Viewers Turn to Cable News in First Hours After Fort Hood Shooting

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By Merrill Knox Comment

Shep4Ratings are in for the cable news networks’ wall-to-wall coverage of the Fort Hood shooting, which left four people — including the gunman, Ivan Lopez  — dead. During the first two hours of the coverage (from 6-8pmET), Fox News was first, CNN was second and MSNBC was third in both ratings measurements.

In primetime, Fox News was first, CNN was second and MSNBC was third. Fox won in both ratings measurements every hour except for 10pmET, which was the hour of the first news conference from Fort Hood. During that hour, “Hannity” won in total viewers and a CNN special report anchored by Don Lemon won in the demo.

6-7pmET:

Fox News: 1,892,000 total viewers / 272,000 in A25-54

CNN: 667,000 total viewers / 243,000 in A25-54

MSNBC: 548,000 total viewers / 146,000 in A25-54

7-8pmET:

Fox News: 1,954,000 total viewers / 395,000 in A25-54

CNN: 873,000 total viewers / 326,000 A25-54

MSNBC: 670,000 total viewers / 191,000 in 25-54

Primetime numbers are after the jump.

8-11pmET:

Fox News: 2,157,000 total viewers / 446,000 A25-54

CNN: 1,066,000 total viewers / 430,000 A25-54

MSNBC: 632,000 total viewers / 166,000 A25-54