Fox News Rules Ratings for Coverage of Government Shutdown

Senate vote, Obama comments provide a lift

As expected, Fox News dominated yesterday’s coverage of Congress’ votes to end the government shutdown.

On a night of special reports, Fox topped cablers CNN and MSNBC in both total viewers and in the key adults 25-54 demo, according to Nielsen estimates.

With 2.212 million viewers, FNC was the highest-rated cable news net of the night. Fox attracted 489,000 in the key demo, which peaked at 534,000 for “The O’Reilly Factor” during the 8 p.m. hour. Compared to this year’s third quarter, Fox’s viewership spiked 50% in the demo and 20% in total viewers.

While MSNBC came in second place in total viewers with 1.361 million, it was last in the demo at 338,000. CNN was runner-up in the key demo with an audience of 375,000, yet last among 25- to 54-year-olds with 1.271 million. However, coverage of the Senate vote and comments from President Obama lifted the three cable newsies to a demo rise from last week.

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