The devastating tornado that swept through a Oklahoma City suburb quickly drew national attention, as cable news ratings from yesterday clearly show. You can see the full numbers here, but below are some notable mentions.
The tornado was picked up on cable news during the 4 PM hour, with the severity of the storm becoming apparent during the 5 PM hour.
FNC: 1.691M total viewers, 186,000 A25-54 at 4 PM, 2.398M viewers, 364,000 A25-54 at 5 PM
CNN: 645,000 total viewers, 167,000 A25-54 at 4 PM, 1.022M viewers, 321,000 A25-54 at 5 PM
The Weather Channel: 925,000 total viewers, 302,000 A25-54 at 4 PM, 1.273M viewers, 464,000 A25-54 at 5 PM
MSNBC: 433,000 total viewers, 81,000 A25-54 at 4 PM, 709,000 viewers, 135,000 A25-54 at 5 PM
In primetime (8-11PM), with special schedules, the numbers were even higher, as people who came home from work tuned in to see what happened: