When President Obama addressed the nation in primetime last night, more viewers tuned in to Fox News Channel for coverage than any other cable news network. During the address — which began shortly after 9 PM ET and ran about 15 minutes — FNC delivered 4.45 million viewers — 994,000 news demo viewers — for the the quarter-hour, beating CNN and MSNBC combined in total viewers. In the 9 PM hour, FNC’s Megyn Kelly-hosted coverage clocked 4.5 million total viewers and 1.04 million demo viewers, marking an all-time high for The Kelly File. FNC also beat CNN and MSNBC combined in primetime in both total viewers and among 25-54 year olds. Compared with the address on Syria exactly one year ago, FNC is the only cable news network up in both metrics.
In the same quarter-hour (CNN’s stats are for 9:02-9:16 PM), CNN clocked 1.83 million viewers; 633,000 in the news demo. MSNBC beat CNN in total viewers (1.89 million viewers) but not in the news demo (361,000).
For the full 9 PM hour, CNN’s Anderson Cooper averaged 1.59 million viewers, with 567,000 in the demo. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow beat him, logging 1.68 million viewers, but she trailed in the news demo (352,000).