For Partisan Media, Midterm Election Yields

It was no contest when it came to where Americans chose to watch Hillary Clinton on cable Tuesday, as Fox News’ sit-down interview scored nearly four times as many viewers as CNN’s town-hall format about an hour earlier.

According to Nielsen estimates, FNC averaged 2.022 million viewers and 313,000 in the adults 25-54 demo from 6:45-7:15 p.m. ET for its chat with Clinton, which spanned across “Special Report with Bret Baier” and “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” That was up 23% in overall viewership and 30% in the demo from the net’s deliveries in the same time period on the previous night.

On Tuesday during the interview with the former Secretary of State, Fox News drew more than double the combined tallies of MSNBC and CNN in both ratings categories.

Clinton scuttled over to Fox after her 5 p.m. ET town-hall discussion on CNN, which drew 521,000 total viewers and 115,000 in the 25-54 demo, according to Nielsen. She fielded questions from CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and also from the studio audience.

Though it was the most popular program of the day on CNN and was able to beat out MSNBC’s “Ed Show” in the time period (506,000, including 105,000 adults 25-54), the Clinton discussion  was handily beaten head-to-head by FNC’s “The Five” (1.88 million, including 336,000 adults 25-54). Fox actually outdrew the combined totals of CNN, MSNBC and HLN during the Clinton town hall.


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