Election 2012 TV Viewing Guide: How the Networks Are Covering

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It’s that day, Election day 2012. It’s a big day for America as voters head to the poll to cast their votes for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney.

So after you cast your votes for our next President, get yourselves some snacks and head to your couch as the broadcast and cable networks offer extensive coverage of the election and real time results planned for the evening.


ABC:ABC News Your Voice, Your Vote – Election Night 2012 will air live from Times Square. Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulous will begin the night with World News with Diane Sawyer beginning at 6:30 PM ET. Coverage will continue until 2 AM ET with a special edition of Nightline at 2:35 AM ET. The political team will also include Katie Couric, who will monitor social media, and Barbara Walters among others. Jake Tapper will be at the Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago. There will also be a group of panelists providing political analysis.

CBS: The Eye Network’s coverage will take place on multiple platforms from 7 PM – 2 AM ET. It will be led by anchor Scott Pelley. CBS Radio will also deliver six hours of coverage and there will be online feeds of the results. Their team also includes Bob Schieffer, Norah O’Donnell, John Dickerson, Byron Pitts, Anthony Masonand others.

FOX: The network will carry coverage from the FOX News Channel (see below). Additional info forthcoming.

NBC: Rockefeller Center will be transformed into Democracy Plaza complete with a replica Oval Office and White House briefing room for the network’s coverage. Decision 2012 coverage, hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, begins at 7 PM ET. David Gregory and Savannah Guthrie will join him. Additional reporting and political analysis will be provided by Tom Brokaw, Andrea Mitchell, Lester Holt and Chuck Todd among others.


CNBC: The cable network’s coverage begins with a two-hour special edition of Squawk Box anchored by Joe Kernen, Becky Quick and Andrew Ross Sorkin at 5 PM ET. Maria Bartiromo and Carl Quintanilla will kick off the 7 PM ET broadcast of Your Money, Your Vote along with Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood.

CNN:Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will host America’s Choice 2012 from Washington DC beginning at 6 PM ET. Analysis will be provided by John King, Gloria Borger and David Gergen. CNN will also have reporters at both candidates’ campaign headquarters and in Ohio.

BET: The music net is getting in on the political action with coverage beginning at 6 PM ET on 106 & Park. Then there will be a special episode of Don’t Sleep at 10 PM and the premiere of BET News’ Battleground 2012: Vote Night at 10:30 PM EST. Ed Gordon will anchor the BET news special and Dorian Warren and LaLa Vasquez among others will be on hand for coverage.

Comedy Central: Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are going live on both coasts for election night. Stewart’s Election Night 2012: This Ends Now will include early results and analysis at 11 PM ET/ 8 PM PT. Colbert’s Election 2012: A Nation Votes, Ohio Decides; The Re-Presidenting of America: Who Will Replact Obama? ‘012! will include a guest appearance by columnist Andrew Sullivan and airs directly after Stewart at 11:30 PM ET/ 8:30 PM PT.

Current TV: Vice President Al Gore will lead a roundtable with Jennifer Granhol and Eliot Spitzer among others beginning at 8 PM ET.

FOX News Channel:America’s Election HQ, anchored by Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly, will begin at 6 PM ET. Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Sustern will also be on hand. Van Susteren will interview former Governor Sarah Palin during the broadcast. FOX News Latino will also get in on the action with a live stream hosted by Rick Sanchez in Spanish at 9 PM ET. Carl Cameron will report from the Romney campaign headquarters in Boston, while Ed Henry will be live from the Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago.

MSNBC: Coverage begins bright and early on MSNBC and continues all day with special editions of Morning Joe, MSNBC Election Day, and Hardball with Chris Matthews. Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews will then take the reigns for the cable network’s primetime coverage of Decision 2012 coverage, which begins at 6 PM ET. Their team also includes Al Sharpton, Lawrence O’Donnell, Ed Schultz, Steve Schmidt, Chuck Toddamong others.

MTV: Throughout the night, beginning at 8:30 PM ET/ 5:30 PM PT, the network will use newsbreaks to provide viewers with updates and coverage. Reporters will be stationed in New York, Chicago and Boston. MTV.com will feature ongoing coverage throughout the day.

Multiple online sites will also be hosting election coverage throughout the night including ABCnews.com, CBS News and The Washington Post on UStream, live.cnn.com, and live.foxnews.com.

This list was compiled in part from reports from Deadline, TVLine and The Huffington Post.

What network will you be watching the election on? Let us know in the comments below!

Take a look at our complete coverage of the election here. 

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