Midterm Elections Deliver a Ratings Surge, With Fox News in the Lead

In an enormous evening for tv information, 36.1 million individuals watched the Tuesday night protection of the midterm elections, in line with Nielsen.

The spike in viewers — the most important for a midterm in a few years — got here on a day when turnout soared in each Democratic- and Republican-leaning elements of the nation.

The printed networks gave an unprecedented quantity of prime-time protection to a midterm election, with ABC, CBS and NBC changing the standard sitcoms and police procedurals to fill their eight to 11 p.m. slates with projections and outcomes.

Fox Information led all channels with 7.eight million viewers in prime time on Tuesday, in line with Nielsen, and it was the primary community to name the Home of Representatives for the Democrats. That projection got here at 9:33 p.m., roughly 50 minutes earlier than any of its opponents made the identical name.

NBC had the most important broadcast community viewers, with 5.7 million viewers, whereas its cable sibling, MSNBC, introduced in four.7 million viewers.

CNN completed in second place among the many cable networks, drawing an viewers of 5.1 million.

The general viewers was higher than the quantity that tuned in to any of the 4 earlier midterm elections. It was considerably bigger than the viewers 4 years in the past, when 22.7 million individuals had been watching.

The viewers quantity in 2010, an election wherein Republicans made enormous features, was 34.9 million. In 2006, a wave election for Democrats, 31.four million had been watching, and 26.three million tuned in in 2002.

There have been additionally extra networks working protection on Tuesday evening in contrast with earlier years. Greater than two million individuals watched the protection on channels like Telemundo and Univision, in line with Nielsen.

Even with a spike in viewership for the midterms, the determine represented roughly half the viewers that tuned in for protection of the 2016 presidential election. Round 71 million individuals watched on election evening in 2016, in line with Nielsen.

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