8.7 million tune in for NH primary results

8.7 million tune in for NH primary results
An estimated 8.7 million viewers tuned in to watch the results of New Hampshire's primary on Tuesday night, with FOX News seeing the largest audience in averaging 4.44 million total viewers, according to early Nielsen Media Research. 

MSNBC finished second on Tuesday night with 2.61 million total viewers and CNN was third with 1.64 million. 

"Hannity" was the most-watched program on Tuesday night on cable with 4.72 million viewers, followed by "Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonStone juror: Trump 'attacking citizens for performing their civic duty' Fox News prime-time lineup delivers highest ratings in 24-year history Stone judge criticizes Trump for tweets about juror MORE Tonight" with 4.44 million and "The Ingraham Angle" with 4.15 million, marking a network record for the first-in-the-nation primary. 

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In the 25- to 54-year-old demographic sought by advertisers, FNC was first with 784,000 viewers in primetime, followed by CNN's 596,000 and MSNBC's 577,000. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. MORE (I-Vt.) finished first in New Hampshire, with former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina MORE coming in second and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina Lawmakers grill Ticketmaster, StubHub execs over online ticketing MORE (D-Minn.) winning third place. 
 
Last week was a particularly busy time in political news given President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE's State of the Union address on Feb. 4 and his acquittal in his impeachment trial in the Senate the following day. The Iowa caucuses also took place on Feb. 3, though the results didn't begin to trickle in until later in the day on Feb. 4.

The Trump-heavy events helped Fox News deliver its highest-rated week in primetime since the week of the 2016 election, according to Nielsen, averaging 4.27 million viewers.