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GOP gains; Fox News Channel wins

An off-year election night the GOP is touting as the launch of a "Republican renaissance" delivered a decisive primetime ratings win for Fox News Channel too.

After three years of Democratic wins, Republicans captured the governorships in New Jersey and Virginia -- two states President Obama won last year.

This prompted GOP chairman Michael S. Steele, the Post reported, to deliver the "Republican renaissance" line.

Meanwhile, Fox News Channel, which one year ago had its head handed to it by CNN on election night, was dancing the Comeback Dance -- the network having scored nearly twice as many viewers as CNN, MSNBC and HLN -- combined.

FNC averaged more than 4 million viewers in primetime Tuesday. That's 84 percent more people than the cable network has averaged in primetime so far this calendar year. The NewsCorp-owned network thumped NBC Universal's MSNBC, which attracted 974,000 people to its election coverage in primetime.

FNC also stomped on Time Warner's CNN, which averaged 826,000 people, and its HLN, which logged 842,000 viewers.

That said, HLN was the only other network to enjoy an election-night ratings uptick. It's Tuesday crowd was was nearly 50 percent bigger than its 2009 primetime average. CNN and MSNBC were down 12 percent and 18 percent, respectively.

Oh, and FNC's crowd was more than twice that of CW's in primetime that night. CW did not have any election coverage Tuesday but it did honor two other American traditions: "90210" and "Melrose Place."

By Lisa de Moraes  |  November 4, 2009; 7:24 PM ET
Categories:  TV News  
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Comments

Wow, the wrestling channel must have taken a huge hit last night as all its viewers switched over to Faux. All that to hear it spin Sarah Palin's upstate NY humiliation into something positive. Well, whatever floats your boat.

Posted by: B2O2 | November 4, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

The only thing that disturbs most Americans about Fox "News" is that there are actually people in this country stupid enough to swallow the never-ending stream of diarrhea that spews from that channel.

Posted by: wilder5121 | November 4, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

A study was conducted at a college a year or so ago. A group of people were tested after watching three hours of Fox News on five different days. IQ tests were then administered and it was found that all had suffered a precipitous drop in their intelligence quotients, some severe enough that they had to drop out of college because they could no longer handle the intellectual demands of their courses. That is the real explanation for the popularity of Fox News, morons watching morons.

Posted by: nyrunner101 | November 4, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

CNN International reached a new low on Tuesday: instead of covering the U.S. election, CNN stuffed the evening with footage of the Karadzic trial in The Hague, a tour of a new Formula One track in the Middle East, and the Weather. And replays of all that.

No wonder CNN is losing wiewers.

Posted by: tropicalfolk | November 4, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Say what you will about Fox News' political leanings, their coverage was far and away the best of the elections themeslves. While MSNBC had Rachel Maddow talking about the health care bill Tuesday night and then ran what appeared to be a rerun of the 8 p.m. Olbermann show, and CNN had Larry King talking to Jesse Ventura and Ben Stein, Fox--if you could stand Hannity--at least had stuff like Frank Luntz doing a focus group, Karl Rove analyzing numbers and pundits talking about what the election meant. They actually covered the election results

Posted by: TheFingerman | November 5, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

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