Fox News Tops CNN’s Debate Ratings


Despite CNN’s coverage of a debate featuring the Republican presidential candidates Tuesday night, Fox News Channel topped the rival all-news network in viewers in primetime.

Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor averaged 2.29 million viewers during the 8 p.m. hour, topping CNN’s coverage of the debate that hour, which drew 2.1 million viewers.

At 9 p.m., an appearance by presidential hopeful and former actor and senator Fred Thompson also topped CNN’s numbers for that hour. Fox News averaged 1.63 million viewers during the 9 p.m. hour, topping the 1.2 million viewers CNN anchor Anderson Cooper drew for his Raw Politics analysis program for the debate.