If there's a news industry headline from the 1st night of the Democratic National Convention, it's this: MSNBC Rocks CNN & Fox. Rolandz's rec list diary has an excellent overview of the cable news network's viewership numbers from last night; this diary expands on those numbers and compares to 2008.
Let's get right to the numbers (provided by an acquaintance at MSNBC). First chart is total viewership, compared with 2008 DNC coverage:
MSNBC is the only cable network in positive territory, and wow, are their numbers are up significantly from 2008 campaign coverage (up 65.5% during prime time, 7PM to 11PM). The network's total viewership on DNC day 1 was nearly double that of Fox, and 1/2 million more viewers than
Faux Lite CNN.
I guess the CNN Brewpub at the DNC isn't making much of a difference for their ratings. I'll diary Big Dog's numbers tomorrow.