Fox News Was No. 1 for Coverage of the 2020 New Hampshire Democratic Primary

By A.J. Katz 

It doesn’t matter which political party is holding a major event, Fox News appears to be the place Americans want to go these days for TV news coverage.

FNC was the No. 1 cable news network both in Total Viewers and in Adults 25-54 during last night’s special coverage of the 2020 New Hampshire Democratic primary from 6 p.m.-1 a.m. ET on Feb. 11/Feb. 12. This factors in ratings for the network’s highly-rated prime time programming hosts (8-11 p.m. ET). We’ll show the prime time numbers in the Tuesday Scoreboard later today.

6 p.m.-1 a.m. ET
Network Total Viewers Adults 25-54
Fox News 3,292,000 605,000
MSNBC 2,060,000 443,000
CNN 1,327,000 461,000

Co-anchored by Special Report’s Bret Baier & The Story’s Martha MacCallum, Fox News Democracy 2020 coverage also won the 2-hour time period before the network tossed to its highly-rated prime time programming hosts. The two-hour election coverage averaged 2.8 million viewers and 463,000 in the 25-54 demographic from 6-8 p.m. ET.


MSNBC was the No. 2 cable news network in Total Viewers, while CNN was No. 2 in A25-54.

6-8 p.m.ET
Network Total Viewers Adults 25-54
Fox News 2,775,000 463,000
MSNBC 1,700,000 350,000
CNN 1,212,000 371,000

Fox News also beat CNN and MSNBC during the hour the race was called, 10 p.m. ET. Laura Ingraham was hosting the hour, but Baier and MacCallum popped in to project Sen. Sanders as the winner at 10:14 p.m. ET. CNN made its projection two minutes later.

MSNBC waited until the very end of the 10 p.m. ET hour to call the New Hampshire primary for Sanders. It seems to pay off from a ratings perspective, as MSNBC beat CNN in Total Viewers and in A25-54.

10-11 p.m. ET
Network Total Viewers Adults 25-54
Fox News 4,151,000 743,000
MSNBC 2,677,000 576,000
CNN 1,478,000 559,000

Lastly, in the 12 a.m. ET hour, a special edition of Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream averaged 1,638,000 and 395,000, No. 1 overall.

12-1 a.m. ET
Network Total Viewers Adults 25-54
FNC 1,638,000 395,000
MSNBC 1,206,000 225,000
CNN 767,000 263,000

We’ll update this item as additional data arrives.

*Nielsen fast national data