News Network Ratings Leap As Autopsy Report Triggers More Violence In Ferguson

Covering the outrage and violence in Ferguson, MO in the wake of Michael Brown’s death has boosted cable news network numbers.

Fox News Channel continued to control primetime in overall audience Monday, with its numbers boosted to 2.136 million viewers – up 16% compared to same day last year’s 1.834 million. CNN logged less than half that crowd, though its 1.027 million primetime viewers was a 123% jump from same day last year’s anemic 460,000 viewers. MSNBC’s 854,000 primetime viewers may not be competitive but, nonetheless represents a 62% climb from same day last year’s 527,000.

CNN led the night among news-demo viewers, besting FNC with 423,000 viewers aged 25-54, and 405,000, respectively. But while FNC’s news-demo tally represents a 37% increase, CNN’s is a whopping 292% better than same night last year’s puny 108,000. MSNBC logged 194,000 news demo viewers, which is a 38% pump-up from last year same night’s 141,000.

Primetime coverage included more arrests and tear gassing hours after Dr. Michael Baden, a former New York City chief medical examiner, released results of the autopsy he performed on Brown, who was fatally shot by white police officer Darren Wilson. That autopsy revealed Brown had been shot at least six times, including two shots to the head — one of which was a fatal injury. Baden said the bullet that entered near the top of Brown’s skull likely was the last of the bullets to hit Brown, 18, whose death has triggered a week of protests in the St. Louis suburb.

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