Fox News Scores Record Ratings for Election Night

By Andrew Gauthier 

The New York Times

As a Republican wave swept across the United States on Tuesday, the Fox News Channel drew the biggest midterm election audience in its history.

Fox News, a favorite of Republicans with its stable of conservative hosts like Glenn Beck, had an average of 6.96 million viewers in prime time on Tuesday, according to the Nielsen Company. That was more than double the audience for CNN, which drew an average of 2.42 million viewers Tuesday night, and more than triple that for MSNBC, at 1.94 million viewers.

Reliable ratings for the broadcast networks’ coverage of the midterms will not be available until Thursday, Nielsen said. There were early indications, however, that Fox News would top the broadcasters’ averages. More…