Fox News was the number one network in primetime in all of cable last week, riding the Scott Brown victory wave to beat out the USA Network for the top slot.
Fox News averaged 3.213 million total viewers in primetime last week, edging out USA (3.194 million).
This marks the first time Fox News claimed the #1 spot in cable since the week of the 2008 presidential election.
In April 2009, Fox News began selling advertisers on the idea that it was gunning for the #1 spot in cable.
CNN averaged 980,000 total primetime viewers for the week for 22nd place among all cable networks; MSNBC averaged 761,000 total primetime viewers for 25th place.
The week's news was dominated by the Massachusetts special election and the ongoing relief effort in Haiti. A Pew Research Center analysis showed that Fox News and MSNBC both focused on Haiti news about 15% of the time last week; CNN, by comparison, covered the Haiti earthquake about 60% of the time.
On the program level, "Glenn Beck" set several records last week: Beck saw his highest rated week ever among both total viewers (3.526 million) and the A25-54 demographic (967,000). He also saw his highest telecast ever on Friday, averaging 3.992 million total viewers and 1.127 A25-54 viewers.
"Glenn Beck" (5PM), "The O'Reilly Factor" (8PM), and "Hannity" (9PM) all won their timeslots among basic cable for the week in total viewers; "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" (10PM) and "Special Report with Bret Baier" (6PM) both ranked second in their timeslots; and "Fox Report with Shepard Smith" (7PM) ranked 3rd in its timeslot.
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