CNN’s New Year’s Eve Coverage Outstrips MSNBC, Fox News Channel


CNN’s New Years Eve Special, in which Anderson Cooper tequila shots on the hour and Andy Cohen melted down when de-umbrella-d by Times Square security, thumped Fox News Channel and MSNBC.

Cohen’s second year co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper clocked 1.82M viewers from 8 PM until 12:30 AM. FNC averaged 1.383M; MSNBC logged 1.075M at that time.

In the news demo, CNN was tops with 786K viewers aged 25-54, topping the combined FNC (262K) and MSNBC (154K).

In the immediate walk up and aftermath of the  Times Square crystal-ball drop, from 11-12:30 AM ET, CNN topped cable news networks with 2.797M viewers (1.197M in the news demo), to FNC’s 1.840M viewers (358K in news demo). MSNBC averaged 691K viewers ­(113K in news demo).

CNN’s audience in that 90-minute period marked the only one with a median age within that target demo. Median age of CNN’s audience: 52 years. Median age of FNC’s: 64 years. MSNBC audience had a median age of 68 years.

Cohen and Cooper handled CNN’s coverage for the duration. On Fox News Channel, Griff Jenkins and  Fox Nation’s Carley Shimkus co-hosted coverage from 8-10 PM, after which Fox Business Network’s “Kennedy” Montgomery and Pete Hesgeth co-hosted from 10 PM until 1 AM. MSNBC telecast The Year’s 10 Most… in which Brian Williams and Nicolle Wallace counted down the most compelling/unbelievable news stories of the year, at 11 PM.

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