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."
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