Skip to comments.Shutdown coverage benefits cable news networks
Posted on 10/20/2013 9:52:45 PM PDT by Olog-hai
The federal government shutdown damaged the reputations of Washington politicians but proved good business for the cable television news networksand taught some reporters new benefits of virtually instant communications.
CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC saw their viewership increase during the 16-day partial shutdown, peaking at more than five million Wednesday evening when Congress passed a compromise bill to put the government back online.
MSNBC, which has struggled in this post-election year, saw its average prime-time viewership jump 35 percent to 978,000 this month through Wednesday, compared to the first nine months of the year, the Nielsen company said. Fox, which chose not to make any of its reporters available for this story, was up 9 percent to 2.22 million in the same period (although the network also benefited from a prime-time schedule change this month). CNN improved by 11 percent to 721,000.
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