Fox News Channel edges out CNN in cable ratings for State of the Union Fox News Channel edges out CNN in cable ratings for State of the Union


U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol. (Joshua Roberts – BLOOMBERG)
Fox News Channel was the cable news network of choice for State of the Union Address viewing Tuesday night, averaging 3.7 million viewers.

FNC was closely followed by CNN with 3.6 million; MSNBC logged 3 million.

But early stats suggest the biggest crowds gathered around the broadcast networks to view President Obama’s annual address.

CNN was the cable leader among 25-54 year old viewers who are the currency of news programming ad sales, with 1 million viewers falling into that age bracket. FNC logged 670,000 and MSNBC 401,000.

Numbers for broadcast networks will be out later today — early stats suggest ABC snagged about 5 million viewers, NBC 6 million and CBS more than 6 million — but early Nielsen numbers for broadcast networks are timeslot ratings — not program ratings — which becomes problematic when you’re talking about a speech that aired live across the country. That CBS average, for instance, includes ratings for the “NCIS:LA” and “Person of Interest” reruns that ran in prime time on the west coast Tuesday night.

More to come….

Source : washingtonpost[dot]com

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