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State of the Union Ratings: Fox News Tops in Total Viewers, CNN Wins in the Demo

The State of the Union ratings are in. Fox News was the most watched cable news network in Total Viewers, while CNN was most-watched in younger viewers.

Compared to the 2012 State of the Union address, CNN showed the most growth, up +36% in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo. MSNBC was up +8% in Total Viewers and +26% in the demo. This was the most-watched SOTU address in MSNBC’s 16-year history. Fox news was down -3% and -16%, respectively, vs. last year.

CNN may have gotten a boost from its non-stop coverage of the Christopher Dorner manhunt and shootout. Those numbers after the jump.

  • Address (9:15 – 10:15 p.m.):

FNC: 3,683,000 Total Viewers / 957,000 A25-54

CNN: 3,635,000 Total Viewers / 1,436,000 A25-54

MSNBC: 3,034,000 Total Viewers / 1,028,000 A25-54

  • Primetime (8:00 – 11:00 p.m.):

FNC: 3,822,000 Total Viewers / 868,000 A25-54

CNN: 3,361,000 Total Viewers / 1, 284,000 A25-54

MSNBC: 2,393,000 Total Viewers / 790,000 A25-54

  • Breaking News (6:00 – 9:15 p.m.)

FNC: 3,183,000 Total Viewers / 669,000 A25-54

CNN: 2,98,000 Total Viewers / 1,013,000 A25-54

MSNBC: 1,271,000 Total Viewers / 401,000 A25-54


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