Between Nov. 4 and Sunday, CNN has averaged 1.73 million viewers, more than double a year ago, Nielsen said. Fox News Channel had 1.56 million and MSNBC had 1.53 million. It’s the first time since December 2001, the newsy period after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, that CNN has beaten Fox News in this measurement for as long as a month, Nielsen added. Among the broadcast networks, NBC led last with a primetime average of 6 million viewers.
Fox News averaged 5.03 million viewers last week, easily topping the cable networks. With two football games and the conclusion of the World Series dominating its schedule, the Fox broadcasting network was the most-watched network in primetime, reaching an average of 7 million viewers. NBC had 5.6 million, ABC had 4.1 million, CBS had 3 million, Ion Television had 1.2 million, Univision had 1.1 million and Univision had 910,000.
With a dearth of scripted programs thanks to the coronavirus, broadcast network viewership was down a whopping 61% from the premiere week last year, according to Nielsen.