Ratings: CNN Tops All of TV in Capitol Riots Coverage

MSNBC was No. 2 on Wednesday


More TV viewers got their news about the U.S. Capitol Building chaos via CNN than on any other TV channel on Wednesday. Yes, that includes broadcast television as well as cable — and it holds true for any day part.

CNN averaged 8.203 million primetime viewers to MSNBC’s 7.382 million, according to Nielsen. Fox News finished in third place among the cable news networks — but not overall, more on that in a bit — with 4.577 million total viewers.

In “total day” ratings, which examines the 24-hour period beginning at 3 a.m. on Wednesday and concluded at 3 a.m. this morning, CNN averaged 5.040 million total viewers to MSNBC’s 3.873 million and Fox News Channel’s 2.860 million.

The 1. CNN, 2. MSNBC, 3. Fox News order among the cable news channels maintained in the key news demographic of adults 25-54.

On broadcast, NBC News coverage averaged 5.774 million total viewers throughout its three-hour primetime coverage of the sad day in our nation’s history. ABC News’ efforts averaged 4.882 million total viewers.

Meanwhile, CBS aired sitcom repeats in the 8 o’clock hour before going to live news coverage from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. The two hours’ worth of Capitol coverage averaged just 2.571 million total viewers, putting CBS in last place among the main telecasts.

In primetime last night, Fox’s broadcast channel stuck with its lineup of “The Masked Dancer” and the series premiere of its “Name That Tune” reboot, leaving the politics to Fox News.

All of that means the primetime order last night was: 1. CNN, 2. MSNBC, 3. NBC, 4. ABC, 5. Fox News, 6. CBS.

It gets cloudier to compare broadcast’s daytime coverage with cable news’, but it is safe to say CNN beat everyone that way too.

Find all of broadcast television’s primetime ratings for Wednesday night here.

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