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Viewers apparently weren’t too fatigued by Tuesday night’s grueling election coverage, which went all the way to 3 a.m. Wednesday brought strong ratings across cable news, particularly at Fox News Channel. The network topped in primetime and during Hillary Clinton’s late-morning concession.
The latter proved to be a truly exceptional draw, despite the unfriendly 11 a.m. hour. Across the main three cable news networks, more than 15 million tuned in to watch Clinton address supporters. Fox topped out with nearly 8 million viewers during Clinton’s speech.
In primetime, as coverage digested the eventful 24 hours and Donald Trump’s status as president-elect, Fox News Channel topped among total viewers (5.9 million) and the key news demo of adults 25-54 (1.6 million). Bragging rights for the night’s top telecast go to Bill O’Reilly.
CNN was a competitive No. 2 in the key demo, averaging nearly 1.3 million adults 25-54. The network averaged 2.9 million viewers in primetime, outpacing MSNBC (1.8 million viewers; 562,000 adults 25-54) by both measures.
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