Fox News Doubles MSNBC, CNN Viewer Rolls with Tuesday Night Primary Coverage


Mitt Romney tightened his grip on the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night with primary victories in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C. as Fox News Channel easily tallied the most Nielsen votes among the cable news networks.
Fox News Channel more than doubled the audience and news demo averages of CNN and MSNBC during primetime on April 3 and over the course of coverage from 7 p.m. to midnight, winning every hour in that fashion.
During primetime, Fox News Channel scored with 2.52 million viewers, including 567,000 adults 25 to 54, according to Nielsen data. That compares with 910,000 watchers and 269,000 in the demo for MSNBC and 623,000 and 213,000, respectively, for CNN.
A more detailed Nielsen scorecard shows that Fox averaged 1.98 million watchers and 458,000 adults 25 to 54 in the 7 p.m. hour; 3.07 million and 594,000 in the 8 p.m. hour; 2.25 million and 513,000 in the 9 p.m. hour; 2.22 million and 594,000 in the 10 p.m.; and 1.39 million and 472,000 from 11 p.m. to midnight.
MSNBC and CNN's best audience deliveries also came during the 8 p.m. hour. For its part, MSNBC notched 982,000 watchers. CNN, meanwhile, averaged 642,000 viewers during that period.
On the demo watch, MSNBC had 280,000 adults 25 to 43 in the 9 p.m. hour, while CNN's best tally with the news demo on Tuesday night came between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., when it averaged 230,000 of those watchers, according to Nielsen data.