- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Well, here’s a sobering reality check. Even when politics reach a fever pitch, Americans still pine for crime - or amateur singers. Some stark overnight ratings from Nielsen reveal that 11.7 million watched the CBS crime drama “NCIS” on Tuesday night, compared to 5.3 million who stuck around after 10 p.m. for the network’s special election coverage.

On NBC, “The Voice” pulled in a hefty 9.5 million viewers before election fare kicked in; 4.3 million stayed to watch. At ABC, a pop culture special garnered 3.5 million viewers - and so did their election coverage.

But the ultimate winner? Fox News won the ratings derby altogether for prime time election coverage in the 10 p.m. time slot, pulling in 6.6 million viewers, followed by CNN with 1.9 million, and MSNBC with 1.6 million.

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