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Midterm election ratings: Fox News Channel beats CNN and MSNBC

November 3, 2010 |  2:08 pm

Does the Fox News Channel fare better during conservative-leaning elections? That's what early ratings for midterm election coverage suggest. On Tuesday night, Fox News scored more viewers than CNN or MSNBC. Nielsen Media Reserch indicates that Fox News' prime-time average was 7 million total viewers, while CNN earned 2.4 million and MSNBC earned 1.9 million.

Compared to the 2006 midterm elections, Fox News' prime-time viewership was up 128%, while CNN's was down 18% and MSNBC's stayed the same. Early reports hint that FNC might also dominate the broadcast network election coverage, but the final numbers for the broadcast networks will not be available until Thursday morning.

— Melissa Maerz