NBC won the ratings race for last night's prime-time broadcast TV election coverage, with an average of
12.56 million viewers, according to "fast affiliate returns," with ABC second at an average 11.15 million viewers, and CBS third with an average of 8.42 million viewers.
When it comes to the cable nets, CNN led "in the preliminary Nielsen ratings from 7pm-2am," followed by Fox and MSNBC, writes Robert Seldman.
And speaking of the latter two networks, Tuesday night again provided more evidence of "the partisan bitterness on cable news," which "has never been as stark — and in some ways, as silly or small," according to Jeremy W. Peters in the New York Times. Last night we watched as MSNBC's Chris Matthews made fun of a report about Fox news "talent," saying that its newscasters did not deserve that name. Yes, we'd say that "silly and small" about sums up Matthews' comment, especially on such an important night.