Tuesday cable ratings: CNN wins night with Midterm Elections coverage, ‘The Purge’ finale stays steady

In a competitive night for cable news, as coverage of the midterm elections dominated the Tuesday cable ratings, CNN came out on top in the adults 18-49 demo.

The network’s “Election Night in America” special took all of the top 3 spots of the night with 2.0, 1.9, and 1.6 ratings from 8-10 p.m. Fox News’ “America’s Election HQ” did, however, score the most total viewers of the night with a peak 8.07 million at 9 p.m.

Elsewhere, ESPN’s coverage of the Duke vs. Kentucky college basketball game was the night’s highest-rated, non-sports broadcast with a 1.2 in the 18-49 demo and 2.85 million viewers. Meanwhile, USA’s “WWE Smackdown” was steady with another 0.7. Bravo’s “Below Deck” continued its recent 0.5 streak as well.

FX’s “Mayans M.C.” (0.5) and USA’s “The Purge” (0.4) also closed out their first seasons in steady fashion, and maintained the same ratings as their previous episodes.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Show
Net
Time
Total viewers (000s)
18-49 rating

ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA
CNN
9:00 PM
5,410
2.0

ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA
CNN
10:00 PM
5,064
1.9

ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA
CNN
8:00 PM
4,737
1.6

AMERICAS ELECTION HQ
FOX NEWS
10:00 PM
7,912
1.4

AMERICAS ELECTION HQ
FOX NEWS
9:00 PM
8,071
1.4

ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA
CNN
11:00 PM
3,702
1.3

COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – DUKE/KENTUCKY
ESPN
9:58 PM
2,849
1.2

AMERICAS ELECTION HQ
FOX NEWS
8:00 PM
7,370
1.2

CFP RANKINGS SHOW L
ESPN
9:26 PM
2,892
1.2

ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA
CNN
7:00 PM
3,420
1.1

AMERICAS ELECTION HQ
FOX NEWS
11:00 PM
6,048
1.0

AMERICAS ELECTION HQ
FOX NEWS
7:00 PM
5,621
0.9

MSNBC ELECTION COVERAGE: 2018 MIDTERMS
MSNBC
8:00 PM
4,657
0.8

COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – MICHIGAN STATE/KANSAS
ESPN
7:00 PM
1,996
0.8

ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA
CNN
12:00 AM
2,253
0.8

ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA
CNN
6:00 PM
2,563
0.7

WWE SMACKDOWN
USA
8:00 PM
2,088
0.7

AMERICAS ELECTION HQ
FOX NEWS
12:00 AM
3,762
0.6

AMERICAS ELECTION HQ
FOX NEWS
6:00 PM
4,059
0.5

BELOW DECK
BRAVO
9:00 PM
1,318
0.5

MAYANS M.C.
FX
10:00 PM
1,306
0.5

ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA
CNN
1:00 AM
1,530
0.5

MSNBC ELECTION COVERAGE: 2018 MIDTERMS
MSNBC
6:00 PM
3,016
0.5

ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA
CNN
5:00 PM
1,995
0.5

MSNBC ELECTION COVERAGE: 2018 MIDTERMS
MSNBC
12:00 AM
2,531
0.4

Source: The Nielsen Company

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