As is often the case with breaking news, CNN led the ratings
race on Saturday night as viewers tuned into cable news for coverage of the
death of pop singer Whitney Houston.
During the 8 p.m. hour when news of Houston's death broke,
CNN saw 2 million total viewers for its coverage hosted by Piers Morgan to Fox News' 1.8 million and MSNBC's 638,000
viewers, according to Nielsen time period data for Feb. 11. CNN also led in the adults 25-54 demo with 878,000 while FNC had
320,000 and MSNBC had 311,000.
All of the networks were up over the previous Saturday, with
ratings in primetime up 327% on CNN, 65% on MSNBC and 16% on Fox News.