11:14am PT by Michael O'Connell
Fox News Leads Cable's Fatigued State of the Union Coverage, CNN Grows
It'll still be some time before we see how well Tuesday's State of the Union address performed overall, compared to the 14-year low in 2014 — but with the first cable news ratings in, it doesn't appear that viewership rebounded.
Fox News Channel, down from last year, delivered the night's biggest haul with 3.47 million viewers. That's off from last year's spike to 4.7 million viewers. Among the news demo of adults 25-54, FNC's 834,000 viewers during the 9 to 10:15 p.m. ET block took second place to CNN.
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CNN was the only cable network to improve, year-to-year, pulling 1.02 million adults 25-54 and 2.56 million viewers. Both stats marked improvements from the steep drops it took last year. MSNBC slipped even more from its 2014 lows, averaging 1.99 million viewers and just 473,000 adults 25-54.
Early stats from the broadcast networks have it more or less on par with 2014, but those numbers stand to change dramatically once time zone adjustments come in. Regardless, it will likely mean an overall dip for the State of the Union.