Nov 11, 2020 - Politics & Policy

CNN won election week in America

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CNN edged Fox News among total viewers for election week, averaging 5.9 million to Fox's 5.7 million and MSNBC's 4.6 million, AP reports.

The state of play: The election, which saw record voter turnout, had networks competing for viewers as states were called.

  • Fox viewers tuned out Joe Biden's victory speech on Saturday night: CNN drew 13.5 million viewers, to MSNBC's 9 million and Fox's 3.1 million.
  • On Election Day, Fox averaged 14.1 million viewers to CNN's 9.4 million and MSNBC's 7.6 million, according to Nielsen.

By the numbers: Cable news outdrew the broadcast networks for election coverage. Last Tuesday's viewership was:

  • ABC: 6.3 million
  • NBC: 5.8 million
  • CBS: 4.5 million.

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