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.