You probably won’t be surprised who won the election night ratings race

Fox News took home the ratings crown for its primetime 2018 midterm election night coverage — and also broke a ratings record.

  • The network racked up 7.784 million viewers, with 2.392 million of those in the adults ages 25-54 demo. These numbers made the network’s coverage the most watched for any midterm in cable news history, according to initial data from Nielsen.
  • All told, an estimated 36.1 million people watched election night coverage.
  • NBC was the most watched broadcast network with 5.69 million and 2.282 in the demo.
  • CNN claimed victory in the demo, coming in at 5.07 million with 2.573 in the demo. This was also CNN’s most watched midterm coverage in history and largest audience since its 2016 election night coverage.
  • Despite a massive effort that included a custom built election headquarters set, ABC couldn’t best NBC — with 5.264 million total viewers and 1.957 in the demo.
  • MSNBC totaled 4.479 million viewers and 1.354 in the demo.
  • CBS came in last with 3.897 total and 1.296 in the demo.
  • All told, the 36.1 million total, which included a total of 11 networks, represented a 60 percent boost over 2014 midterms and beat the previous most watched midterm coverage, 2010, by 3 percent.
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