A zippy week in the White House race put Fox News Channel within shouting distance of NBA playoff-laden TNT in primetime last week, in overall audience. FNC clocked 2.3M primetime viewers to TNT’s 2.7M.
FNC not surprisingly won total day, in total viewers, with 1.2M watching, besting No. 2 ranked Nick (1.1M) an TNT (1M).
In cable news competition, CNN clocked 1M primetime viewers, which put it in 10th place among cable nets for the week, and 645K total day viewers, good for No. 11 ranking. MSNBC managed 923K primetime viewers (No. 13) and 516K in total day (No. 16). In the news demo, viewers 25-54, FNC (452K) dominated primetime, besting CNN (347K) and MSNBC (247K). In total day, FNC logged 234K, CNN copped 196K and MSNBC posted 133K.
Highlight of the week, Tuesday’s raucus Indiana primary night was Ted Cruz suspend his campaign after getting whomped by Donald Trump, while Bernie Sanders beat Dem fontrunner Hillary Clinton. FNC led primetime that night with 4.3M viewers and 1.1M news-demo viewers. CNN delivered 2.6M viewers, with 896K in the 25-54 year old age bracket. MSNBC clocked 1.6M viewers and 413K news demo viewers.
At 9 PM ET, during which presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump delivered his victory ramble, Fox News Channel peaked with 5.3M viewers, to become the most watched hour on cable last night. In the news demo, FNC logged 1.3M viewers at 9. CNN scored 3.3M overall, with 1.2M in the demo. And MSNBC averaged 1.8M viewers with 504K being of news-demo age.