Fox News Matches Record Ratings With Debate Coverage, Rivaling Palin-Biden in 2008Submitted by emalvini on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:46
Fox News Matches Record Ratings With Debate Coverage, Rivaling Palin-Biden in 2008
FNC locks down another win as viewership rises across cable, and MSNBC falls below CNN again.
11:14 AM PDT 10/17/2012 by Michael O'Connell
Early ratings for cable network coverage of Tuesday's presidential debate have numbers surging ahead of the first showdown between President Obama and Mitt Romney earlier this month -- and Fox News Channel is reaping the biggest benefits.
Nielsen figures have FNC's telecast of the town hall debate matching its highest ratings ever (Sarah Palin and Joe Biden's 2008 vice presidential debate) with 11.1 million viewers. On par with that record, FNC also scored a demo win with 3.46 million adults 25-54. Though its returns are shy of broadcast competition in NBC and ABC, it also topped CBS.