Fox News Dominates Ratings as Final Miner Rescued; Tops Broadcasters NBC and FOX Head-to-Head

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By Alex Weprin Comments

Last night, just before 9 PM ET, the final miner was pulled from the San Jose mine in Chile. CNN and Fox News Channel carried it live. What were the ratings for those networks during the rescue?

  • FNC: 7.066 million total viewers / 1.754M  A25-54 (8:16-9 PM)
  • CNN: 2.671 million total viewers / 800K  A25-54 (8:21-9 PM)
  • MSNBC: 1.097 million total viewers / 298K  A25-54 (for the entire 8 PM ET hour. MSNBC did not carry the final rescues.)

This is the best performance for Fox News Channel in 2010. And the 7 million viewers Fox News Channel drew is better than its broadcast sibling, “Hell’s Kitchen” on FOX, which drew 6 million viewers. Fox News also topped NBC, which programmed “Undercovers” in that time period, drawing 5.85 million total viewers.