Fox News Channel led cable for Obama speech


As cable news outlets go, Fox News Channel is hardly the favorite of the current Democratic White House. Nonetheless, FNC trounced its cable competitors in attracting viewers for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

The Nielsen Company reported that nearly 43 million people watched Tuesday’s speech – a combined total for six commercial broadcast and five cable networks. The majority still watched broadcast, but FNC had the biggest audience in cable.

FNC attracted 4.96 million viewers to the State of the Union address, with CNN well back at 2.94 million and MSNBC at 2.5 million.

The three combined, which was 10.4 million, barely beat the top broadcast network, NBC, which had 9.29 million viewers for the speech.