CNN was the most-watched network covering the Democratic National Convention Monday night, as the cable channel averaged 6.29 million viewers from 10-11:30 p.m. ET, when the main speeches were delivered and all the networks were competing.
“It was the first time the network has beaten everyone — cable and broadcast networks alike — during a night of convention coverage, according to the Nielsen company,” the AP reports.
“Democrats can claim the first night of their convention was more popular among viewers than the first night of the Republicans last week, by a significant margin,” the report adds. “Between the three commercial broadcasters, PBS and cable news outlets CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC, a total of 28.55 million people watched. Last Monday for the same seven networks covering the GOP, it was 24.28 million.”
The report also notes that MSNBC’s coverage, anchored by Brian Williams, topped the NBC News broadcast, anchored by Williams’ replacement on the broadcast network, Lester Holt.
“The 4.64 million who watched MSNBC on Monday was more than double the audience it had received last Monday with the Republicans,” the AP notes. “Similarly, CNN was up from the 3.94 million who watched the Republicans last Monday.”
Fox News, with its primarily Republican audience, averaged 3.33 million viewers for the first night of the DNC. The other numbers show NBC with 4.29 million viewers on Monday; ABC with 4.11 million; CBS with 3.21 million; and PBS with 2.68 million, according to Nielsen data.