The first part of the two-night special documentary “The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden” scored in the ratings for Fox News Channel on Tuesday, standing as the day’s top-rated program on any cable news network in the key adults 25-54 demo.
Nielsen estimates that 2.7 million viewers watched the hourlong special at 10 p.m., making it FNC’s most-watched program in the 10 o’clock hour in 2014 (excluding the State of the Union address and mid-term election coverage). It drew nearly twice as many viewers as the combined tallies of MSNBC (561,000), CNN (513,000) and Headline News (398,000).
In adults 25-54, the 532,000 viewers for the documentary was also more than the combined totals of Fox’s rivals and out-rated every other cable news program on Tuesday.
Compared with the network’s fourth quarter average to date, “The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden” provided Fox News with time-period improvement of 77% in adults 25-54 and 88% in total viewers.
The first part of the special, hosted by Peter Doocy, featured an exclusive interview with Navy SEAL Robert O’Neil, who pulled the trigger in the mission at bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan in 2011.