The presidential election has been an absolute roller coaster ride—for us, for the candidates, and even for the media.
While no one was declared president on election night, the clear winner was Fox News. With 14.1 million viewers during primetime (compared to 9.4 million for CNN and 7.6 million for MSNBC), they swept the show.
Well, sort of…
Fox News did have a record night, but that’s only part of the story. The total number of viewers who tuned in over the course of the evening was 56.9 million, which is actually down 20% from the 71 million viewers who watched in 2016 and still below the 66.8 million who watched in 2012.
And that’s not the only thing that was down. After stirring controversy by calling Arizona for Biden far before any other outlet, and drawing the ire of many Trump supporters for other on-air decisions, Fox News has hemorrhaged viewers.
According to Nielsen TV ratings, several of