When news of the shooting at Fort Hood broke Tuesday, Fox News is where the majority of Americans turned for breaking news coverage.
Over the course of the breaking news, from 3PM-12AM, Fox News averaged 3.039 million total viewers, more than CNN (1.576 million), MSNBC (820,000), and HLN (428,000) combined. In the Adults 25-54 demographic over that time period, Fox News averaged 837,000 viewers, more than CNN's 471,000, MSNBC's 248,000, and HLN's 177,000.
In primetime, Fox News averaged 3.765 million total viewers to CNN's 2.024 million, MSNBC's 1.101 million, and HLN's 621,000. In the primetime A25-54 demo, Fox Nes averaged 1.147 million total viewers to CNN's 596,000, MSNBC's 308,000, and HLN's 221,000.
The breaking news brought several ratings records for Fox News as well: "Special Report with Bret Baier" (3.351 million), "Fox Report with Shepard Smith" (3.966 million) and "The O'Reilly Factor" all drew their largest total viewer audiences of 2009.