Mediocre Tuesday Is 4th Biggest Primary Night This Year

By Chris Ariens 

The ninth contest of the 2016 presidential primary–which saw voters in four states go to the polls–will go down as the fourth most-watched primary night this year, and the seventh best since records have been kept.

Nearly 7.91 million viewers tuned into Fox News, CNN and MSNBC between 8-11 p.m. ET last night. FNC was first in viewers while CNN was No. 1 in the A25-54 demo.

The two most-watched primary nights have also been in 2016: Super Tuesday, which averaged 10.9 million cable viewers in prime time, followed by Iowa, which topped 10.1 million. Super Tuesday in 2008 averaged 9.12 million on the three cable news networks; the March 4, 2008 primaries was next with 8.71 million, followed by New Hampshire 2016 which drew 8.5 million. That’s followed by New Hampshire 2008 which averaged 8 million, on par with last night.

  • March 8, 8-11 p.m. ET | Total Viewers / A25-54 demo
    FNC: 3,668,088 / 875,026
    CNN: 2,679,894 / 942,059
    MSNBC: 1,564,383 / 421,558