NBC wins election night ratings race
NBC reports from New York's Rockefeller Center, which was transformed into "Democracy Plaza" on Nov. 6, 2012. / NBC
NBC News took election night in the network ratings, according to The Hollywood Reporter, citing fast affiliate numbers.
The network's prime-time coverage landed in first place with a 4.6 rating among the 18-49 demographic and 12.6 million total viewers. Anchor Brian Williams, who led the network's election programming from "Democracy Plaza," was also the first to announce that President Barack Obama had won the race. "He remains president of the United States for a second term," Williams said shortly after 11 p.m. ET.
ABC snagged second place with 3.8 adults rating and 11.15 million total viewers. A lot of buzz surrounded ABC's coverage on Wednesday thanks to Diane Sawyer's slow delivery, sparking a few jokes on Twitter. Some viewers even wondered whether the veteran journalist had a few drinks before going on air.
The network happened to suffer from a power outage, too, and Sawyer took to Twitter on Wednesday to address both viewers' tweets and the power situation: "Awe for the @ABC powerhouse team. Hail the techs who kept us on air....during 25 minute power outage. Read your tweets the good, bad, and the funny. See you on @ABCWorldNews."
CBS, meanwhile, landed in third place with a 2.7 rating among adults and 8.42 million viewers. Host Scott Pelley anchored the network's election coverage alongside Bob Schieffer and Norah O'Donnell.
In fourth place was Fox, which posted a 2.0 rating and garnered an estimated 5 million viewers.
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