Here are the prime time ratings results for the broadcast networks, followed by the ratings for the cable networks.
ABC finished in first place from 9:30 to 11:00 PM with 9.670M viewers and was first in adults 25-54, the key demographic for news programs. NBC followed in second place with its coverage from 10:00 to 11:00 PM with 7.00M viewers tuning in. Which leaves CBS for last place with its 10:00 to 11:00 PM coverage which attracted 6.30M viewers.
Among the cable networks from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM (prime time), FNC was first with 3.06M viewers while CNN followed in second place with a very close 2.97M viewers and MSNBC was last with 1.95M viewers.
Among adults 25-54, CNN was first with 1.33M viewers to 1.25M for FNC and .89M for MSNBC.
Tallying that all up comes to about 31M viewers tuning in to election night coverage across all major broadcast and cable nets, up from about 26M in 2002.
Comedy Central showed up very well with their special “Midterm Midtacular” from 11:00 PM to 12:00 AM which attracted about 1.8M viewers.