports.

The network averaged 826,000 total viewers in primetime and 227,000 in the demographic. Top-rated Fox News booked an average of 4.04 million total viewers and 1.13 million in the demo.

MSNBC placed second in total viewers (an average 974,000 viewers) and HLN third (842,000.) In the demo, HLN, which didn’t have election programming, took second and MSNBC was third.

–Elizabeth Jensen



  1. It looks like it’s time for CNN to turn out the lights. If they can’t beat the other cable new networks on an election night, they are completely irrelevant. This is very telling.

  2. And they can’t even beat HLN, their sister network, which stopped doing actual news at night and fills up their primetime hours w/Nancy Grace and Joy Behar. That’s just sad.
    Wonder how they fared against the Weather Channel? 🙂

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