Surge in Ratings as First Miners Appeared

By Andrew Gauthier 

The New York Times

More than 10 million people were watching CNN, Fox News and MSNBC as the first of 33 miners was rescued in Chile on Tuesday night, the beginning of the end of a two-month ordeal for the men trapped underground.

According to the Nielsen Company, 10.6 million people were watching those three cable news channels from 11 to 11:15 p.m. Eastern, the time that the first miner, Florencio Avalos, was pulled to the surface.


It is impossible to tell how many people watched the live coverage around the world. More…