Fox News Channel was once again the top choice among viewers interested in the Republican National Convention.
The network averaged 7.7 million viewers during the 10 p.m. hour on Aug. 29 during the RNC's second night in Tampa. That was up 12% from the 6.88 million who watched FNC's first night of convention coverage. The cable news leader was the only network to score a viewership increase with RNC coverage, highlighted by speeches from presumptive GOP vice president Paul Ryan and former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.
NBC placed second again with 4.15 million (4.77 million on Tuesday), with ABC averaging 2.858 million (2.862 million) to finish ahead of CBS's 2.56 million (3.12 million). MSNBC was fifth with 1.44 million (1.473 million) ahead of sixth-place CNN's 1.34 million (1.468 million).
Among the news demo of adults 25 to 54, FNC also led the way with 2.07 million of those watchers, up 23% from 1.68 million in the 10 p.m. hour the night before. NBC, which was first with this group on Tuesday with 1.73 million, fell to second with 1.49 million. ABC averaged 993, 941 up from 920, 346 and good enough to again push past CBS into third. The Tiffany Network saw its news demo count in the 10 p.m. hour on Wednesday average 943,519, up from 938, 237 on Aug. 18. CNN was fifth in the demo with 451, 370 of those viewers, an improvement from 413, 467, while MCNBC retreated to 402, 044 from 411, 738.
Fox Business Network averaged 190,000 viewers in the 10 p.m. hour, with 49,000 viewers in the demo, topping CNBC -- 79,000 total viewers, 25,000 adults 25 to 54 - on both accounts.