CNN garners highest cable ratings on final night of DNC
September 7th, 2012
03:27 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN garners highest cable ratings on final night of DNC

(CNN) – On the final evening of the Democratic National Convention, CNN beat its cable competitors and two broadcast networks in television ratings, data from Nielson showed Friday.

CNN averaged 3.5 million viewers between 7 p.m. and midnight, the figures showed, putting the channel ahead of MSNBC, which averaged 3.2 million viewers, and Fox News Channel, which averaged 2.5 million viewers.

During the key coverage bloc from 10 p.m. ET to 11:15 p.m. ET, during which President Barack Obama delivered his convention speech, CNN also beat ABC and CBS, along with the aforementioned cable networks.

CNN was 56% ahead of Fox News and 14% of MSNBC, the numbers showed. NBC and CBS each had fewer viewers than they did on the final day of the 2008 DNC.

At its peak on Thursday at 10:45 p.m. ET, CNN had 6 million viewers.

Over the three-day convention, CNN beat Fox News in total viewership by 24%.

soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Ron

    Fox is already reporting if you AVERAGE the six days of BOTH conventions they win.....INCREDIBLE

    September 7, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. The Unsub

    I watched CSPAN

    September 7, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Rick in OP

    @ Sniffit
    "they're too busy patting themselves on the back and devising new and dishonest ways to pretend that Mittens and the GOP/Teatrolls are speaking worthwhile, honestly debateable opinions, instead of demonstrable falsehoods, to be bothered thanking anyone but their advertising sponsors."

    So...Liberals are now so deranged that they are ragging on CNN?
    And by the way, referring to Romney as "Mittens" makes you sound really gay.

    September 7, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Boo

    Rick in OP.....calling Romney Mittens may sound gay to you but your total comment tells me you're a m o r o n.

    September 7, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. BLKMANinAmerica

    LMBAO................really Fox was even considered, I mean who on earth really watches that RAG? Just sayen.

    September 7, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. T'sah From Virginia

    ►So...Liberals are now so deranged that they are ragging on CNN?
    And by the way, referring to Romney as "Mittens" makes you sound really gay.◄

    What does gay have to do with it? Maybe that is what YOU are for recognizing it!!! I call Romney MITTens all the time; I also call him RobMe; RomneyHood, Etch-A-Sketch; Flip-Flop, Liar, etc. I also call Paul Lyan the same. Again, what does Gay have to do with it!!

    Obama 2012 – The ONLY Trusted Way Forward!!!

    September 7, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Are people beginning to see that Fox foreign owned media is anti American?

    September 7, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Islanddawg

    Does the writer not realize that democrats would most likely watch the DNC on the Democrat News Network?

    September 7, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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