FOX had the highest Adults 25 - 54 demographic in both the 8PM and 9PM hours. MSNBC came in second with CNN slipping to third.
During the 10PM CNN comes out on top for the week. They won the time slot in the demo three nights out of five. FOX had the second highest average for the week during 10PM. Both FOX and CNN coded their Wednesday night post debate analysis as regular programming which explains why their average ratings are significantly above MSNBC.
Wednesday night was the final Presidential debate of 2008. CNN came out on top in the Adults 25 - 54 demographic with over 4 million viewers.
- FOX: 2,961,000
- CNN: 4,303,000
- MSNBC: 1,553,000
1 4 day average. Wednesday debate coverage excluded during 9PM hour on CNN, MSNBC, & FOX. 10PM hour also excluded on MSNBC which coded that timeslot as Analysis. CNN & FOX coded their 10PM as regular programming.
2 4 day average. HLN aired Lou Dobbs at 9PM on Friday night. Thursday night was the last night that Glenn Beck's show aired.
^ Courtesy Nielsen Media Research; Demographics where noted; Live + Same Day (LS) Fast Track Nationals.
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