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FNC Election Ratings Beat CNN And MSNBC Combined; Ailes Congratulates On “Job Well Done”

Cable news ratings, November 2, 2010:

• Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC combined during prime time for Election Night coverage, in total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. It was the network’s best prime time ratings since the Presidential Election two years ago. CNN finished a clear #2, while MSNBC was #3. Mediaite obtained an internal memo sent from Roger Ailes congratulating FNC and the rest of the Fox team.


Here’s the memo from Ailes:

To all employees of Fox News,

First, congratulations to the Fox News Channel for a job well done last night. At our high point we averaged 7 million viewers and had a flawless professional performance. In addition, I’d like to congratulate the Fox Business Network, Fox News Digital and Fox News radio for an excellent performance. We don’t have additional numbers for those entities yet, but the reach of our news continues to expand. Everyone did a first rate job and I’m proud of you all.

CNN had 2.4 million viewers and MSNBC had 1.9 million.

Thank you all,
Roger Ailes

FNC also had the top show on all of cable in total viewers at 9pmET, and the top cable show in the demo during the 10pmET hour.

Here’s the full scoreboard:

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm Beck

665

Blitzer

260

Matthews

194

Showbiz

67

6 pm Baier

834

Blitzer

307

Election

318

Prime

68

7 pm Shep

1370

Election

534

Election

524

Issues

117

8 pm Election

2205

Election

904

Election

650

Grace

182

9 pm Election

2480

Election

1037

Election

677

Behar

106

10 pm Election

2607

Election

1149

Election

680

Grace

119

11 pm Election

2446

Election

1059

Election

683

Showbiz

109

TOTAL DAY 984 388 299 110
PRIME TIME 2439 1030 669 133
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.
TV NEWS RATINGS: TOTAL VIEWERS (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm Beck

2824

Blitzer

959

Matthews

756

Showbiz

198

6 pm Baier

3360

Blitzer

932

Election

983

Prime

202

7 pm Shep

4525

Election

1321

Election

1297

Issues

263

8 pm Election

6770

Election

2202

Election

1805

Grace

595

9 pm Election

7167

Election

2476

Election

1991

Behar

382

10 pm Election

6935

Election

2592

Election

2040

Grace

382

11 pm Election

6237

Election

2280

Election

1635

Showbiz

297

TOTAL DAY 3107 1000 851 275
PRIME TIME 6975 2424 1957 443
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

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