CNN Highest Ratings Ever During Election Night

CNN had the most watched Election Night in cable news history last night with a record 13.25 million viewers tuning in to coverage of Donald Trump’s upset of Hillary Clinton  according to Nielsen Fast National data (8-11p).  Fox News followed with 12.112 million and MSNBC was far behind with 5.945 million.  

CNN even beat all four major broadcast networks – ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox — on Election Night.

Among adults 25-54, CNN was also #1 with 6.655 million, Fox News placed second with 4.638 million and MSNBC was third with 2.368 million. Among millennials (18-34), CNN tops Fox News and MSNBC combined with 3.264 million, Fox had 1.698 million and MSNBC registered 997k.

In Total Day for Election Day  (3a-3a) CNN was also #1 in the key demo with 2.423 million, Fox News followed with 2.029 million and MSNBC had 1.014 million. This represents the best day ever for CNN in both total viewers (5.097m) and in the demo 25-54.

CNN was way up this year compared to past Election Nights in prime time. In 2012, CNN had 9.252 million total viewers (4.572 million among adults 25-54 and 2.718 million in 18-34).  In 2008, CNN averaged 12.293 million (5.818 million among 25-54 and 3.375 million in 18-34).  In 2004, CNN attracted 6.196 million total viewers (2.879 million among adults 25-54 and 1.481 million in 18-34).  In 2000, CNN had 5.817 million (3.246 million among 25-54 and 1.378 million in 18-34).


P2+ means total viewers.