CNN was the most-watched network during late night coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. With news breaking out of Australia, CNN/U.S. began a simulcast of CNN International at 11:26pmET, with anchor John Vause. 1.145 million viewers tuned in, a +35% jump in viewership.
Don Lemon picked up on CNN/U.S. just before midnight and Anderson Cooper began anchoring a few minutes after midnight and stayed on until 3am. Fox News began continuing coverage at Midnight, with Shepard Smith starting at 12:25am and continuing until 2am. Betty Nguyen began continuing coverage on MSNBC at 12:30am and continued through the early morning.
- Midnight, March 20 | Total Viewers / A25-54 Demo
CNN: 1.130M / 446,000
FNC: 1.062 / 357,000
MSNBC: 363,000 / 135,000
- 1amET, March 20 | Total Viewers / A25-54 Demo
CNN: 910,000 / 396,000
FNC: 886,000 / 302,000
MSNBC: 282,000 / 103,000
Earlier in the evening, Fox News was back on top in both total viewers and the demo for primetime shows between 7-11pmET.
- 7pm-11pm, March 19 | Total Viewers / A25-54 Demo
FNC: 2.002M / 383,000
CNN: 880,000 / 325,000
MSNBC: 802,000 / 196,000