03/30/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Fox News Widens Lead In First Month Of Obama Administration

The first weeks of the Obama presidency were remarkably popular ones for the Fox News Channel.

Fox News ranked No. 3 among all cable networks in prime time for the month of February, according to Nielsen Media Research. The network averaged 2.4 million viewers in prime time, up 28 percent from the same month last year.

The February ratings, released this week, represented a stark widening of the gap between Fox News and the nation's other cable news channels. At times last year, heightened interest in the presidential election placed Fox News and CNN in stiff competition for viewers, especially those viewers in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic. (The networks sell much of their advertising time using ratings for that demographic.) Also last year, the historically third-place MSNBC became more competitive than ever before.

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