Fox News viewers? Not so much.
CNN scored the largest cable news audience for last night’s second presidential debate: 11.23 million viewers. That’s up 13% compared with the first debate on September 26. CNN also dominated in the news demo last night, clocking 4.824M viewers aged 25-54, outstripping FNC and MSNBC combined.
MSNBC, meanwhile, celebrated its largest audience ever for a presidential debate – 5.55M viewers – and its fourth-best news-demo showing, 1.76M. MSNBC jumped 13% in total viewers compared to Debate 1; in the demo, the NBC-owned network climbed 11%.
Conversely, Fox News Channel skidded by 14% in overall audience, to 9.86M viewers, after dominating the 2+ cable news derby for Debate 1. In the news demo, FNC dropped 17%, to 2.93M viewers, though its No. 2 status in that metric was same as in Debate 1. Fox News Channel’s Sunday debate numbers were up compared to Debate 2 of 2008.