NBC News was the most-watched cable television network on 2012 election night. Its presidential election coverage hosted by Brian Williams on Tuesday, November 6 at 8-11 P.M. drew over 12.1 million total viewers and 5.8 million viewers aged 25-54.
NBC News, which was the first to call the race for President Barack Obama, beat FOX News which placed second with 11.15 million viewers. ABC was third with 10.5 million total viewers, followed by CNN and CBS with 9.25 million and 7.9 million respectively.
According to Nielsen Media Research, a total of 66.8 million viewers from 13 networks watched this year's election coverage during primetime. The number's down about 7% from 2008 (71.5 million).
Though NBC News won the ratings, it was ABC's election night coverage which drew a lot of attention as anchor Diane Sawyer displayed a rather unusual behavior during the broadcast. She was slurring her words, raising speculations that she was either drunk or on med.