CNN edged Fox News among total viewers for election week, averaging 5.9 million to Fox’s 5.7 million and MSNBC’s 4.6 million, AP reports. The state of play: The election, which saw record voter turnout, had networks competing for viewers as states were called.
Fox viewers tuned out Joe Biden’s victory speech on Saturday night: CNN drew 13.5 million viewers, to MSNBC’s 9 million and Fox’s 3.1 million. On Election Day, Fox averaged 14.1 million viewers to CNN’s 9.4 million and MSNBC’s 7.6 million, according to Nielsen.
Cable channels were the preferred option for those following the election, as the broadcast networks lagged behind individually and cumulatively. Their Tuesday viewership was ABC, 6.3 million; NBC, 5.8 million; CBS, 4.5 million.