Fox News Channel attracted the largest crowd among cable news networks on Thursday when former FBI Director James Comey testified under oath that President Donald Trump had pressured him to drop the FBI probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
And CNN scored by far the biggest cable news crowd in the news demo, with MSNBC coming in second and FNC third.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was the prettiest dress in the cable news primetime shop on Thursday.
FNC scored 3.096M total viewers during Comey testimony, from 10 AM to noon ET, just 47K ahead of CNN’s 3.049M; MSNBC logged 2.719M.
In the news demo, ages 25-54, CNN averaged 1.019M viewers, followed by MSNBC’s 630K viewers and FNC’s 600K.
Fox News also took Thursday primetime in total viewers, with 3.181M viewers. MSNBC finished No. 2 in prime, with an average of 2.757M viewers; CNN followed with 1.705M.
MSNBC won the daypart in the demo with 757K viewers aged 25-54; FNC followed at 667K, and CNN logged 601K.
The Rachel Maddow Show topped all cable news programs in the demo, 980K viewers in the age bracket. Her overall audience was 3.349M viewers, which is the largest for any primetime cable news host that night.
On Fox News Channel, Sean Hannity hosted a special live two-hour edition of Hannity from 10 PM to midnight. It averaged 2.9 million viewers; in his usual 10-11 PM berth, Hannity had averaged 3.351M viewers.