Fox News Tabulates Viewers With Saddleback Forum


When it came to the Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency Saturday night, more viewers watched the event on Fox News Channel than its cable news competitors.

For the two-hour event in which Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) and his Republican opponent Sen. John McCain discussed spiritual views at the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., Fox News Channel drew an average of 2.78 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research data. That was slightly less than the combined total of 2.79 million for CNN (1.92 million) and MSNBC (871,000).

Among the news demo, Fox News averaged 678,000 adult 25-to-54 viewers, compared with 556,000 of those watchers for CNN and 395,000 for MSNBC.