7 November 2012 11:37 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

It was a squeaker race in Nielsen’s popular vote that showed a clearly divided cable news audience. But CNN still managed to edge out Fox News on election night.

CNN delivered 8.8 million viewers (4.4 adults 25-54) on Tuesday evening. Fox News was right behind with 8.7 million viewers (3.5 million adults 25-54). MSNBC placed third with 4.6 million viewers (2 million adults 25-54). The ratings track from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., from polls starting to close through Barack Obama’s late-night acceptance speech.

This is definitely a nice boost for CNN, which has typically placed second to Fox News when covering high-profile debates during this election cycle. »


- James Hibberd

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