CNN was the top cable news channel Thursday night, with viewership getting a bump from coverage of the Democratic presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
“In total viewers, CNN averaged 5.396 million and the local NYC cable television news channel NY1 had 171k,” CNN announced. “Among adults 25-54, CNN registered 1.709 million and NY1 had 89k.”
The announcement adds: “A combined 5.567 million total viewers watched the CNN/NY1 Democratic Debate last night according to Nielsen Fast National data. Among adults 25-54, 1.798 million watched. This debate ranks #7 among Democratic debates this cycle in total viewers and demo 25-54.”
CNN reportedly averaged 4.145 million total viewers in prime time, 8-11 p.m., topping Fox News’ 2.396 million by 73%; MSNBC averaged 748,000. In the key news demo of adults 25-54, CNN had 1.289 million, Fox News had 409,000 and MSNBC had 211,000.
The debate, held in Brooklyn, was moderated by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, with CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash and NY1 host and CNN commentator Errol Louis among the questioners.