Royal Wedding Coverage Dominates Saturday’s Cable Day

By Chris Ariens 

While Fox News was the most-watched cable network for coverage of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, CNN won the full day Saturday, in both total day and prime time, and in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

The wedding aired across 15 TV networks beginning at 7 a.m. ET, with coverage beginning hours earlier, and continuing for hours after. CNN ticked up in viewership in the 10 a.m. ET hour, and continued winning every cable news hour until 6 p.m., when Fox News took back the lead.

Compared to the week-earlier Saturday, CNN was up +190 percent in total day viewership, and up +192 percent in total day demo. By comparison, Fox News was up +14 percent in viewers and up +64 percent in the demo, vs. the previous Saturday. CNN also won prime time Saturday, edging Fox News by less than a half percent in viewers and by +73 percent in the demo.


CNN’s 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. block was anchored by Fredricka Whitfield, with Don Lemon and Clarissa Ward co-anchoring from London. The 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. block was anchored by Ana Cabrera, with Erica Hill co-anchoring from Santa Fe, Texas, the scene of the deadly high school shooting there. Alisyn Camerota anchored a special report on the Royal Wedding at 7 p.m. ET and the network re-aired the wedding at 8 p.m. ET.