Date: 9th November 2000
More people watched Tuesday night's election coverage on NBC than on any other network, according to overnight figures released Wednesday by Nielsen research. During primetime hours between 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., NBC drew a 12.8 rating and an 18 share (up 35 percent from its ratings for the 1996 election) versus a 10.4/14 for ABC, an 8.9/11 for CBS and a 3.2/4 for Fox. Between them, the networks drew 54 million viewers. Among the cable networks, CNN led with an average 4.7 cable rating in primetime, representing 3.7 million homes. MSNBC was second with a 3.2, followed by Fox News Channel with a 2.8. "The television competition paralleled the election competition with a significantly higher turnout and a more competitive race than in 1996," CBS's chief ratings tracker David Poltrack told the Wall Street Journal.
Source: Studio Briefing