Fox Crushed MSNBC In Ratings After Sanford Verdict on Saturday Night

Dylan Byers at Politico underlined that all of MSNBC's focus on the Zimmerman trial did not pay off when the verdict came down on Saturday night -- a time when MSNBC is usually running stale "Lockup" shows.

During the 10-11 p.m. hour, when the verdict was released, Fox News had 3,682,000 total viewers while MSNBC with 1,298.000. (CNN and HLN both placed ahead of MSNBC).

MSNBC also trailed dramatically in the 25-54 demographic, with just 510,000 viewers, compared to 1,716,000 on CNN, 1,113,000 on Fox and 980,000 on HLN.

Byers concluded: “Despite branding itself as "the place for politics," MSNBC went wall-to-wall on the Zimmerman trial after watching its ratings tank in recent months. It doesn't seemed to have helped.”

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis