Weird, Right? Fewer Watched Election Night TV Coverage Than In 2018

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At a glance

  • About 25.4 million people watched midterm elections coverage across 13 live television networks Tuesday evening in primetime, nearly 30% less than the number that watched the results come in four years ago.
  • Few major upsets made Tuesday’s coverage of the midterm results less compelling than in years past. In 2018, Democrats gained a majority in The House of Representatives, ending Republican’s two-year control over the three major political bodies — the House, Senate and White House.
  • Fox News dominated the ratings, drawing 7.2 million viewers during the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m. ET.

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