On Final Primary Night, CNN Wins Demo, Fox News Wins Total Viewers

By A.J. Katz Comment

It was a significant night for Hillary Clinton. The former First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State clinched the Democratic Party nomination last night with primary wins in multiple states, including California.

As for where TV viewers tuned in: CNN was No. 1 in the key A25-54 demo, while Fox News was No. 1 in viewers. In fact, CNN was the No. 1 network in all of cable prime time ahead of Fox Sports 1, TBS and Discovery. And in a rare occurrence, MSNBC topped Fox News in the demo in both prime time (8 p.m. – 11 p.m.) and extended coverage (7 p.m. – 2 a.m.) MSNBC finished No. 2 in total viewers from 10 – 1 a.m. ET.

The most-watched hour across all of cable TV last night was CNN’s 10 p.m. ET hour when Clinton gave her speech.

  • June 7: 8-11 p.m. ET | Viewers / A25-54 Demo

CNN: 2,405,000 / 829,000
FNC: 2,525,000 / 458,000
MSNBC: 2,051,000 / 466,000

  • June 7: 7 p.m.-2 a.m. ET | Viewers / A25-54 Demo

CNN: 2,129,000 / 745,000
FNC: 1,828,000 / 362,000
MSNBC: 1,779,000 / 429,000

It was also a strong night for CNN Digital, which grabbed 16 million unique visitors across properties , making it the sixth most trafficked primary or caucus day dating back to 2008. CNN Digital also saw 11 million multiplatform video starts and 89 million page views.

Additionally, The Young Turks’ coverage of the primaries garnered the largest live audience in the show’s history, bringing in 458,404 views online over the course of its seven hours of coverage.