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Fox News Tops Cable Ratings for Vice Presidential Debate Coverage

Fox News was the most watched cable network for the Oct. 4 Vice Presidential Debate, although viewership was far lower than for last month's Presidential debate.

Fox News averaged 6.1 million total viewers to lead all cable networks providing live coverage of the Mike Pence-Tim Kaine debate, according to Nielsen. CNN was second with 4.1 million viewers and MSNBC was third with 3.1 million watchers.

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CNN topped all cable news nets in key demos including adults 25-54 (1.6 million viewers) and adults 18-34 (561,000 viewers), according to Nielsen.

Overall, 35.6 million viewers watched the debate across eight broadcast and cable channels, according to Nielsen. Those numbers fell well short of the 84 million viewers that tuned into the Sept. 26 Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. 

Most Watched Shows On Cable For Oct. 4

Show                                                   Network                                 Total viewers

VP Debate                                          Fox News                                6.1 million

VP Debate Analysis                           Fox News                                5.2 million

MLB Wild Card (Balt/Tor)                   TBS                                         4.1 million

VP Debate                                          CNN                                        4.1 million

The Kelly File                                     Fox News                                3.2 million

VP Debate                                          MSNBC                                   3.1 million

The O’Reilly Factor                            Fox News                                3.0 million

Debate Night In America                   CNN                                        3.0 million

WWE SmackDown                           USA Network                           2.3 million

MSNBC Debate Analysis                  MSNBC                                   2.2 million

Source: Nielsen