Presidential Election Results: What Time & Channel Is It On TV Tonight?

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How can you watch the presidential election results tonight? (Getty)

The Presidential election is today, and voters around the country will be on the edge of their seats, waiting to find out if Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump wins. The results will be televised on all major broadcast and cable news networks, with the first polls closing at 6 p.m. Eastern and the last polls closing at 1 a.m. Eastern. In presidential elections in recent years, AP called the winner around 11 p.m to 11:40 p.m. Eastern. Here’s a look at the broadcast information. (To see an electoral college map that’s updated as states are announced, please see Heavy’s story here.)

DATE: Tonight, Tuesday, November 8, 2016

ELECTION COVERAGE TIME: Every major broadcast station is beginning their election coverage at different times. However, CNN, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, Telemundo, and other stations will have wall-to-wall coverage all day and night.

TIME POLLS WILL CLOSE: Polls will begin closing at 6 p.m. Eastern in Indiana and Kentucky, with the final polls closing at 1 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday in parts of Alaska. Key times to look out for include 7 p.m. Eastern when polls close in most of Florida; 8 p.m. Eastern, when polls close in most of Texas and other states totaling 292 electoral votes; 9 p.m. Eastern when polls close in New York and other states bringing the total to 432 electoral votes; 10 p.m. Eastern when polls close in Iowa, most of Utah, Nevada and Montana, bringing the total to 457 electoral votes at that point; and 11 p.m. Eastern when polls close in California and a few more states.

You’ll probably want to start tuning in at least by 6 p.m. Eastern, but look out for the times when polls close in major states like Texas, New York, and California close, along with some battleground states such as Florida. You’ll want to especially pay close attention around 11 p.m. Eastern, the hour when the winner has been called in the last few presidential elections.

ELECTION RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT TIME: There’s not a set time that election results are announced, as it depends on when polls are closed and how quickly results are tabulated. In the past, AP has called the election at around 11 p.m. to 11:40 p.m. Eastern time. In 1996, the election was called earlier at 9 p.m. Eastern. And in 2000, because of how close the election was, it was never called on election night itself.

TV CHANNEL: The election results will be broadcast live on all the major networks and leading cable sites, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, CNBC, Fox, Fox News, MSNBC, and PBS NewsHour, Telemundo, and Univision.

To find out what channel the station you want to watch is on for you, click here to go to TV Guide’s listings. Then change the “Provider” (right under TV Listings) to your local provider. You’ll be able to scroll down to see what channel the station you’re interested in is on for you.


Here are some specific broadcast networks and the times they’ll be beginning their coverage of the election results.

  • Major broadcast stations like CNN, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, Telemundo, Univision, and others will have wall-to-wall coverage including:
    • MSNBC begins at 6 a.m. with Election Day 2016, continuing all day and transitioning into Election Night 2016 at 2 p.m. until 3 a.m. Eastern.
    • CNN is hosting Election Night in America at 4 p.m. Eastern for nine hours.
    • Fox News is hosting America’s Election Headquarters at 11 a.m., then continuing at 3 p.m. Eastern until 2 a.m.
    • CSPAN is hosting Election Night 2016 starting at 8 p.m. Eastern for 10 hours.
    • Fox Business is beginning special election coverage at 10 p.m. Eastern for four hours.
    • CNBC is beginning live coverage at 7 a.m. Eastern.
  • PBS News Hour begins live coverage at 8 p.m. Eastern.
  • NBC News is having special election night coverage starting at 7 p.m. Eastern. through 2 a.m., breaking for local news.
  • Fox will begin its “You Decide 2016: Election Special” at 8 p.m. Eastern., breaking for local news coverage, and then beginning again until 1 a.m. Eastern.
  • ABC’s “Voice Your Vote” election night coverage begins at 7 p.m. Eastern to 2 a.m.
  • CBS’ “Campaign 2016” election coverage begins at  7 p.m. Eastern through 2 a.m., breaking for local news.
  • The View’s hosts on Lifetime will offer live reports and commentary as results come in, starting around 9 p.m. Eastern.
  • Daily Show’s Trevor Noah will be live with analysis of election results on Comedy Central at 11 p.m. Eastern.
  • Chris Hardwick of @midnight will have his first ever live show, reacting to social media election posts, at midnight Eastern.

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RESULTS LIVE STREAM: Click here to find watch the presidential results online via live stream.

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