TV ratings: CNN, Fox News share Iowa caucuses coverage victory

MICHAEL O'CONNELL
Cruz Wins, Clinton Caught in Close Race in Iowa
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It wasn't debate big, but Monday was still a strong night for cable news.

Wall-to-wall coverage of the Iowa Caucuses on CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC saw the biggest viewer turnout between in the traditional primetime block of 8 and 11 p.m. ET.

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In the key demo, CNN averaged 1.394 million. That put it above FNC's 1.165 million and, naturally, quite far ahead of MSNBC's 592,000 adults 25-54. For CNN, the haul was up 56 percent from the 2008 Iowa Caucuses coverage -- the last time both the Democratic and Republican parties had contested races.

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With 4.461 million viewers, FNC won the night's race for total viewers. It topped CNN's 3.73 million and MNSBC's respectable third-place showing of 1.968 million.

More, including on how Monday stacked up against 2008, to come ...

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