Fox News Channel was the number one network in prime time on all of basic cable last week (10/6/08-10/12/08), marking only the second time this year that the network reached cable's top spot. Previously, Fox News Channel placed first during the Republican National Convention (9/1/08-9/7/08), which was the network's first time claiming the top spot since Hurricane Katrina (8/29/05-9/4/05).
According to Nielsen Media Research, Fox News averaged 3.4 million viewers in prime time last week, beating out TBS (3.3 million), USA (2.8 million), and ESPN (2.6 million) for the top spot. CNN placed fifth, averaging 2.4 million viewers in prime time, while MSNBC placed ninth, averaging 1.6 million viewers in prime time.
Fox News placed second only to Nickelodeon in total-day ratings, averaging 1.5 million viewers to Nickelodeon's 2.1 million viewers. CNN placed ninth in total day ratings, averaging 1.0 million viewers, while MSNBC came in 15th, averaging 685 million viewers.