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CNN Tops Cable News In Demo With Friday’s Boston Coverage

CNN may have made headlines for some of their mistakes during coverage of the attack in Boston and its aftermath, but the network’s coverage on Friday — when the manhunt for suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took place — earned it the highest cable news ratings in the demo.

The network averaged 2.47 million viewers in primetime and 1.34 million viewers in total day in the 25-54 demo (Fox won in total viewers). By comparison, in the demo, Fox News averaged 1.93 million viewers in primetime and 953k in total day and MSNBC had 618k and 387k respectively.

CNN was also the top-rated network among the 18-34 demo, coming in second when among all the networks (NBC was first).

As an aside, both Fox News and CNN saw their ratings peak during the 8 p.m. hour (in MSNBC’s case, it was 9 p.m.).

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