Fox News Edges CNN in Pope Coverage


Nearly 2.2 million Americans woke up early last Friday morning to watch the funeral proceedings for Pope John Paul II from St. Peter’s in Rome on the top three cable news networks.

During the funeral ceremony from 4 a.m.-7 a.m. (EST), Fox News Channel averaged 945,000 viewers two-plus, edging out Cable News Network’s 926,000. MSNBC pulled in 310,000 watchers on average during that time frame, according to Nielsen Media Research data.

Among adults 25-54, Fox News delivered 372,000 of those viewers on average, compared with 329,000 for CNN and 80,000 for MSNBC.

From 3 a.m.-10 a.m. Friday, April 8, an average of 1 million viewers watched the papal funeral and attendant commentary on Fox News, versus 872,000 for CNN and 294,000 for MSNBC.

With the aforementioned demo in that span, Fox News pulled 390,000 of those viewers, topping the combined total of 389,000 for CNN (308,000) and MSNBC, according to Nielsen data.