For News Networks, 2014 Midterm Down From 2010

Fox News Beats Broadcast and Cable For Its Election Coverage

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All three cable news networks saw viewership of midterm election coverage down on Tuesday night compared to 2010.

During primetime coverage of the races, Fox News was No. 1, averaging 6.3 million total viewers and 1.7 million in the 25-54 demo. Despite the overall win, the network's viewership was down 10% among total viewers and 29% with the 25-54 demographic, according to Nielsen.

Fox News also beat all of the broadcast networks in the 10 p.m. hour, when NBC, CBS and ABC aired election coverage, marking the first time Fox News beat the broadcasters in the 25-to-54 demo in its 18-year history.

CBS was down 10%, NBC dropped 45% and ABC fell 47% from its coverage in 2010.

Despite John King's magic wall and lighting up the Empire State Building red as Republicans took over Congress, CNN saw its total viewership decline 13% to 2.1 million. In the 25-to-54 demo the channel pulled 909,000 viewers, slipping 12%.

CNN remained dark on Dish Network on Tuesday night amid a carriage dispute between the satellite operator and CNN's parent Turner Broadcasting. The channel, along with sibling HLN, Cartoon Network, and TruTV, were pulled from Dish on Oct. 21. The network said the disruption affected 13% of its primetime audience.

MSNBC finished the night in third among cable networks during prime time, with its total audience decreasing 15% to 1.7 million viewers, and down 22% among adults 25-to-54.

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