Debate Ratings: Fox News Tops Cable News For First Debate, As More People Tune In Than 2008Submitted by emalvini on Thu, 10/04/2012 - 14:28
Debate Ratings: Fox News Tops Cable News For First Debate, As More People Tune In Than 2008
By Alex Wepri
October 4, 2012 1:56 PM
More than 58 million people watched the first Presidential debate last night between President Obama and Mitt Romney, up substantially from the first debate in the 2008 election cycle, which had 52.4 million viewers.
Fox News was the most-watched cable news network during the debate, and will likely be the most-watched network on TV, though final broadcast numbers will not be released until after 4 PM.
Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, Fox and CBS are all up from the same debate in 2008, while CNN and ABC are down. In the adults 25-54 demo, FNC and MSNBC are up compared to 2008, while CNN is down.