Channel dominated Tuesday night's election coverage

Fox News Channel dominated Tuesday night’s election coverage, posting significant gains over the 2006 midterm while competitors MSNBC and CNN were both down.

The GOP surge in congressional and state races was a big draw for Fox News’ aud, which averaged a whopping 6.95 million average total viewers for the 8-11 p.m. primetime. It peaked from 9-10:30 p.m., when the ratings for “America’s Election Headquarters” stayed above 7 million.

But CNN proved again that during big news events it still draws a crowd, averaging 2.42 million in primetime. MSNBC, which has been beating CNN in key primetime slots in recent months, trailed with 1.95 million.

In adults 25-54, Fox pulled in an average of 2.43 million viewers. CNN came a distant second with 862,000 and MSNBC trailed at third with 669,000.

The last midterm election found vastly different viewership: FNC was first, but barely, with 3.06 million total viewers to CNN’s 2.97 million and MSNBC at 1.95 million.

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