Ratings: CNN Tops All of TV in Capitol Riots Coverage

MSNBC was No. 2 on Wednesday


More TV viewers got their news about yesterday’s U.S. Capitol Building chaos via CNN than on any other TV channel. Yes, that includes broadcast television as well as cable — and it holds true for any day part.

From 8 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, CNN averaged 8.203 million total primetime viewers to MSNBC’s 7.382 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. Fox News finished in third place among the cable news networks — but not third overall, more on that in a bit — with an average of 4.577 million total viewers across those three hours.

In “total day” ratings, which examines the 24-hour period beginning at 3 a.m. on Wednesday and concluded at 3 a.m. this morning, CNN averaged 5.040 million total viewers to MSNBC’s 3.873 million total viewers and Fox News Channel’s 2.860 million total viewers.

The 1. CNN, 2. MSNBC, 3. Fox News order among the cable news channels maintained in the key news demographic of adults 25-54.

On broadcast, NBC News coverage averaged 5.774 million total viewers throughout its three-hour primetime coverage of the sad day in our nation’s history. ABC News’ efforts averaged 4.882 million total viewers.

Meanwhile, CBS aired sitcom repeats in the 8 o’clock hour before going to live news coverage from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. The two hours’ worth of Capitol coverage averaged just 2.571 million total viewers, putting CBS in last place among the main telecasts.

In primetime last night, Fox’s broadcast channel stuck with its lineup of “The Masked Dancer” and the series premiere of its “Name That Tune” reboot, leaving the politics to Fox News. Find all of broadcast television’s primetime ratings for Wednesday night here.

All of that means the primetime order last night (among the channels covering the riot) was: 1. CNN, 2. MSNBC, 3. NBC, 4. ABC, 5. Fox News, 6. CBS.

It gets cloudier to compare broadcast’s daytime coverage with cable news’, but it is safe to say CNN beat everyone that way too.

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