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

    Sounds logical that CNN would beat Fox News the 3 days of the Democratic National Convention. No suprise there.

    September 7, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Fox foreign owned media was probably still in Tampa, trying to get a do over for the Mittens disaster the week before.

    September 7, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Peter

    I am sure that Bill O'Reilly will report these ratings.

    September 7, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    Well, I seldom watch CNN and until they drop Gergen, Ari Flusher and that crazy VietNam (democrat) guy, I won't be making any changes, but I do love their website. I'm an avid MSNBC watcher and proud of it.

    September 7, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Thomas

    I'm sure Fox regards those facts as Redieric !

    September 7, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Cam Spurgeon

    Did you rate yourself next to CSAN. That would be interesting. I thought coverage was pretty good with the exception of ARIE? And Carly? talking heads. Those two have absolutely no credibility and never offer a constructive or objective opinioon and thats what viewers are looking for. We don't care who you are voting for but don;t try to propoganda our viewpoint and thats what those two do. An example of a good talking head is David Gergen. I know where he stands but still value his objective and learned opinion. He should give lessons to Anderson as he is really starting to slip...

    September 7, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |

    Way to toot your own horn CNN. MSNBC's coverage was better.

    September 7, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. guest

    Eastwood represents the average his self-reliant resolve and confidence in Americas ability to endure the Progressive movement. The only problem I have with his RNC speech is he didnt add the "hoax" statement as well. Tell the truth, even if people dont want to hear it.

    September 7, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. bb

    Well CNN heres a hoo-ra for u

    September 7, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. kayla

    cnn, i did not see how many viewers you got for the rnc convention? can sombody let me know if you have that information. thank you

    September 7, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Peter

    Revealing that the Fox audience, which made Fox #1 during the Republican Convention (CNN was #2, MSNBC #3) had little interest in hearing the other side (Democrats) since the Fox coverage of the Democrat convention came in dead last, even behind MSNBC's much smaller viewership.

    Speaks volumes about many in the Fox camp: They evidently don't feel the need to hear opposing views.

    September 7, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Reggiedw

    Well CNN should be happy that the democrats had their convention because that is the only time that they got more viewers than FOX. CNN should say thank you to the democratic party.........anyway CNN might as well endorse Obama because their reporting is always about 99% positive for him.

    September 7, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    CNN bets fox is good sign for USA

    September 7, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    I watched the convention on C-Span. It was one of the most entertaining conventions I've ever watched.

    September 7, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. Jeanne

    Thought the coverage was good but also thought it was disrepectful of CNN to talk over the closing prayer after Obama's speech. You should've closed that feed if you weren't listening to it, which obviously you weren"t.

    September 7, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. samuel l waxman

    i like when wasserman and blitzer talk one on one

    September 7, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Something else you can thank the President for CNN.

    September 7, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. carrie

    I think the CNN coverage was better than others for each convention , pundits and commentators seemed more prefessional and liked they were on the floor at the convention..I did some switching between them but CNN just seemed more in the middle than the others for me personally. I did enjoy watching Chris Matthews ,

    September 7, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |

    Didn't relaize it was on BET as well.

    September 7, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Mikey

    @guest – Where does this comment come from. The article is not about Clint at all. You seem a loopy as Eastwood. Love his movies, don't care about his politics, sorry he embarrassed himself, worried he is losing it in his old age.

    September 7, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Mikey

    @Peter – A closed mind doesn't require new information. Heck, it would just confuse them anyway. They seem to have trouble holding two opposing views in their minds. They just reject what they disagree with, even plain facts.

    September 7, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Something else you can thank the President for CNN."

    Meh, 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.

    September 7, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |

    I'm not too fond that Candy Crowley is moderating the Presidential Debate. I'd prefer to see David Gregory. But since they had to choose a woman, they should have went with Soledad.

    September 7, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. GQ_1954

    22 Comments – says it all!

    September 7, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Marie MD

    I rather watch MSNBC but on Tuesday night they kept going back to their talking heads instead of letting us hear the speakers so we kept changing from them to CNN all three days. Whichever station had what we wanted to listen to we stayed with it.

    September 7, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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