An easy election night win for Fox News, which topped the competition with 2,729,000 total viewers and 593,000 A25-54 viewers during primetime Tuesday. MSNBC was second with 1,035,000 total viewers and 244,000 A25-54 viewers, and CNN was third with 664,000 and 224,000 viewers, respectively.
Both MSNBC and CNN saw their highest ratings in the 9pmET hour: Rachel Maddow’s program delivered 1,267,000 total viewers and 313,000 A25-54 viewers, while Piers Morgan’s show had 734,000 and 239,000 viewers, respectively. Fox News peaked in total viewers at 8pmET and in the demo at 9pmET. Megyn Kelly’s “The Kelly File” was the top-rated cable news show in the demo last night, delivering 653,000 viewers, a high for the show.
All three networks were up significantly compared to their Q3 2013 averages. MSNBC was up the most (+78%) in total viewers, while Fox News saw the biggest gains (+109%) in the demo. This was the lowest off-year election night ratings for CNN since at least 2001.
The full scoreboard will be up shortly.