Split screen coverage by CNN shows Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Split screen coverage by CNN shows Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Whether you were backing Trump or hailing Hillary, chances are you were watching it all election night on a “cable channel” as CNN scored a record major win.

CNN had the most-watched prime-time presidential election coverage in cable television history, averaging 13.258 million viewers, topping its broadcast competition, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen.

Fox News Channel finished second, averaging 12.112 million viewers Tuesday, followed by NBC, which averaged 11.152 million, ABC, which averaged 9.236 million, CBS, which averaged 8.088, and MSNBC, which averaged 5.945 million.

Prime-time coverage among the 13 cable and broadcast networks providing live coverage averaged 71.428 million, a 6.9 percent increase over the 66.84 million average for the 13 cable and broadcast networks that provided live prime-time coverage of the 2012 election results.

—City News Service

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