There was a wave on election night–and it poured into Fox News. Overnight ratings released Wednesday by Nielsen show Fox News Channel dominated its cable and broadcast news competitors Tuesday night, delivering a total prime-time audience of 7.784 million viewers–the highest-rated midterm election in cable news history.
NBC had the second-largest audience, with 5.690 million, followed by ABC (5.264 million), CNN (5.070 million), MSNBC (4.749 million) and CBS (3.897 million). Nielsen also tracked election night from the start of news coverage at 6 p.m. ET through 1 a.m., with Fox News finishing first (6.120 million), well ahead of MSNBC (3.945 million) and CNN (3.878 million).
Two years ago, Donald Trump’s surprise victory came on the most-watched night of election coverage in cable news history, with CNN beating Fox News in prime-time, with 13.3 million viewers, to FNC’s 12.1 million. MSNBC was a distant third with just under 6 million.
Two years before that, during President Obama’s second midterm elections, Fox News Channel was the clear winner with 6.3 million total viewers, followed by CNN (2.1 million) and MSNBC (1.7 million).
Fox News was first not just in the ratings–but also in making the key call of the night, leading all other networks in declaring the Democrats victorious in their efforts to take control of the House of Representatives. FNC’s call, which came just after 9:30 p.m. ET, was credited to the network’s brand new Fox News Voter Analysis system, which was launched with the Associated Press and used data from surveys conducted across the country rather than traditional exit polls. No other network called the House until 10:22 pm, when NBC News made its call.
This article originally appeared on Forbes