President Obama’s brief address to the nation on Thursday night, which wasn’t carried nationally by any of the major broadcast networks, drew nearly 8 million viewers on cable news, according to Nielsen estimates.
Fox News led the way as usual with 4.294 million — about 850,000 more than the combined tune-in on MSNBC (1.758 million) and CNN (1.678 million).
In the key news demo of adults 25-54, FNC (958,000) drew as many viewers as its rivals combined. But in this category, CNN was the clear No. 2 (637,000) — nearly doubling up MSNBC (320,000). CNN had also been No. 2 the night of President Obama’s address on ISIS in September.
Fox News continued to cover the news story on “The O’Reilly Factor” (4.15 million viewers overall), which drew its largest adults 25-54 audience (885,000) in nearly a year, and at 9 p.m. with “The Kelly File” (3.20 million viewers overall), whose demo total (708,000) is its second biggest to date.
For all of primetime, FNC more than doubled its rivals, averaging 3.11 million viewers, including 693,000.
All of the cable news networks were up in primetime vs. the prior four Thursdays, with CNN (which aired original film “Ivory Tower” from 9-11 p.m.) increasing the most in adults 25-54 (by 147%, 358,000 vs. 145,000).