Fox News Channel stays ahead of competish
NEW YORK — Viewers flocked to the cable news nets Friday to watch former president Ronald Reagan’s bicoastal memorial services and burial.According to Nielsen Media Research, Fox News Channel stayed ahead of the competish, delivering 2.8 million viewers between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. ET, when the daytime services were held in Washington, D.C., and 4.7 million viewers between 7:30-11 p.m., when the nighttime service and interment was held in Simi Valley, Calif. Daytime viewership at Fox was up 337% compared with the same time period the previous week, and up 266% on Friday eve. Delivering 1.5 million viewers during the specified daytime period and 3.1 million viewers Friday night, CNN was up 220% and 286%, respectively. MSNBC delivered 832,000 daytime viewers and 1.4 million nighttime viewers, up 312% and 314%, respectively. The three broadcast news nets also covered the memorial services, preempting regular programming between 10 a.m.-1:35 p.m. ET and 9:15-11 p.m. ET. ABC News stayed ahead of usual leader NBC News, averaging 6.1 million viewers during the daytime period and 8.2 million during the nighttime period, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers. NBC averaged 5.2 million viewers during the daytime period and 7.8 million during the nighttime period. Overall, Nielsen estimates that an average of 35.1 million viewers (43% of those watching TV at the time) tuned in to the evening burial service on eight broadcast and cable outlets.