CNN Sees Big Post-Election Ratings Bump -- 13.6 Million Saturday Night After Biden Win

CNN scored massive ratings that beat all networks --- broadcast and cable -- on Saturday night following the call earlier in the day that Joe Biden had been elected President.

CNN earned 13.6 million Nielsen-measured viewers in prime-time Saturday night for the airing of the speeches by President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President elect Kamala Harris between 8:30 and 9 p.m. ET.

On Saturday, MSNBC came in at second place after CNN with 8.5 million, followed by CBS with 5.6 million, ABC at 4.4 million and Fox News Channel with 2.9 million.

NBC and Fox ratings were not available at press time.

On Saturday it was determined that Joe Biden had won the Presidential election after votes were counted showing that he topped Donald Trump to win Pennsylvania, putting him over the 270 electoral vote-margin needed to be elected President.



Total day Saturday viewing also saw CNN coming in higher than other cable TV networks at 4.2 million. MSNBC earned 3.0 million, while Fox News Channel came in at 1.7 million.

Saturday’s results followed strong results for all networks in the four days and nights after Tuesday's election night -- especially for CNN.

On Thursday, for example -- the second day after the election -- CNN posted 6.6 million viewers followed by Fox News Channel at 5.7 million and MSNBC with 5.1 million. ABC came in at 2.7 million, with NBC at 2.4 million and CBS at 2.1 million.

On Wednesday, the day after the election, CNN had 7.4 million viewers in prime time, followed by Fox News Channel at 6.5 million viewers and MSNBC with 5.0 million, NBC at 3.6 million, ABC with 2.5 million and CBS at 2.0 million.

Election night -- Tuesday -- witnessed Fox News Channel with the best results -- at 13.6 million, followed by CNN at 9.1 million and MSNBC at 7.3 million. These networks were followed by 18 other networks' results ranging from ABC at 6.1 million to a low of 117,000 viewers on CNBC.

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