Ann Romney and Chris Christie gave the speeches but Fox News Channel was the bigger winner at Republican National Convention on Tuesday night. Not only did the News Corp-owned channel beat its cable news rivals during the evening but it beat the main networks as well. In fact, from 10:45 – 11 PM, as New Jersey Governor Christie was giving the convention’s keynote address to the delegates in Tampa, Fox News pulled way ahead of everyone and peaked with 7.2 million viewers. In that surge, there were 1.8 million in the 25-54 demo. Overall, during the only hour of primetime that ABC, NBC and CBS gave to the RNC last night, Fox News also came out on top in terms of total viewers.
FNC had 6.8 million total viewers and 1.67 million in the demo in the 10 – 11 PM time slot. NBC had 4.7 million total viewers with 1.72 in the demo. CBS had 3.11 million total viewers and 938,237 in the 25-54 demo. ABC had 2.86 million total viewers and 920,346 in the demo. In the cable news world, CNN had 1.47 million total viewers in the 10 – 11 PM slot, with 413,467 in the 25-54 demo. MSNBC came up the end with 1.46 million total viewers and 411,738 viewers in the demo. Over the evening, from 8 – 11 PM, Fox News had 5.15 million total viewers compared to CNN’s 1.2 million and MSNBC’s 1.31 million. FNC had 1, 174,242 in the adult 25-54 demo to CNN’s 368,811 and MSNBC’s 337,562.