Fox News Tops Cable and Broadcast Nets for Start of U.S.-North Korea Summit Coverage

By Chris Ariens 

At 9:04 p.m. ET last night, as President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shook hands to start more than four hours of talks, most U.S. viewers were tuned to Fox News Channel’s Hannity.

The hour, which drew 5.9 million viewers was the most-watched hour on all of TV last night. It edged The Bachelorette on ABC, which included ABC’s special report for the summit (5.493M) and an 8 p.m. rerun of Mom on CBS (4.812M). It was also an all-time high in both total viewers and the demo for Hannity since the show returned to the timeslot last September.

The three big cable news networks and the four broadcast networks all produced special reports for the start of the meeting, with the cable news in continuous coverage.

We don’t have final numbers for the broadcast network special reports, but based on their lead-in/lead-out shows, ABC averaged around 5.4 million, CBS averaged around 4 million, NBC averaged around 2.7 million, and FOX averaged around 2 million. CNN’s 9 p.m. hour, anchored by Chris Cuomo, averaged 2.36 million. MSNBC had a 3-hour average (8 – 11 p.m.) of 2.37 million.

The Monday Scoreboard has a break down of the cable news numbers.