How the networks covered the 2018 midterm elections

ABC News‘ election coverage made CBS and NBC’s pale in comparison — the network built a massive (but temporary) election headquarters set in the studio previously occupied by ‘The Chew’ — rather than reusing or redressing an existing set. The set, which was arranged around a circular area dedicated for augmented reality graphics designed by Astucemedia, Mo-Sys tracking gear and powered by Vizrt AR software. The space also boasted four desks for both anchors and commentators, as well as glimpses into work areas behind the broadcast space. 

The sheer size and scale of both the set and augmented reality elements was clear on air as well — with the network’s talent sometimes dwarfed by the set, video panels and augmented reality models. 

ABC’s set also included a standup touchscreen location.

ABC’s fullscreen graphics stuck to the network’s boxy look — with star and small ‘bar chart’ accents.