The Fox New Channel’s live coverage of the terrorist attacks in Paris Friday night garnered the highest average of total viewers of the night. However, CNN earned the highest numbers among the key A25-54 demo, as well as its biggest total viewer number and total day averages since the Republican and Democratic debates.
According to Nielsen Research, FNC’s ratings peaked during the 8 p.m. ET hour with 4.9M total viewers. This occurred during anchor Shepard Smith‘s last hour on the air before fellow anchor Megyn Kelly took the reigns at 9 p.m. ET. The network averaged 3.8M total viewers from 4-11 p.m. ET, and 4.4M total viewers and 1.2 million in the key A25-54 demo during 8-11 p.m. ET. Overall, it was FNC’s highest primetime numbers since the Republican debate.
CNN came in second in total viewers with 2.5M from 4-11 p.m. ET, and 3.1M during the 8-11 p.m. ET primetime slot. However, the network managed to edge past FNC in the key A25-54 demo during both periods with 935K and 1.311M, respectively. By comparison, FNC earned 927K and 1.213M during the 4-11 p.m. ET overall and 8-11 p.m. ET primetime slots.
Meanwhile, MSNBC averaged 1.006M and 1.241M total viewers, and 258K and 353K viewers in the key A25-54 demo, during the 4-11 p.m. ET and 8-11 p.m. ET spots. Former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams did duty at the MSNBC desk for a time.
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