TV Ratings: Latest "Super" Tuesday's Demo Spoils Go to CNN
The cable network caps off a strong April, while Fox News leads by a wide margin among total viewers.
Another hyperbolic Tuesday of presidential primaries, "super" for both the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns, brought ratings lifts for cable news.
CNN saw the most substantial showing among the adults 25-54 demographic. Capping off April, a month it is poised to win in the key news demo, CNN's primetime averaged 929,000 viewers in the 25-54 group. That put it above Fox News Channel's 707,000 demo viewers and more than doubled MSNBC's 388,000.
The race for total viewers went to FNC. With an average 3.25 million viewers between 8 and 11 p.m. ET, the network outpaced CNN's 2.62 million and MSNBC's 1.48 million.
The hierarchy, in both measurements, mirrors the cable news networks' respective performances for the month of April. CNN continues to enjoy the biggest year-to-year boosts from all of the election coverage. The net's primetime average is up 111 percent for the month among adults 25-54 to 372,000 viewers. That put it just ahead of FNC's 344,000 demo viewers and MSNBC's 223,000.
FNC's win among total viewers for the month of April puts it atop the news nets and sees it ranking No. 2 across all of cable in both total day and primetime. The latter, an average 1.9 million viewers, easily outpaces both CNN (1.13 million viewers) and MSNBC (858,000 viewers).
The primary races are winding down and May doesn't look terribly exciting, with Indiana and Oregon the only states with a significant number of delegates at stake and Clinton and Trump all but locking up their respective party nominations. But the cable news networks continue to scramble for election eyeballs where they can get them. FNC will host one of the month's higher profile events, when the net airs extras from Megyn Kelly's anticipated sit-down with Trump. That interview will debut May 17 on Fox.
There's also the question of a final debate between Democratic candidates. Clinton and Bernie Sanders, who last faced each other earlier this month on CNN, still may spar in one last yet-to-be-scheduled showdown.