Robert Mueller Testimony Ratings: Fox News Is No. 1 in Total Viewers; NBC No. 1 in A25-54 Demo

By A.J. Katz 

On Wednesday, Fox News hauled in the largest total audience of any TV news outlet for its coverage of the Robert Mueller testimony before both the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee.

NBC, on the other hand, delivered the most adults 25-54 of any TV outlet.

Special Report’s Bret Baier and The Story’s Martha MacCallum co-anchored Fox News’ coverage of the testimonies, which averaged 3 million viewers from 8:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. ET.

In addition to beating the cable news competition handily, FNC had a double-digit advantage over all three broadcast networks in total viewers.

ABC finished No. 2 behind NBC among adults 25-54, but delivered more total viewers than its broadcast network competitors.

Fox News finished No. 3 in the demo behind ABC and NBC, but ahead of CBS, CNN and MSNBC.

Despite finishing last in the demo, MSNBC finished No. 2 in total viewers, ahead of the broadcast networks and CNN.

Here are the Nielsen TV impressions for special coverage of the Mueller testimonies (8:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. ET)

  • Fox News: 3.030m total viewers, 441k adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 2.443m total viewers, 354k adults 25-54
  • ABC: 2.035m total viewers, 467k adults 25-54
  • CBS: 1.905m total viewers, 410k adults 25-54
  • NBC: 1.860m total viewers, 502k adults 25-54
  • CNN: 1.515m total viewers, 365k adults 25-54

Wednesday’s Mueller testimony coverage averaged 12.8 total viewers across six networks, not counting folks watching on digital platforms.

In April, 13.94 million viewers watched Attorney General Barr press conference across six networks. The presser went from 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m ET.

From 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., 12.73 million watched AG Barr’s press conference AND the public, redacted release of the Mueller report across those six networks.

A total of 19.5 million viewers watched live coverage of the James Comey hearing across 10 Nielsen-measured networks in June 2017. Live coverage of the Comey hearing ran from 10 a.m. – 12:57 p.m. ET.