Not surprisingly, the Fox News Channel defeated its cable and network competition in covering the Republican National Convention Tuesday night.
The cable network tripled its typical Tuesday showing in the Nielsen overnights, as ratings peaked between 10:45 and 11 p.m. ET, with 7.2 million viewers and 1.8 million 25-54 year old adults. Around that time MSNBC had 1.8 million and 555,000 in the demographic, and CNN had its largest numbers at 10:15 p.m. with 1.5 million and 451,000 in the demo.
FNC averaged 5.15 million viewers (1.17 of them adults 25-54) for its three-hour primetime block, and MSNBC had the second-most viewers with 1.32 million over CNN’s 1.2 million. CNN fell to third in 25-54 year olds, though its 368,811 outpaced MSNBC’s 337,562.
Ten p.m. was the most popular hour across the board, with ABC, CBS and NBC all airing an hour of coverage.. FNC was actually eclipsed by NBC, which skews younger, in the 25-54 adult demographic. NBC had 1.72 million adults in the demo, which was enough to defeat Fox News Channel by only 45,000 viewers.
The convention is being held in Tampa, Florida. Potential first lady Ann Romney and New Jersey governor Chris Christie spoke at the convention Tuesday night.