TV Ratings: CNN Leads Electoral College Vote Coverage

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CNN topped cable news coverage of Monday's Electoral College vote, leading by a good margin during the daytime hours when votes were tallied. Fox News narrowly claimed the cable-news lead in primetime, while ESPN's Monday Night Football telecast topped all of prime. The Voice and The Bachelorette led the broadcast networks.

CNN averaged 2.34 million viewers from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, largely with special coverage of the electors' votes cementing Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election. It led the cable news networks for that time period, topping the 1.71 million for MSNBC and 1.61 million for Fox News.

Fox News moved in front in primetime as its lineup averaged 2.87 million viewers, barely beating the 2.86 million for MSNBC. CNN was a bit farther back with 2.14 million viewers in primetime, though it did lead the key news demographic of adults 25-54 with about 584,000 viewers in that age group. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show (3.51 million viewers) and Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight (3.5 million) were the top individual shows.

Monday Night Football delivered 12.42 million viewers and a 3.6 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic for ESPN, easily the best of the night in both measures. It was up 9 percent in viewers over the same week last season.

The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All led the broadcast networks in adults 18-49 with a 1.0 rating, edging the 0.9 for The Voice. The NBC show, however, had a sizable lead in viewers with 7.09 million to just over 4 million for the Bachelorette special on ABC.

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