Fox News Dominates Cable News Ratings for Obama Address

Barack Obama Syria Address Ratings
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It draws 4 million viewers Tuesday night, also leads comfortably during post-speech analysis

Fox News was the most watched cable news network Tuesday night for President Obama’s primetime address to the nation  about possible action against Syria.

Nielsen estimates that the 17-minute address (9-9:17 p.m. ET) drew 4.04 million viewers on Fox News Channel, well ahead of CNN (1.91 million). MSNBC didn’t break out its numbers, but the network’s 8-10 p.m. ET coverage averaged 1.20 million.

In adults 25-54, FNC drew 939,000, to 638,000 for CNN.

During the post-speech analysis, led by anchor Bret Baier, Fox News drew 3.6 million viewers to easily finish on top.

For all of primetime, FNC (3.08 million viewers overall, including 651,000 adults 25-54) beat the combined total viewership of CNN (1.21 million, including 434,000 adults 25-54) and MSNBC (1.11 million, including 297,000).

Data wasn’t immediately available for the broadcast networks, which broke into their entertainment lineups and then returned to regular programming.

In the address, Obama said he saw “encouraging signs” in negotiations following a proposal by Russia to place Syria’s chemical werapons under international control.

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  1. Daddylouc says:

    Yikes Terrence. For real presidential bashing, you only need to go back a few years and see how ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and the rest of the liberal news media outlets bashed President Bush. Yeah, we’re all sick of it – you’re right there. But it’s painfully obvious that the bashing has been more coming from the left.

  2. Dazzle says:

    Dear Mr Linder, you’re right about number one, the US was number one at one time, but thanks to the current prez, we are woe-fully out of that spot. And if Fox is so unworthy of notice, why did the prez try so hard to get rid of them?

  3. Terrence Linder says:

    Number one doesnt mean anything anymore! Its about respect! There is none here! Every night its obama bashing! Daytime too! Even the right is getting sick of it! Its because of this, the gop is in trouble!!!

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