Ratings: Cable News Covers the Tucson Shooting

By Alex Weprin 

We will have the full weekend ratings charts shortly, but in the meantime, here are the numbers for the cable news channels following the tragedy in Tucson Saturday afternoon.

As has become the norm during breaking news events, Fox News Channel was the destination most viewers turned to on Saturday, followed by CNN, then MSNBC.

Fox News brought in its “A” talent to cover the events, with CNN and MSNBC bringing in their big names later in the day. MSNBC broke into its taped programming to cover the shooting.

News of the shooting broke on the cable news channels during the 1 PM ET hour, with live coverage continuing into the evening.

Total Day

Fox News: 1.251M total viewers, 337,000 A25-54

CNN: 819,000 total viewers, 260,000 A25-54

MSNBC: 485,000 total viewers, 193,000 A25-54

Primetime

Fox News: 1.652M total viewers, 388,000 A25-54

CNN: 1.331M total viewers, 359,000 A25-54

MSNBC: 677,000 total viewers, 205,000 A25-54

1 PM ET

Fox News: 1.043M total viewers, 201,000 A25-54

CNN: 599,000 total viewers, 167,000 A25-54

MSNBC: 237,000 total viewers, 99,000 A25-54

2 PM ET

Fox News: 1.711M total viewers, 378,000 A25-54

CNN: 1.132M total viewers, 423,000 A25-54

MSNBC: 437,000 total viewers, 151,000 A25-54

3 PM ET

Fox News: 2.325M total viewers, 706,000 A25-54

CNN: 1.609M total viewers, 530,000 A25-54

MSNBC: 678,000 total viewers, 236,000 A25-54

4 PM ET

Fox News: 2.814M total viewers, 848,000 A25-54

CNN: 1.582M total viewers, 462,000 A25-54

MSNBC: 836,000 total viewers, 265,000 A25-54

Numbers courtesy of Nielsen Media Research

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