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71 Million Viewers Tuned in to 2016 Election Coverage During Prime
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71 Million Viewers Tuned in to 2016 Election Coverage During Prime

An estimated 71 million people tuned in to watch coverage of the 2016 presidential election during primetime on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

While coverage varied by network, 13 aired live coverage from approximately 8:00 pm ET to 11:00 pm ET.

The chart below highlights the sum of the average audience for these networks.

2016 Presidential Election

Sum of Networks Live + Same Day
  Nov. 8, 2016
  Rating Number of Viewers
All Households 40.0 47,501,000
Persons 2+ 23.6 71,428,000
Persons 18-34 19.3 13,293,000
Persons 35-54 28.0 22,477,000
Persons 55+ 32.5 28,893,000

2016 Networks Included:

ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, TEL, UNI, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business Network, FOXNC, MSNBC, TV One and Lifetime

2012 Presidential Election

Sum of Networks Live + Same Day
  Nov. 6, 2012
  Rating Number of Viewers
Persons 2+ 23.0 66,840,000

2012 Networks Included:

ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, UNI, TEL, CNBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC, Current TV and TV One