Fox News tops election night ratings

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More people watched Fox News than any other cable news network during coverage of Election Night on Tuesday. 

Fox had the largest audience of any of the three major networks in each hour from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. according to early data from Nielsen Media Research, peaking with 5 million viewers during the 10 p.m. hour, including 988,000 in the coveted 25-54 age demographic. 

When the Virginia governor’s race was called for Republican Glenn Youngkin during the 12 p.m. hour, 2.8 million were tuned into Fox News, compared to 800,000 viewers on MSNBC and 716,000 on CNN. 

MSNBC had its highest amount of viewers during the 7 p.m. hour, just before polls closed in Virginia, when it reached 1.5 million viewers, a time during which Fox had just over 3 million people watching. 

CNN’s highest-rated hour came at 10 p.m. when just over a million people tuned in to watch its coverage of the still too close to call contests in Virginia and New Jersey. 

Fox said it posted double-digit gains over the it’s last election night coverage in 2017 in both total viewers and within the demographic of viewers age 25-54. 

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