CNN topped the cable news competition in the 11 p.m. hour when the first Chilean miner was dramatically pulled to the surface after more than two months trapped in a collapsed mine.
CNN narrowly beat Fox News Channel for the hour averaging 3.9 million total viewers compared to the perennial category leader's 3.4 million. MSNBC averaged 1.0 million total viewers for the 11 p.m. hour. CNN also led among news' target demographic of 25-54-year-olds with 1.4 million to Fox News's 1 million and MSNBC's 279,000.
The rescue of 33 Chilean miners trapped more than two miles underground for 70 days has dominated cable news coverage since Tuesday (Oct. 12) evening, when rescue operations began.
Fox News still ranked first in primetime, averaging 3.2 million viewers from 8-11 p.m. compared to CNN's 1.9 million. MSNBC averaged 1.0 million viewers in primetime. Fox News and MSNBC stuck with their lineups of primetime hosts while providing live updates from the Chile. CNN preempted Parker/Spitzer at 8 p.m. with Anderson Cooper anchoring special coverage from Chile. The network stuck with Larry King Live at 9 p.m. with updates from Chile and returned to Cooper at 10 p.m.
For its part, Telemundo at 10:20 p.m. (ET) on Oct. 12 interrupted its regularly-scheduled programming to provide live coverage of the rescue and provided more than 14 hours of uninterrupted coverage, Telemundo said it was the only Spanish-Language network in the U.S. to have broadcast full-screen minute by minute development of the story.
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