Bret Baier and Martha McCallum manned the Fox News news desk on midterm election night.
Photo: Max Whittaker/Max Whittaker
Photo: Max Whittaker/Max Whittaker

TV briefs: Fox News, CNN both big on election night, CBS 46 creates station manager, ‘Good Behavior’ axed

Originally posted Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Fox News, as usual, took home the crown for most viewers during the prime-time midterm coverage. It averaged 7.8 million viewers Tuesday night from 8 to 11 p.m. That is the largest audience ever for midterm coverage. 

It was the first network to call the House race for the Democrats. 

But CNN won among 25 to 54 year olds, averaging 2.57 million viewers in that demo. It averaged 5.1 million viewers. 

This was the most popular midterm ever overall in terms of people watching it on TV with 36 million people on various TV networks during prime time, according to Nielsen. This doesn’t count millions more who may have streamed coverage.

TVNewser provided the numbers for the six biggest networks:

Fox News:  7,784,000 / 2,391,778 in A25-54
NBC: 5,690,000 / 2,282,000 in 25-54
ABC: 5,264,000 / 1,957,000 in 25-54
CNN: 5,070,235 /  2,573,159 in 25-54
MSNBC: 4,479,433 / 1,354,074 in 25-54
CBS: 3,897,000 / 1,296,000 in 25-54


Jeff Holub's public Facebook profile photo.

CBS46 and Peachtree TV has created a new position: station manager. It has promoted Jeff Holub from creative services manager. 

Holub, who came to the station in 2013, will work with VP and General Manager Lyle Banks toward the execution of strategic and operational goals for CBS46 and Peachtree TV while continuing to oversee creative services. 

“Jeff has been instrumental in the management and growth of programs like Books to Kids, Surprise Squad, and most recently, his leadership of the Pride Parade broadcast, Super Bowl planning, and other key initiatives,” Banks said. 


Atlanta-based TNT has struggled to come up with a hit in recent years. Despite decent reviews, “Good Behavior” was not one of them. 

The drama, starring Michelle Dockery, lasted just two seasons and pulled in very modest ratings, averaging around 1.3 million viewers season two including DVR usage. 

Dockery played Letty, a thief and con artist fresh out of prison trying to stay afloat and reunite with her young son. She becomes involved with a hit man named Javier Pereira, played by Juan Diego Botto.

AT&T has talked about reducing investment in TNT original series and funneling more money into HBO

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.