Marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK, CNN‘s The Sixties: The Assassination Of President Kennedy was No. 1 in cable news last night from 9-11 PM, averaging 508,000 viewers in the news demo. That edged out Fox News Channel’s 487,000 viewers in the block of time, and MSNBC’s 181,000.CNN, in its news about the ratings, noted the film outperformed its recent and widely viewed Blackfish in the news demo (472,000), early stats indicate. (While the JFK special won the 9-11 PM block, FNC’s The Kelly File maintained its lead in the 9 PM hour with 553,000 demo viewers, edging out The Sixties’ 491,00 demo viewers in that hour.)

Fox News continued its lead among overall viewers, with 2.51 million, compared with CNN’s 1.321 million. MSNBC trailed with 730,000 viewers.

CNN noted The Sixties: The Assassination Of President Kennedy — executive produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (of Playtone) and Mark Herzog (of Herzog & Company) —  clocked a bigger crowd in the 18-34 demo too during the special’s run. Though not the demo off of which cable news networks typically sell advertising, it is interesting to see interest in the JFK assassination project among viewers not born when the event happened. In that age bracket, 108,000 viewers tuned to CNN, while 61,000 watched Fox News and a mere 14,000 watched MSNBC. MORE TO COME