On night one of the Republican National Convention, Fox News Channel was the clear ratings winner on TV, drawing substantially more viewers than any other TV network, including NBC, CBS and ABC. NBC was tops in the key adults 25-54 demo.
More than 20 million Americans were watching during the 10 PM hour last night, not counting coverage on C-SPAN, PBS and online.
According to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research (final numbers could change, but probably not by much), FNC averaged 5.15 million viewers from 8-11 PM last night. MSNBC averaged 1.3 million, with CNN averaging 1.2 million.
From 10-11PM when the broadcasters had live coverage, FNC averaged 6.89 million viewers, NBC averaged 4.77 million viewers, CBS averaged 3.12M and ABC 2.86M viewers. CNN and MSNBC tied at 10pm with 1.47 million viewers each.
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