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Midterm Ratings: Fox News Doubles Primetime Viewership from 2006, MSNBC, CNN Both Down

The first bits of ratings data are beginning to trickle in from yesterday, and it is looking great for Fox News Channel.

Here is what the cable networks drew on average From 8-11 PM ET:

  • FNC: 6.957 million total viewers, 2.43 million A25-54
  • CNN: 2.423 million total viewers, 1.03 million A25-54
  • MSNBC: 1.945 million total viewers, 669,000 A25-54

Compared to the 2006 midterm elections, Fox News more than doubled its total viewership, while CNN was down significantly and MSNBC was down slightly.

Not surprisingly, the numbers for all three networks are down significantly from election night 2008.

Update: Numbers from 7 PM-1 AM and 7 PM- 3 AM are after the jump.

7PM ET-1 AM ET

FNC:  6.078 million total viewers,  2.184 million A25-54

CNN: 2.081 million total viewers, 917,000 A25-54

MSNBC: 1.698 million total viewers, 638,000 A25-54

7 PM ET-3 AM ET

FNC: 5.051 million total viewers, 1.860 million A25-54

CNN: 1.745 million total viewers,  778,000 A25-54

MSNBC: 1.495 million total viewers, 584,000 A25-54

Early indications show that FNC may have a clean sweep, even beating the broadcast network election coverage. That said, the final numbers for the broadcast networks will not be available until tomorrow morning, and they could be very different than the preliminary ratings.

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