Wednesday, Feb. 19 Scoreboard: Last Night’s Debate Was 3rd Highest-Rated Show Ever on MSNBC

By A.J. Katz Comment

Last night’s Democratic primary debate drew a record 19.7 million total TV viewers. 12 million of those viewers watched on NBC, and 7.6 million watched on MSNBC.

That 7.62 million represents the third-largest audience for any telecast in the history of the network.

Which MSNBC telecasts delivered larger audiences? One is actually a sports broadcast: USA men’s hockey vs. Canada during the 2010 Winter Olympics Olympics on Feb. 21, 2010 (8.2 million total viewers). That was actually the first time the U.S. had defeated Canada in men’s hockey during an Olympics since 1960.

The second-most-watched MSNBC broadcast was the network’s presidential debate in Cleveland with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on Feb. 26, 2008 (7.7 million total viewers). That debate aired only on MSNBC, and was not simulcast on NBC or anywhere else.

25-54 demographic (Live+SD x 1,000)

Total Day: FNC: 361 | CNN: 181 | MSNBC: 401
Prime: FNC: 558 | CNN: 216 | MSNBC: 1.470

FNC: CNN: MSNBC:
4PM Cavuto:
263
Tapper:
142
Wallace:
121
5PM Five:
503
Blitzer:
164
MTPDaily:
110
6PM Baier:
478
Blitzer:
180
Melber:
166
7PM MacCallum:
444
Burnett:
222
Matthews:
250
8PM Carlson:
573
Cooper:
349
MS Dbte:
522
9PM Hannity:
551
Cuomo:
155
Debate:
1.942
10PM Ingraham:
550
Lemon:
144
Cont.:
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11PM @Night:
492
Dbte Post:
458
Williams:
1.000

Total Viewers (Live+SD x 1,000)
Total Day: FNC: 2.118 | CNN: 707 | MSNBC: 1.987
Prime: FNC: 3.345 | CNN: 772 | MSNBC: 6.002

FNC CNN MSNBC:
4PM Cavuto:
1.733
Tapper:
837
Wallace:
1.367
5PM Five:
3.214
Blitzer:
858
MTPDaily:
1.109
6PM Baier:
2.815
Blitzer:
806
Melber:
1.274
7PM MacCallum:
2.533
Burnett:
992
Matthews:
1.527
8PM Carlson:
3.823
Cooper:
1.457
MS Dbte:
2.768
9PM Hannity:
3.213
Cuomo:
1.588
Debate:
7.614
10PM Ingraham:
2.994
Lemon:
1.496
Cont.:
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11PM @Night:
2.829
Dbte Post:
858
Williams:
4.373

 

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