GOP Convention Delivers Huge Ratings

Jul 22, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Numbers are in for Thursday’s final night of the Republican National Convention, and the numbers are, as Donald Trump might say, “yuuuge!’

CNN was clucking about a number of achievements, including beating the prime-time coverage on all of the broadcast networks for the first time ever on the final night of the GOP convention, surging over the cable net’s 2012 numbers and narrowing the demo gap with Fox. But overall, Fox still had a sizable advantage.

The climactic 10 p.m. hour on Thursday breaks down like this:

10 p.m. hour Thursday, July 21, 2016

Total Viewers

Fox News — 9.354 million

CNN — 5.477 million

NBC — 4.587 million

ABC — 3.867 million

CBS — 3.809 million

MSNBC — 2.954 million

Adults 25-54

Fox News — 2.483 million

CNN — 1.901 million

NBC — 1.766 million

ABC — 1.434 million

CBS  — 1.208 million

MSNBC — 927,000

“Compared to the final night of the RNC in 2012, CNN is up by a dramatic +161% in total viewers (4.323m vs. 1.658m in 2012) and is also up an impressive +137% among adults 25-54 (1.375m vs. 581k in 2012) during primetime,” CNN noted in its announcement. “CNN has narrowed the gap with Fox in the demo 25-54 compared to four years ago. In 2012, CNN averaged 581k to Fox News’ 1.627m on the final night; this year, CNN averaged 1.375m to Fox’s 1.728m on the final night in primetime.”

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