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White House Correspondents’ Dinner Ratings

ObamaSebeliusCNN cleaned up in the ratings Saturday night during the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, but viewership was down on the network from the same night last year. CNN won the hours of 10pm and 11pm in both total viewers and the younger demo. The network, which provided more than three hours of live coverage beginning at 8pmET anchored by Don Lemon, also won from 7-10pmET in the demo. MSNBC began coverage at 9pmET anchored by Craig Melvin. Fox News stuck with regular programming at 8pm and 9pm and ran a special on the Benghazi investigation at 10pmET. President Obama began his remarks at 10:20pm and Joel McHale followed around 10:40.

9pmET | A25-54 Demo / Total Viewers
CNN: 197,000 / 752,000
FNC: 137,000 / 1.314M
MSNBC: 152,000 / 444,000

10pmET | A25-54 Demo / Total Viewers
CNN: 336,000 / 1.088M
FNC: 87,000 / 922,000
MSNBC: 261,000 / 846,000

11pmET | A25-54 Demo / Total Viewers
CNN: 183,000 / 618,000
FNC: 96,000 / 469,000
MSNBC: 173,000 / 453,000

Compared to last year’s event, at 9pmET, CNN was up in the demo, but down in total viewers. At 10pm, CNN was down in both the demo and in total viewers. As for MSNBC, the network improved over last year in both the demo and total viewers at both 9 and 10pmET. Fox, which carried the president’s remarks last year, was down in the 10pm hour, in both the demo and total viewers. C-SPAN also carried coverage Saturday, but the network is not publicly rated.

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