Nielsens: Election coverage turnout slips
Posted November 13, 2012
Election returns. The results of the presidential race drew 66.8 million viewers across 13 networks in prime time Tuesday, down from 71.5 million in 2008. NBC won the most viewers, with 12 million, followed by Fox News (11.5 million). But Fox's ratings plunged (and MSNBC's climbed) after the race was called in late night.
Singing styles. In a rare head-to-head match-up prompted by Tuesday's election, NBC's The Voice (10.5 million viewers) Wednesday handily defeated Fox's The X Factor (7 million), and more narrowly won Thursday's results duel. Season to date, Voice (14.4 million) is also stronger, pacing 4 million viewers ahead.
Cable corner. The season finale of TLC's Breaking Amish (3.8 million) neared a record high and spawned a spinoff, Amish Mafia, due next month. Openers: USA's Burn Notice (3.5 million Thursday); Discovery's Moonshiners (3.1 million Wednesday); TBS' Wedding Band (1.8 million Saturday); and Bravo's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (1.8 million Monday) and Top Chef (a low 912,000).
Bigger 'Bang.' CBS' The Big Bang Theory (16.7 million viewers) hit a series high Thursday, with an episode that ranked behind only Sunday Night Football (20.9 million) for the week.
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