Election Night Ratings: ABC Wins in Broadcast; CNN Wins on Cable

On Tuesday night, some 71.5 million viewers tuned in across 14 television networks to watch Senator Barack Obama’s victory over Senator John McCain, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Overall it was the highest rated election night since 1980.

On broadcast television, ABC News was big winner. On cable, CNN dominated.

The Nielsen numbers for total viewers via THR:

ABC: 13,135,000

NBC: 12,018,000

CBS: 7,829,000

Fox: 5,137,000

 

CNN: 12,304,000

Fox News: 9,044,000

MSNBC: 5,889,000

Election Night Ratings: ABC Wins in Broadcast; CNN Wins on Cable