Most months, the cable news ratings show little fluctuation. Fox News is always dominant, and the rest of the pack shuffles around a bit. In May, though, there were dramatic jumps in many shows' ratings. (Fox News, however, was still dominant, taking the top 12 shows of the month. Some things never, ever change.)
Leading the dramatic-jump pack? CNN. The network benefited from the big ratings spike it received after the killing of Osama bin Laden, and it posted impressive numbers, beating its May 2010 ratings by 60%. Anderson Cooper's viewing figures grew by 89% in the A25-54 demo and by over 400,000 overall, and he topped MSNBC in both categories. Piers Morgan and John King's ratings also jumped.
Over at MSNBC, Rachel Maddow continued her streak as the network's most popular anchor, and "Morning Joe" had a solid month.
How did individual shows do? Below, see the top 30 cable news programs for May.