ABC Draws Largest King Charles III Coronation Audience of Any U.S. TV Network

By A.J. Katz 

Which network averaged the largest audience for its live coverage of the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla this past Saturday?

That would be ABC.

According to Nielsen live plus same day data for Saturday, May 6, 2023, ABC News ranked No. 1 in the key target measurements: Total Viewers (3.04 million) and Adults 25-54 (688,000) making it the No. 1 U.S. network for coronation coverage from 6-10 a.m. ET across both broadcast and cable. ABC’s live coronation coverage out-delivered live coronation coverage on NBC (2.72 million, 538,000 respectively) and CBS (1.58 million, and 276,000 respectively).


On the cable side, CNN averaged 972,000 total viewers and 173,000 Adults 25-54; Fox News averaged 1.60 million total viewers and 160,000 Adults 25-54; MSNBC averaged 694,000 total viewers and 77,000 Adults 25-54.

That’s 10.61 million total viewers and 1.91 million Adults 25-54 watching across six Nielsen-rated linear news networks.

King Charles III Coronation ABC NBC Fox News CBS CNN MSNBC
• Total Viewers: 3,037,000 2,723,000 1,604,000 1,581,000 972,000 694,000
• A25-54: 688,000 538,000 160,000 276,000 173,000 77,000





Source: The Nielsen Company, National Live + Same Day Program Ratings, 5/6/23 or as dated. Program averages based on 6:00 – 10:00 a.m. Beginning 8/31/20, National Program Ratings also include Out of Home (OOH) viewing. ^Source: O&O & 3rd Party Platforms